Friday, February 14, 2014

SNOW WARNING!! Lancaster Christian Writers Is Cancelled For Tomorrow, Saturday, February 15th

Isn't this weather unbelievable! With more snow on ground than I've ever seen since moving to Lancaster, PA, the sun is now shining with promise of a beautiful day. BUT that implacable, and unfortunately, to this point incredibly accurate, hourly weather forecast has more snow starting at midnight and going through at least noon tomorrow. SO with much reluctance, I am making an executive decision that your safety on the roads is more important than my own disappointment not to see such delightful fellow writers this month. Our speaker Dave Bond has graciously agreed to reschedule his workshop for next month. So stay home, keep warm, and enjoy your Valentines weekend. Lancaster Christian Writers is officially cancelled for Saturday, February 15th, 2014.

Until next month,
Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Welcomes Author Dave Bond This Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weather permitting (and we're trusting it will!), Lancaster Christian Writers will be meeting Saturday, February 15, 2014,  at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). Local Lancaster area author David Bond will be sharing his own writing and life journey with us in a workshop entitled "More Than Sales".

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: When David Bond, already dealing with Type 1 diabetes and epilepsy, lost his eyesight in 1988 less than two years after marriage, he never anticipated his own personal challenges and spiritual journey would lead to a writing career. First published in an anthology, David now has five Christian novels in print, including The Attaché, whose main protagonist loses his eyesight in Iraq. David's unique blend of biblically based fiction and intrigue delves into personal relationships where romance is second to grasping God’s larger picture. In his, “All Things Are Possible” trilogy, David weaves characters and story line of each book around medical conditions he knows from first-hand experience, providing insight into blindness, diabetes, and epilepsy in a way only someone who lives with these conditions can.

WORKSHOP: David Bond believes strongly that a calling to write is more than just about sales, but a gifting to ministry. In his workshop, "More Than Sales," he will be sharing his own life journey, along with a fascinating hands-on glimpse of the practicalities behind writing entire books without being able to see the computer screen, and some tips on story-weaving as well. If as a writer, you've ever wrestled with the validity and purpose of your gifting, then the message of "More Than Sales" is for you.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: Come prepared for our usual critique groups as well.

WEATHER: We will hope the groundhog is wrong, and the weather will be warmed by Saturday. But unless roads are impassible, we WILL be meeting. If you are not sure, check the LCW blogsite. Any cancellations will be posted there. An e-notice will be sent out as well.

Until Saturday!

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lancaster Christian Writers Hosts One-Day Conference Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Lancaster Bible College

Whether you are a writer or know one, you'll want to mark your calendar for Lancaster Christian Writers' Super Saturday 2014!! to be held April 12th, 2014, from 8:30am.-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. This one-day writers conference offers a full slate of workshops taught by top industry professionals in both fiction and non-fiction fields.  An early registration price of $40 is due by Wednesday, April 9, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch (think Panini!) and LCW membership. Registrations after April 9 and walk-ins day of the conference are $50.

A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Tracy Higley, Mike Dellosso, Marsha Hubler, and Joyce Magnin. Non-fiction faculty include marketing/promotions expert Suzanne Kuhn, founder of author promotions firm SuzyQ, as well as journalist/editor/author Jeannette Scott, and veteran editor/ agent/author Dave Fessenden. Keynoting the opening session will be renowned conference director/publisher/ author/speaker Marlene Bagnull.

Workshops cover such topics as:
  • The Hero’s Journey: Perfecting Plot and Story Structure.
  • That’s What I’m Talking About! Reaching Your Audience Through Social Media
  • Borrowed Eyes: Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Your Characters
  • Be Engaging! Maximizing Interactions to Turn Any Public Appearance into an Effective Author Event.
  • Every Story Needs a Home: World-Building for Contemporary, Historical and Fantasy Fiction.
  • A Fly on the Wall in a Publishing House: How Publishing Decisions Are Made and How You Can Get Your Material Off The Slush Pile.
  • Bring Out the Child In You: Writing on the Child’s Level Without Talking Down
  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! In This Intro to Narrative Nonfiction, Learn How True Stories Told Well Can Impact Readers' Hearts and Minds.
A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Conference attendees can get personal consultations with faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lancaster Christian Writers welcomes writers of all churches and denominations and of all levels and genres. Monthly meetings offer opportunities for manuscript critique, networking with other writers, and occasional workshops and guest authors. More information, including the Super Saturday 2014 Flyer/Registration Form and Press Release can be found at above link OR can be requested at

Mail the Super Saturday 2014 registration form and check or money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.  Email questions to LCW President Jeanette Windle at (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM.