Friday, October 31, 2014

LCW Welcomes Author Shawn Smucker 11/15/14 PLUS Writers Contest & Course

Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is our November LCW meeting. Join us in welcoming well-known Lancaster area author and speaker Shawn Smucker on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9).
SPEAKER: Shawn Smucker is an author, blogger, and speaker who is passionate about storytelling and the importance of living an adventurous life. He has written five traditionally published books of non-fiction, ten self-published books of non-fiction, and is currently in the middle of releasing his first novel, The Day the Angels Fell, through a Kickstarter campaign. He received his English degree from Messiah College and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife and four children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and at

WORKSHOP: A Writer’s Quest”. For many writers the Holy Grail they are trying to discover is a life where they can make a living as a writer, spending their days in coffee shops or in a cabin overlooking a lake. Shawn Smucker has been making a living as a writer for the last five years, and it hasn't been all coffee shops and dreamy cabins. On Saturday, November 15th, he'll share with you his own story: the circumstances that led to him writing for a living, how he makes it work now, and the questions you need to ask yourself if making a living as a writer is your goal. 

Well-known editor and author Kathy Ide, founder and president of the Christian Editor Connection and Christian PEN, has invited LCW members to participate in the 3rd annual “Promising Beginnings” Christian Writers Conference. She sends this message to Lancaster Christian Writers members: “Because I believe in the power, impact, and influence of Christian writers’ conferences, and the Mount Hermon conference in particular, I am holding a contest in which the prize is a full scholarship to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (an $897 value). There is NO FEE to enter this contest. It is open to both published and unpublished writers, regardless of whether they've previously attended a Mount Hermon conference. Deadline to enter is November 30. Full details are on”

LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE OFFERS ON-LINE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE: Many of you have enjoyed workshops taught by York area Christian suspense novelist Mike Dellosso. The following invitation just came in to LCW from the LBC communications department. “Lancaster Bible College is offering this fall a 6-week online course on Creative Writing, taught by Mike Dellosso.  The course can be done for credit– towards a degree or enrolled as non-degree seeking – or it can be audited with the potential for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards various available certificates.  Please visit to learn more about the course.

CRITIQUE GROUPS: And don't forget to bring your latest work-in-progress from this summer for critique groups (ten copies up to 1500 words).

As always, email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers