Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mark Your Calendar For LCW's 2015-2016 Calendar Year Kickoff Saturday, September 26th: NOTE This is 4th, NOT 3rd Saturday

Wow, can summer really be almost over? I think I blinked and missed it! It was good to see many LCW members at Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. Others took in St. Davids or Montrose Conferences. If you didn't make it to a conference, I trust your summer has at least included some writing time.

SEPTEMBER LCW KICKOFF: Regardless, do jump-start your fall writing by joining Lancaster Christian Writers 2015-2016 Kickoff on Saturday, September 26th at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Please note this is the FOURTH Saturday, rather than the usual THIRD, due to a scheduling conflict (mine, actually. I will be ministry traveling over the next 2 1/2 months on three separate continents, but will be briefly back in Lancaster for 9/26).

SPEAKER:  LCW president Jeanette Windle (yes, that's me!) will be sharing one of most popular and practical workshops she taught at GPCWC: The A to Z of Writing a Sellable Article.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The A to Z of Writing the Sellable Article: Where to find material or choose a topic? What makes an attention-grabbing lead and headline? What to include and how to organize? A great conclusion or just petering out? Taught by a twenty-year-veteran missions journalist and editor, this workshop lays out in practical steps how to turn out consistently exciting, tightly written articles, no matter your theme or subject matter.

SPEAKER BiO: Award-winning novelist, missions journalist, editor and collaborative writer Jeanette Windle grew up in equatorial South America's guerrilla hot zones, has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty. Those experiences have birthed 16 fiction titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom (2010 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist), Freedom's Stand, (2012 ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award finalist), and Congo Dawn (2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year) as well as non-fiction collaborative titles Hope Underground: The Chilean Mine Rescue and Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace (Bethany House, Fall, 2015). 

OCTOBER MEETING: We have also confirmed as speaker for our October meeting on Saturday, 10/17 (yes, that is back to 3rd Saturday!) Shelley Adina, bestselling Christian steampunk and Amish romance novelist, who was with us in 2013. She will be flying in again from CA for the Strasburg Railroad Festival and is taking time out to share another fiction workshop with us: Creating Communities With Character.

FALL/WINTER CALENDAR: We still have openings for speakers November-June, so if you have a suggestion for either speaker or workshop, please contact me at We also have openings to share a devotional (5-10 minutes) each month. This is your opportunity to share your own inspirational writing with the group, so please do contact me if you'd like to get on the schedule.

As always, email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers