Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lancaster Christian Writers Kicks Off Fall Calendar Saturday, 9-17-16 with Author/Communicator Shawn Smucker

Wow, was that summer that just flew by? Unbelievably, the school year is just around the corner, and so is Lancaster Christian Writers’ fall kickoff for the 2016-2017 calendar year. If you’ve been itching to get back into writing mode, pick up your pen, tablet, or laptop and join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon ((registration opens at 9). We are privileged and excited to welcome as our speaker well-known Lancaster area author and communicator Shawn Smucker.

SPEAKER: Lancaster native author Shawn Smucker is perhaps best known for his non-fiction and collaborative memoir titles such as Refuse to Drown, A Twist of Faith, and How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp. But he recently signed a three book fiction deal with one of Christian publishing’s largest powerhouses, the Baker Publishing Group, an exciting accomplishment in this current climate of publishing scale-backs. Even more atypical, that contract came about through a self-published novel crowd-funded through Kickstarter, The Day the Angels Fell (scheduled for re-release with Baker fall of 2017). Learn more at

WORKSHOP:My 17-Year Journey to a Book Deal (or Just Keep Going!!)”  In this practical as well as inspirational workshop, Shawn will be sharing about his own 17- year journey to a major book deal, the value of perseverance, putting in the work, not getting dragged down over platform, etc. as well as the three most important elements of story and how to apply them to your own work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction.

WORKSHOP/DEVOTIONAL SPEAKERS: We have openings for workshop and devotional speakers, especially January-June, so if you have a suggestion for a workshop, speaker, or a particular topic you’d like to see covered, please drop a note to If you’d like to share an opening devotional (5-10 minutes/must be directed in some aspect to writers), please contact as well. 

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