Monday, September 26, 2016

Join Lancaster Christian Writers This Saturday, 10-15-16, with Journalist/Editor Lisa Bartelt

Join Lancaster Christian Writers Saturday, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Rd (off Hwy 30 across from Costco) from 9:30AM-12 noon (registration opens at 9). Journalist, freelance writer/editor, and blogger Lisa Bartelt will be sharing a workshop on how to deal with that painful topic: peer and editorial critique.

SPEAKER: A newspaper reporter, copy editor, freelance writer, including Group Publishing curriculum and numerous magazine articles, and avid blogger, Lisa Bartelt is a child of the flatlands fulfilling her dream of living near the mountains. She loves reading, writing and listening to stories—true ones, made-up ones and the ones in between— preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. Wife, mom of two, and ordinary girl, Lisa blogs about books, faith, family and the unexpected turns of life at Beauty on the Backroads ( Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

WORKSHOP: “Better than Good: Honest Feedback without Hurt Feelings”: To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. For writers, this idea attributed to Aristotle would also include: "write nothing." Most of us want to avoid criticism at all costs. But a writer needs feedback  before presenting our words to readers, who certainly will have an opinion. Is there a way to receive honest feedback, whether from fellow writers or editors, without having our feelings hurt? Is there a way to give constructive feedback without sounding mean? This workshop will look at specific ways to offer helpful feedback beyond statements such as "I like it" or "It's good." It will also address how to prepare ourselves to receive feedback and evaluate it without an emotional breakdown. And we'll see that even successful, published authors aren't immune to the negative side of criticism.

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

As always, email questions or concerns to

Jeanette Windle
President, Lancaster Christian Writers