Word & Pen Christian Writers is all about growth in relationships and writing skill, so don’t miss this month’s fun and information that will spur you on to becoming an even better writer in 2016.
We gather on Monday, November 9 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Menasha WI, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Beth Ziarnik will open and close the meeting in prayer and provide the refreshments
- Diane Pulda will inspire us with a writer’s devotional.
- Mary Van Deraa will share her experiences as she wrote her new book, Snapshots.
Those attending are invited to read a page of of their writing during the accountability round. This reading is optional.
Don’t have anything to read? Here is a writing prompt suggested by Chris S.: “Take an old photograph and write about it, answering the questions of who what, when where, why, and then how it made you feel. If you can’t find a photograph, write about something that happened to you as a child before you went to school–fact or fiction; again, use the five W’s and how it made you feel format.”
Guests are always welcome, whether experienced, newbies, or just thinking about the possibility. For planning purposes (refreshments and writing handouts), please let us know by responding to this post. Thank you and hope to see you November 9!
Get ready for another lively meeting of Word & Pen Christian Writers as we gather at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Menasha WI on October 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Kathi Bloy will facilitate the evening’s educational program (on CD from the 2015 Write-To-Publish conference). This month’s offering is “Write Fresh” by Erin Taylor Young, acquisitions editor at Redland Press, who says, “We want our readers not only to love our stories, but to love every word along the way.” We will learn how to engage our readers word by word through adding humor, vivid description, symbolism and metaphors, and dialogue that doesn’t dead end.
- Marilyn Hein will inspire us with her devotional for writers.
- Deb Schauland will provide refreshments, available throughout the evening, as well as open and close the meeting with prayer.
Chris S., our intrepid leader, invites all who attend to read aloud a one-page sample of their writing. Need an idea for this optional exercise? Chris suggests, ‘Write about something that happened suddenly–true story or fiction, any genre.”
Do you hope to come to the meeting? Please let Chris know by leaving a comment to this post. Chris says, “Knowing how many to expect is ever so helpful as we plan for refreshments and the number of educational handouts.”
The September 13 meeting of Word & Pen Christian Writers came alive during this month’s educational feature, laughing in response to Dr. Dennis Hensley’s humor and avidly taking notes on his CD topic, “18 Rules for Improving Your Writing.”
Those on hand included:
- members – Lois, Chris, Diane, Judi, Mary, Pedar, Marj, Kathi, and Beth.
- guest – Lois’s friend Laura who is a member of Lighthouse Christian Writers in the Peshitigo, WI area
Next month’s educational: “Write Fresh to Interest Editors” by Erin Taylor Young, also a 2015 Write-To-Publish elective on CD. You won’t want to miss it.
An educational on “18 Rules for Improving Your Writing” (a Write-To-Publish elective on CD by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley) will highlight the Monday, September 9 meeting of Word & Pen Christian Writers. We will gather in the hospitality room at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Menasha WI, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome.
- Kathi Bloy will offer a devotional to inspire us.
- Beth Ziarnik will introduce the educational.
- Diane Pulda will provide refreshments as well as open and close the meeting with prayer.
During “roundtable,” each writer will have an opportunity to share what he or she has done writing related since the last meeting, and read a one-page selection of writing.
Chris S. suggests the following as a writing prompt, if needed: “Write something inspired by or based on the “funny papers”–cartoon or comic. Any genre, any length.”
If you plan to attend the meeting–and we hope you will–please respond to this post. It’s important to know “how many” as we prepare refreshments and handouts.
Praise the Lord! We are growing. As of our Word & Pen Christian Writers meeting on August 10, we now have three new members bringing our 2015 total membership to eighteen. New members include Marjorie T., Mary V., and Pedar B.
Eleven of us gathered to enjoy:
- delicious refreshments provided by Rebecca R. (Don’t forget to send us your amazing recipe for spinach cracker dip, Rebecca. We want to know your secret!)
- an inspiring devotional written by Deb S. and titled “Lessons from Cain and Abel” (of the writing variety, that is)
- and a lively educational discussion on “Muse” as applied to writers and their work offered by Judi S
- Rebecca also opened and closed the meeting in prayer.
Next group meeting will take place September 14, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s hospitality room in Menasha.
Last Monday night, nine members and one guest enjoyed another great meeting of Word & Pen Christian Writers. Sorry if you missed it. In attendance were Marge, Judi, Ruth, Rebecca, Chris, Deb, Diane, Kathi, Beth, and Kathi’s guest Pedar (pronounced Peter).
Ruth served red grapes and a variety of cheesecakes along with bottled water. She also opened the meeting with prayer. Chris then inspired us by reading a devotional selection from Words to Write By.
Beth shared her educational titled, “A Walk through Write-To-Publish 2015.” The handout included words of wisdom and encouragement from the several general sessions, a panel, and the banquet, including:
- Dr. Dennis Hensley on the reality of success in a writer’s world
- Daniel Darling’s plenary talks on “Am I Called to Write?” . . . “What to Do When You’re Waiting” . . . “How Can I Leverage My Influence (in a God-honoring way)?
- A panel of professional authors on “Thriving and Surviving as a Freelancer”
- Karen Porter on overcoming four giants intent on the destruction of our writing–the Giant of Discouragement, the Giant of Defeat, the Giant of Harassment and Excuses, and the Giant of Self.
Beth also passed around the books and CDs she purchased at Write-To-Publish:
- The Author’s Guide to Planning Book Events: Tips and Tolls for Bookselling Success by Carol Hoenig (iUniverse Star)
- The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2015-16: Everything You Need to Get Published edited by Jerry B. Jenkins (Thomas Nelson)
- The Dance of Character & Plot by Diann Mills (Bold Vision Books)
- The Productive Writer: Tips and Tools to Help You Write More, Stree Less & Create Success by Sage Cohen (Writers Digest)
- Step By Step Pitches & Proposals: A Workbook for Writers by Chip MacGregor with Holly Lorincz (The Benchmark Press)
- WTP workshop CD: “18 Rules for Improving Your Writing” by Dr. Dennis Hensley
- WTP workshop CD: “How to Jump-Start Your Speaking Ministry” by Dr. Rob Currie
- WTP workshop CD: “Shameless Self-Promotion for Writers” by Torry Martin
- WTP workshop CD: “Write Fresh to Catch Editors’ Attentions” by Erin Taylor Young
We then went into our round table, sharing what we did this past month and reading selections. Marge had taken up Chris’s challenge to “Write a Blessing Note” and touched our hearts. Our Guest Pedar introduced himself by giving us a moving testimonial on his journey to writing and publication despite his lifelong dyslexia problem and how the Lord helped him to overcome that challenge.
As our evening’s hostess, Ruth closed the meeting with prayer in answer to the expressed needs of members and others.
Word & Pen is about to gather for another great meeting! This time on Monday, July 13, and as always, at 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the hospitality room at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 226 Washington St., Menasha WI.
- Beth Ziarnik will present, “A Walk Through Write-To-Publish 2015,” an educational sharing what she gleaned to help us hone our craft and increase our writing skills.
- Ruth Schmeckpeper will provide refreshments to “munch while we learn.”
- This month’s devotional will be a reading from Words to Write By in which several Word & Pen members are published.
During our “Writers Roundtable,” you are welcome to read one page of a manuscript–your own or another’s. Though, no pressure–this is optional.
If you need help to prepare that one page, Chris offers this suggestion: “Write a ‘blessing note’ to send by snail mail. A ‘blessing note’ is a note of appreciation to honor someone you know but seldom express how much you appreciate them. You pick who–your spouse, one of your children, your mailman, your pastor, your neighbor, or newsboy, your mom/dad/aunt/cousin, etc. If you want to do more than one, feel free. You’ll bless someone’s life and put a smile on someone’s face when they get your ‘real letter’ by snail mail.” Great idea, Chris!
As always, visitors are welcome. If you would like to come, please reply to this message. It will help us prepare refreshments and handouts.
See you Monday night!