Sunday, February 24, 2013

Feed the Artist in You

"Feed the Artist in You" is the theme of this year's Christian Writers Conference at Mount Hermon from March 20 to March 26, 2013. This is the perfect place to rub shoulders with other writers who share your goals and aspirations in writing.

It's a great opportunity to learn the craft and meet with editors, agents and publishers to discuss your projects. It's a great place to meet God, to hear His voice and worship Him in the chapel or on the beautiful campus.

Take a warm jacket and comfortable shoes for hiking to the cross before church on Sunday. Go early so you'll have time to go to the beach and experience the majestic mist of the waves as they splash near your feet. Experience God's presence in every session, workshop and appointment. Go to learn from peers and faculty. Go to pitch your book ideas and articles. Writers and industry professionals come to listen and encourage.

May God go before you to lead the way and beside you to encourage you.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Writers Seminar - Castro Valley

"Tell it Like it is" is the theme of this year's Christian Writers Seminar at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, next week. We are planning travel and lodging. If you would like to share, please contact me at  (916) 990-5728 so we can coordinate how many cars to take.

This was one of my first writers conferences and Pastor Jon Drury inspired me to write devotionals. He said he was first published in The Upper Room so I submitted my devotions and The Upper Room was first to publish  my writing too. Memories of my happy dance over that first check remind me today that I'm a writer because of this conference.

This is a training conference. You will have no stress meeting publishers and editors over pitching your project. It's a great place to learn, and I hope you will plan to attend. If you are an Inspire member, you can receive a $20 discount if you act before February 17. You should have received a coupon in the newsletter today.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Welcome to Sunrise Christian Writers. We will remember every Valentine's Day from now on as the day we started on this adventure. Thank you for your love, friendship and prayers. Thank you for the expertise each of you bring to our group. I am amazed to see the quality critiques we receive when we submit our writing to each other. Thank you for the chocolates! You think of everything!

We meet the first and third Thursdays for training. We are studying Write on Target by Dr. Dennis Hensley. Our homework for next week is to read, study and do the exercises covered in the pages 45-66, Finding Your Niche. This is the beginning of the third phase of the program for nonfiction writers.

We meet the second and fourth Thursdays to critique our work. We accept the first seven submissions by our deadline on Monday night before the Thursday we meet. If you do not have a submission template, please contact me at

We meet the fifth Thursdays (when there is one) for food and fellowship. Thank you for praying for our group. God is faithful.