March 13 Meeting: Writing to Grow Closer to God



Kathleen Griffin Otchy
Community Life Pastor
Monday, March 13, 2017
“Writing to Grow Closer to God”

How can we use our writing as a spiritual discipline? Kathleen Griffin Otchy, community life pastor at Fairfax Community Church, will talk about how to use our writing as a tool to grow closer to God. She will also discuss the many ways we can use our writing to serve our church communities through different church writing projects.

Kathleen came to full-time ministry as a pastor by way of a lifelong calling and an awkward but awesome transition into the role 16 years ago. She oversees discipleship, care, groups, and local/global outreach at Fairfax Community Church. She loves to see how story helps God connects people to himself and each other and continues to look for new ways in which the awesomeness of God can be simplified for those who don’t yet follow him. She has been married to Dan, who has kept her laughing for 40 years. They have four grown, married children and 10 grandbabies.


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Still Time to Register for the Self-Publishing Conference


Don’t miss out on a chance to learn about all about self-publishing on Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at The King’s Chapel in Clifton, Va. Onsite registration will be available as well.

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January 9, 2017, Meeting


Sarah Hamaker

Author & Freelance Writer/Editor

January 9, 2017

“Setting & Achieving Writing Goals”



Is writing part of your New Year’s Resolutions? Then come to the January meeting and learn how to set and achieve your writing goals for 2017.

Author and experienced freelance writer and editor Sarah Hamaker will give some tips on goal setting and meeting deadlines. Then she’ll facilitate a roundtable discussion on overcoming hurdlers, setbacks, and discouragement.

Come with your goals and your calendar, and leave with a firm plan on how to achieve success in your 2017 writing.


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November Speaker: Jane Hampton Cook “Using Visual Media to Promote Writing”


Jane Hampton Cook

National Media Commentator & Author

Monday, November 14, 2016

“Using Visual Media to Promote Writing”



Presenting a message through visual media attracts the attention of many people. Using TV, video and other types of visual media to promote your writing projects can help you spread the word about what you’ve written. Historian Jane Hampton Cook will share her expertise about how to do so successfully. Cook, whose books have been featured on top TV shows like Fox News and C-SPAN, will discuss ways you can promote your own writing projects visually, including how to set up a YouTube channel and how to contact TV stations about author interviews.

National media commentator and award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook brings history and biographies to life, making them memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, politics, issues of faith, and modern-day life. She’s also the author of seven books, including America’s Star-Spangled Story and American Phoenix. Learn more at

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September Speaker: Austin Camacho on “The Business of Writing”


Austin Camacho

Editorial Director for Intrigue Publishing

Monday, September 12, 2016

“The Business of Writing”

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There is a long list of vital information authors need to know before deciding if they want to self-publish or sign with a publisher. Austin Camacho, editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, LLC, will take you through the quagmire of the publishing business do’s and don’ts.

Camacho is also the author of the Hannibal Jones Mystery Series novels about Washington, D.C.-based private eye Hannibal Jones and the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series. His latest is a detective novel Beyond Blue. Camacho is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International, Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.



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