Tag: writing

July 9, 2018, Meeting: Author Toni Shiloh

Join us for our regular meeting on July 9, 2018. Author Toni Shiloh will speak on “Writing Ethnically Diverse Characters  Without Falling into Stereotypes. ”

Our world is filled with diversity and our writing should be to. How can we delve into the waters without falling into stereotypes? Discover the necessary steps to take to writing diverse characters and still celebrate uniqueness.

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of its Virginia chapter.
You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

 

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May 14, 2018, Meeting: Author Texie Susan Gregory

 

Join us for our regular meeting on May 14, 2018. Author Texie Susan Gregory will talk about “Words: Our Super Power.”

“Faster than a speeding bullet…,” our words make more of an impact than we imagine. Words ripple through the world affecting generations upon generations. As writers, we have influence not only with those whom we know but with people we will never meet. Texie Susan Gregory will share with us how to use our words to glorify God in our writing—no matter what type of writing we do.

Studying why people act and respond the way they do fascinates Texie. She holds a master’s degree in School Counseling and a Master of Religious Education. North Carolina born and bred, she currently lives in Maryland with her husband, a PTSD therapist. Their two adult children live on opposite coasts—one near Boston and one near Los Angeles. She’s thankful they are on the same continent!

Her first novel, Slender Reeds; Jochebed’s Hope was released November 1, 2016. In 2011, she won both the Beverly Bush Smith Writer Award at the Orange County Christian Writer’s Conference and fiction first place in an Inspire to Write Conference. Both awards were for Slender Reeds; Jochebed’s Hope.

 

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March 12, 2018, Meeting: An Agent’s Perspective

Tamela Hancock Murray
Agent with The Steve Laube Agency
Monday, March 12, 2018
“An Agent’s Perspective”

  

Want to know what an agent thinks about today’s publishing world? Then come hear Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency as she shares her thoughts and takes your questions.

Tamela was recognized as the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Agent of the Year for 2017. She brings to her clients her past experience as a bestselling novelist and author of nonfiction as well. Her fiction has been recognized with an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001, joining The Steve Laube Agency in 2011. A native Virginian, she holds a BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College, and lives in Northern Virginia. She and her husband of over 30 years are the parents of two bright and beautiful daughters. An avid reader, Tamela feels blessed by the Lord to have a career in Christian publishing, where she enjoys long-term relationships with key publishing professionals in every top CBA publishing house.

CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy

Please always double-check our blog before each meeting.

  1. If Fairfax County Public Schools cancel for inclement weather, we will not have a meeting that evening. Schools are usually canceled before the sun rises on such days.
  2. If inclement weather arrives AFTER 12 noon on the Monday of a meeting, we will post a cancellation on the home page at www.capitalchristianwriters.orgas well as a message on CCW’s contact number 703-543-7772.
  3. If for any reason you cannot access the three sources above, then email ccwwriters@gmail.com.

 

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March 12, 2018, Meeting: An Agent’s Perspective

Meeting

Tamela Hancock Murray
Agent with The Steve Laube Agency
Monday, March 12, 2018
“An Agent’s Perspective”

 

 Want to know what an agent thinks about today’s publishing world? Then come hear Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency as she shares her thoughts and takes your questions.

Tamela was recognized as the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Agent of the Year for 2017. She brings to her clients her past experience as a bestselling novelist and author of nonfiction as well. Her fiction has been recognized with an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001, joining The Steve Laube Agency in 2011. A native Virginian, she holds a BA with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College, and lives in Northern Virginia. She and her husband of over 30 years are the parents of two bright and beautiful daughters. An avid reader, Tamela feels blessed by the Lord to have a career in Christian publishing, where she enjoys long-term relationships with key publishing professionals in every top CBA publishing house.

CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy

Please always double-check our blog before each meeting.

  1. If Fairfax County Public Schools cancel for inclement weather, we will not have a meeting that evening. Schools are usually canceled before the sun rises on such days.
  2. If inclement weather arrives AFTER 12 noon on the Monday of a meeting, we will post a cancellation on the home page at www.capitalchristianwriters.org.
  3. If for any reason you cannot access the three sources above, then email ccwwriters@gmail.com.
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January 8, 2018, Meeting: Setting and Achieving Your Writing Goals

Location Change: Still at Truro Anglican, but in Main Building. Enter at the large sanctuary or glassed-in “walkway” and look for signs.

Sarah Hamaker
Author & Freelance Writer/Editor
January 8, 2018
“Setting & Achieving Writing Goals”

Want to write more in 2018? Then come to our January meeting and get tips on how to set and achieve your writing goals for the new year.

Author and experienced freelance writer and editor Sarah Hamaker will provide some guidance 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 2018 writing.

CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy

Please always double-check our blog before each meeting.

  1. If Fairfax County Public Schools cancel for inclement weather, we will not have a meeting that evening. Schools are usually canceled before the sun rises on such days.
  2. If inclement weather arrives AFTER 12 noon on the Monday of a meeting, we will post a cancellation on the home page at www.capitalchristianwriters.orgas well as a message on CCW’s contact number 703-543-7772.
  3. If for any reason you cannot access the three sources above, then email ccwwriters@gmail.com.
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January 8, 2018, Meeting: Setting and Achieving Your Writing Goals

Meeting

Location Change: Still at Truro Anglican, but in Main Building. Enter at the large sanctuary or glassed-in “walkway” and look for signs. Also, please read the CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy below in case of inclement weather.

Sarah Hamaker
Author & Freelance Writer/Editor
January 8, 2018
“Setting & Achieving Writing Goals”

Want to write more in 2018? Then come to our January meeting and get tips on how to set and achieve your writing goals for the new year.

Author and experienced freelance writer and editor Sarah Hamaker will provide some guidance 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 2018 writing.

CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy

Please always double-check our blog before each meeting.

  1. If Fairfax County Public Schools cancel for inclement weather, we will not have a meeting that evening. Schools are usually canceled before the sun rises on such days.
  2. If inclement weather arrives AFTER 12 noon on the Monday of a meeting, we will post a cancellation on the home page at www.capitalchristianwriters.orgas well as a message on CCW’s contact number 703-543-7772.
  3. If for any reason you cannot access the three sources above, then email ccwwriters@gmail.com.
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September 11 Meeting: Writing to Grow Closer to God

Meeting

Kathleen Griffin Otchy

Community Life Pastor

Monday, September 11, 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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July 10, 2017, Meeting: Writing a Christian Memoir

Meeting

Stephen Hiemstra
Author & Publisher
Monday, July 10, 2017
“Writing a Christian Memoir”

Have you considered writing a Christian memoir? A memoir is an autobiography with a theme. A Christian memoir focuses on God’s work in your life. Questions to think about in writing a Christian memoir include:

  • How did you come to faith?
  • What were important milestones in your faith journey?
  • Who were your important mentors?
  • What faith stories were especially important to you?
  • When did God intervene powerfully in your life?

Come hear Stephen Hiemstra, author and publisher, talk about how Christian memoir is an important witness to God’s work in our lives that we can offer to our families and friends, especially those not embracing faith in Christ.

Stephen founded T2Pneuma Publishers LLC in January 2014 to focus on publishing non-fiction Christian books in English and Spanish. His author site is StephenWHiemstra.net; his publisher’s site is: T2Pneuma.com. He blogs three times weekly at T2Pneuma.net. Stephen is a seminary graduate and has a doctorate in agricultural economics. For more details, see the About tab on T2Pneuma.net.

 

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May 8, 2017, Meeting: In-Person Marketing

Meeting

C.J. Brightley
Author
May 8, 2017
“In-Person Marketing”

C.J. Brightley will share how to make in-person book events successful, with tips on presentation, stock, promotional material, and pricing.

Cecilia grew up in Georgia and attended Clemson University in South Carolina, where she met her husband. They went to graduate school at Texas A&M, then moved to the Washington, D.C., area for jobs. After a few years in the national security world, they had their daughter in 2011. Cecilia stayed home with their new baby and began to focus on her life-long love of writing. She published her first novel in 2012. Now a homeschooling mom of two, she’s a bit busier but still finds time to write.

 

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