Northwest Ohio Christian Writers

Next meetings

11 a.m. Friday

May 27, 2016

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 315 S. College

Bowling Green, OH 43402 (use the south entrance)

This meeting will be an all critique session led by Jean Wise (writer, speaker and spiritual director), from the Bryan writer’s group will facilitate this session. Bring 10 copies of a piece you have written for critiquing. And come prepared to share gentle and encouraging words with fellow writers on poems/articles/stories they have written.

NOTE: So everyone has a chance to share, please limit what you bring to a couple of pages. If you are working on a longer piece, just bring a sample page or two.

As usual, we will start at 11 with business and introductions. We will eat lunch as we move into the critiquing session so you can bring something to eat or run out and buy something to bring back (or stop on your way to the meeting).

In case I don’t get a June newsletter out – we will have our informal “Lunch Bunch” at the Perrysurg Panera (on Rte 20) on June 24 at noon.

And, mark your calendars for our fall seminar on October 15 in Holland!

Another Good Bye

Long-time member Carol Leonard will be leaving Toledo in a few weeks to join family in Littleton, Colorado. Many of us remember writing prompts from her Attic Treasures talks. (Getting older folks – and us, too! – to share memories from items often found in the attic.) We wish her the best and look forward to keeping in touch by email!

Writing Retreat

Once again, we had a wonderful writing retreat at the Lial Conference Center. Our theme was Let Your Writing Take Flight and we looked at our writing in comparison to birds: preparing their nests, building them, laying their eggs, incubating them, the hatching of the eggs, the growth of the baby birds through to the first flight and beyond! Our final session focused on the empty nest – what to do when our birds (poems, stories and articles) have “flown the coop” (to use an expression my mother often said!). It was a great time of learning, writing and networking!

From Martha Willey:

Attending the retreat at Lial is something I look forward to every year. The retreat is a time of fellowship and writing and laughter and food. It’s also an opportunity to be strengthened not only in your faith, but in your writing.

We accomplish a lot in the two days we’re there. There are devotionals and presentations and information gleaned through conversations with others. There’s comfort and encouragement to be had when you’re with a group of people who share a passion for the Lord and the written word.

For me the retreat this year was another step in the healing process after a rough winter. Surrounded by old and new friends, challenged to keep God in mind with my writing goals and seeing faith in action, I left after my two day stay at Lial with a song in my heart, and a pen ready in my hand.

Upcoming Conferences

Are you looking for a Christian writing conference that you can attend this summer? Just a couple of days? Great price? Taylor University announces its first writing conference, Taylor’s Professional Writing Conference.

Check out their website:

Agents, acquisitions editors, publicists, and editors are all coming to teach and meet you for one-on-one appointments.

Mark your calendar for August 5-6 at the Taylor University campus in Upland, Indiana. Just $99 gets you two days of sessions!

NOTE: If anyone wants to go to this, let me know and I’ll connect you to others so we can share rides and rooms. I’m definitely interested! Who else?

Write to Publish

June 8-11, 2016
at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois


This one is quite a bit more expensive, but offers a lot! There is a slight discount if you register before June 1. Again, if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll connect you to others who want to go.

Writing Contests

Guideposts: Tell us Your Story


Win a week with us at the famous Guideposts Writers Workshop (all expenses paid), where you’ll learn all about inspirational storytelling. Your story could be read by millions in one of our magazines, Guideposts,Angels on Earth or Mysterious Ways . We’re looking for true, first-person stories, not sermons or essays. It can be your own story or something you’ve written for someone else. We’ll pick 12 candidates for the workshop in Rye, New York, October 17-21, 2016, taught by the editors of Guideposts.

Read what previous winners have to say about the experience. It changed their lives. It could change yours. Get started on your story today!

How to enter: Submit an original, unpublished, true first-person story in 2,000 words or less, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed your life. Show us how faith made a difference. Or you can ghostwrite for someone else. Tell us about yourself and your life experience as well.

Send your entry, postmarked by June 10, 2016, to Guideposts Writers Workshop, 110 William Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038. You can also e-mail your entry to Attendees will be notified by mid-August 2016. We only acknowledge winners’ entries. Writers who have attended previous Guideposts workshops are not eligible.

For more info:

Christian Communicator (magazine) is having a Short Story Contest. Details:

First place: $100
Second place: $50
Third place: $25
First- and second-place manuscripts will be published in a future issue.

Entry fee per manuscript: $10

Deadline: June 15

Topic: fiction about writing and/or getting published

Length: 650-1,00 words

Submission Guidelines
• Entries must be unpublished.
• You may enter multiple times.
• Email each manuscript (in proper format with all contact information and exact word count) as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) to Put “Short Story Contest” in the subject line.
• Before sending your manuscript, submit your your entry fee via credit card by calling 615-331-8668, or via check to Contest, P.O. Box 110390, Nashville, TN 37222. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
• Failure to follow these guidelines will disqualify your entry

Information You Can Use

How to Best Use Facebook as an Author

Shelley Lee sent this article, related to information she presented at the retreat. We thought you all might like to read it:

Let me know what you think! And/or what you do that is similar or different!