Our goal is to equip and encourage you, no matter where you are on your writing journey.

Do you have a dream to write, but don’t know where to start?

Would you like to learn how to put your words on paper and reach other people?

Do you know something about writing for publication, but would like to improve your skills and sell more of your work?

Or perhaps you’re looking for a group of people who understand what it’s like to be a writer.






Heart of America Christian Writers’ Network could be the organization for you!

HACWN is designed to help beginning, intermediate and advanced writers grow in their skills, networking, and professionalism.

We do that through monthly meetings with experienced editors and writers, various HACWN writing conferences and seminars, weekly critique groups in different areas of the city, e-mail communication, market leads, and more.

Visual Poetry  with Michael Freeman

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

What visual elements evoke a strong reaction and impact your audience in a specific way? We will explore the story of an image and seek to answer the question, “Why would someone publish an image and how do I create one for my audience?”
We will finish by looking at elements of a strong book cover.
A great evening for all writers to consider the relationship between our words and the pictures that paint a thousand words. Especially terrific for when we need to create blogs, Facebook posts, etc. to choose just the right emphasis to support our words.

Michael Freeman has his master’s degree in education and is the author of Beauty Foundations, a curriculum for young women, along with the New Beginnings Journal Series. He is currently a special education teacher and a freelance writer and photographer. His photography has been featured in publications such as Best of the Best of the Greater Kansas City Professional Photographers of America, Kansas City Voices Magazine, and local book covers.

Michael is passionate about helping others find their purpose, direction, and happiness. He believes all individuals have value no matter what their life experiencse, actions, or circumstances.

Everyone is welcome to this event. $3 dues for members; $5 for those who are not HACWN members.

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