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.

Editing to Rise to the Top  

with Heather Beers

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Would you pour hot coffee into a wax-covered paper cup? Or would you try to cram a 16-ounce chai latte into a 3-ounce demitasse? Not if you want to avoid a lawsuit.

And neither do prospective editors want you flinging your stories and articles and essays at them in any old shape. Learn to edit your writing so it rises to the top like foam on a pumpkin spice latte and fits into the appropriate container.

Come to the August 8 meeting of Heart of America Christian Writers Network to learn how to rid your writing of weasel words, how to punch up your prose with active voice, how to say what you mean, and how to format your writing before sending it off. You know – editing!

Heather Trent Beers has been editing for 13 years and has been published in several magazines such as Focus on the Family, Disney’s FamilyFun, several local Kansas City lifestyle magazines, Highlights High Five. One of her stories is included in the recent Guideposts compilation Miracles Do Happen, and she currently has a nonfiction picture book under contract. She and her husband live on a 15-acre farm, and she has three chickens and one indoor cat. You can follow her chickens’ shenanigans when you look for #CopperChickenFarm on Facebook.

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

Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members

  • I’m Sorry
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I’m sorry. It’s a two-word prayer of power that can change everything … even your weight. Here’s the deal, though, it’s not your spouse, your kids or friends you need to apologize to. It’s not even yourself. No, the issue goes much deeper than that. We need to apologize to God because not following what […] The post I’m Sorry appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Hope’s Perspective
    by RJ Thesman on August 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    During a recent trip to the New Mexican mountains, we searched for deer. Every time someone in the family saw a deer, we cheered. We called to them, hoping to pet them or maybe feed them some leftover crackers. Deer … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Trippin’ in Russia, Part I
    by Sally Jadlow on August 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

    How does one spend two days in Russia? There was so much to see and so little time. I found it to be a land of great dichotomy. Everywhere you looked there were grand palaces built for the Tsar and his family members. One palace, the Hermitage, winter palace of the Tsar, originally contained 1,000 rooms (pictured above). Each room is the size of a large home with elaborate inlaid floors, Each room had 30-foot ceilings, priceless paintings on every wall,... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Change Starts From the Ground Up
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 17, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Many Christians are trying to get by today by just propping themselves up with the comforts of this world. Instead of being hungry for God’s transformative power, they are hungry for whatever their heart desires at any given moment, be it desserts, chips, or whatever is in the cabinet. Their foundation is shaky at best […] The post Change Starts From the Ground Up appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Mind Wars
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 15, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Does your mind feel like a war zone? I totally understand. The biggest war I have faced is the daily battle in my mind. That was so overwhelming that for years I chose just to give in to my cravings and selfish desires. To look at me anyone would think it was a losing fight […] The post Mind Wars appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • The Armor, Your Battle and His War
    by Sylvia Schroeder on August 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    They come, a little bewildered, some heralding children yapping at their ankles and running in circles, some almost newlyweds with blank-slate futures while others brave it alone. Obedient to God’s tap on the shoulder, sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s grip of the heart and passionate about the message of Christ’s gospel, they are willing to […] The post The Armor, Your Battle and His War appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • 4 Ways to Pray Your Kids to School This Year (Guest Post on Guideposts)
    by Eryn Lynum on August 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    We can send our children off on the first day with all the right supplies, but if we don’t send them off with intentional prayers, we’re missing our chance to spiritually prepare. […]

  • Humming Hope
    by RJ Thesman on August 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    As I worked in my home office, a sound forced me to stop and look around. It was a melody I had not heard for quite a while. Humming — a bass voice humming. My son, who has a lovely … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Tallinn, Estoni
    by Sally Jadlow on August 13, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Of all the places we visited on our recent cruise of the Baltics on Royal Caribbean, I think Estonia was my favorite. With great trials come great anointing. On the way to the town square we happened upon a sign at the basement of a lovely-looking house which read, “One of the most notorious and feared prisons during the Soviet occupation. Open for visitors.” We wandered in, unaware of the history of Pagari Prison. We learned in the years 1944-1989,... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Restored By The Master Designer
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 10, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I fail a lot. There are also areas in which I have had great success. My successes only came after I’d made such a big mess of my life that I finally allowed the Master Designer to restore me. I had gained up to 430 pounds and my life felt like it was beyond repair. […] The post Restored By The Master Designer appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Silver King Trail
    by SuZan Klassen on August 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Guest Post and Photographs by Jessica Coupe The Silver King Trail began life as a mining road. It culminates in the Silver King Basin, a beautiful sub-alpine meadow. Once it was an active mining site with a bunk house for the men. Now the bunk house has been replaced by a sturdy log cabin and … More Silver King Tra […]

  • When bad people get away with their bad stuff, and motherhood is terrifying.
    by Eryn Lynum on August 8, 2019 at 2:27 am

    I know that this mothering instinct — to protect my children at all cost from the horrors and devastations of this world — cannot drive me to run away. No, it needs to press me to consider what I’ll run to. […]

  • Who Are You and What Is Your Five-Year Plan?
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    The speaker asked, “Where do you want to be in five years?” This was not a new question for me. I’ve asked this question, or a version of it, to myself and those I coach many times. The question wasn’t new, but the timing was different. When I heard him ask that question it was […] The post Who Are You and What Is Your Five-Year Plan? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Hope Thrives with the Littles
    by RJ Thesman on August 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

    She reached out to touch my hand, her pudgy toddler fingers soft and warm. Dark brown Hispanic eyes twinkled with joy as we played peek-a-boo around her mother’s shoulder. We waited in line at Arby’s, teasing each other for at … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
    by Sally Jadlow on August 6, 2019 at 9:01 am

    July 10 found us in Copenhagen, Denmark in lovely sunshine and mild temperatures . This is the Gefion Fountain found in front of St. Alban Anglican Episcopal Church.     These sites are not far from the Little Mermaid Statue on Langelinie Pier.    When we returned to our room that evening we were greeted by a little frog made of towels by our room attendant, Bambamg from Sri Lanka.  Most ports were close enough to walk to the sights.... Read More Read Mor […]

  • My Mom, a Bar of Soap and Clean Talk
    by Sylvia Schroeder on August 3, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    My parents weren’t really the “let the consequences teach her” kind of people. They were more the “let’s give her some consequences” types. But since I could always count on what my actions would get me, I had the ability to weigh whether or not what I had in mind was worth the pain. Those […] The post My Mom, a Bar of Soap and Clean Talk appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Discovering Peace
    by Teresa Shields Parker on August 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Belonging is a big deal to us. We will do almost anything to belong. We will fix our noses, lift and tuck our faces and other body parts, enhance some parts and try to reduce others. It’s all because we want to find a place to belong where we are at peace with ourselves. I […] The post Discovering Peace appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Through God’s Eyes
    by Teresa Shields Parker on July 31, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Our secret fears motivate us to hide or try to hide from ourselves, others and even God. Hiding, though, never works because these kinds of fears will stay with us forever until we willingly let them go. God always see us and what He sees is the marvelous person we will be on the other […] The post Through God’s Eyes appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Hope Reversed
    by RJ Thesman on July 30, 2019 at 10:00 am

    An idea filtered through my soul one Sabbath afternoon as I was journaling thoughts from the morning’s service. Someone had mentioned the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. These qualities are produced in our lives as we let the … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Oslo, Norway
    by Sally Jadlow on July 30, 2019 at 9:00 am

    July 8th we spent at sea from Southampton, England headed for Oslo, Norway. Our ship had an ice rink so our first order of business–the ice show. We had sunny weather and 60 degrees, but on the water it felt too cool to stay pool-side for very long, so indoor activities were the choice for the day. Four thousand passengers and twelve hundred crew members from fifty-five countries cruised until about 10 a.m. on July 9th aboard the Royal Caribbean’s... Read More Read Mor […]