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.

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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.

A Season for Writing

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Our November meeting will be a writer’s holiday dream! We’ll talk about seasonal markets and brainstorm ideas on how to meet seasonal goals of editors. We’ll talk about how to enjoy writing during the holiday season. We’ll also do some of our own holiday writing—as if we’re on assignment. And we’ll talk about various holidays we can write about and when to turn in holiday writing.
Also, if you were at the conference, come prepared to share something you learned with the rest of the group!

Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members

  • Hope Keeps It Simple
    by RJ Thesman on December 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Because life is easier when it’s simple, I have decided to merge that principle into my holiday celebrations. What used to be a November and December filled with activities and the traditional holiday set-ups, I have now prefaced with the … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Wonderful Plan #46
    by Judith Vander Wege on December 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    #46 for December 11, 2018 Isaiah 51 is written to “those who pursue righteousness” (v.1). We can imagine what joy and hope these verses brought to the exiles who believed Isaiah and trusted God. This gave me hope, also. If … Continued […]

  • A Word of Encouragement
    by Sally Jadlow on December 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

    As a writer, do you ever despair, wondering if anyone will ever read your work? You never know who or when those words you so diligently planned, typed and edited will ever be seen. This past month Neoma Foreman a writing friend of mine who lives in Walker, MO, sent me a page from a 1950 cookbook from her town’s Baptist Church. Neoma’s daughter-in-law recently bought the book in an auction and gave it to her. Although I wondered why... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Your Amazon Book Coupon And 9 Great Books To Use It On
    by Eryn Lynum on December 10, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Amazon has a book deal going on through December 21st! Here is how to get the coupon, and a list of our favorite books to use it on. […]

  • Do You Know The Suffering Servant? #45
    by Judith Vander Wege on December 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Post #45 for Dec. 6 Isaiah 49-53  Hundreds of years before Jesus walked on this earth, Isaiah said a suffering servant, the Messiah, would come—an individual who would bring Israel back to God. God would be glorified through this servant. … Continued […]

  • Joseph Did You Know? 
    by Sylvia Schroeder on December 6, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Rows of little feet too short to reach the floor, swung like swing sets on long wooden pews. Lined up by grades, and bookended by teachers, the oldest sat in the back, the littlest in the front.  The rite of pageant belonged to each grade-schooler in our church. From first to eighth, we met in […] The post Joseph Did You Know?  appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Are We Really Prosperous?
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 4, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Christmas and we are living the American Dream—family, home in the suburbs, two cars and all the Christmas gifts we can buy. It requires money and lots of it. Secretly we all hope when the Bible tells us we will prosper and be in good health as our soul prospers,1 it means we are going to […] The post Are We Really Prosperous? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • When Christmas Changes
    by RJ Thesman on December 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Throughout our city, wherever we traveled, we heard it. In grocery stores, libraries, Target and Wal-Mart — even during church services where it occurred in stereo sound — one person in the aisle echoed by someone across the room. The … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Every Knee Shall Bow #44
    by Judith Vander Wege on December 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Post #44 for December 4, 2018 Someday every knee shall bow to the Lord, Jesus Christ. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him … Continued […]

  • Christmas Preparation
    by Sally Jadlow on December 4, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Time to get out the Christmas decorations in preparation for the celebration of our savior’s birth. So many times the preparation for the celebration takes precedence over the real reason for the holiday. In a blue funk after cleaning the house, top to bottom several years ago, I wrote this poem. Now, I have learned to stay calm and let dust bunnies multiply under the bed while I enjoy the time with family and friends as we celebrate the real... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Topical Bible-Reading Guide for December 2018
    by Judith Vander Wege on November 30, 2018 at 9:35 pm

                                             The coming of Christ Prophecies of Christ: 1. Genesis 3:15-A descendant of Eve would defeat Satan. Genesis 12:3- a descendant … Continued […]

  • I Will Not Forget You #43
    by Judith Vander Wege on November 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Blog # 43, Nov. 29 Have you ever felt like God has abandoned you and forgotten you? I did feel that way for a time. But now I believe He says the same thing to us he said to Israel … Continued […]

  • Silverton’s Sage Hen Cafe
    by SuZan Klassen on November 29, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Just before we disembarked from the Durango-Silverton train at Silverton, the conductor suggested a sandwich shop farther into town. Most of the hungry crowd followed his directions. I spotted a sign right beside the tracks advertising: Chicken Pot Pie Pasties among other goodies. Why follow the crowd when there’s good food right here? And it … More Silverton’s Sage Hen Caf […]

  • I am an Advent failure
    by Eryn Lynum on November 28, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Advent is here, and I am altogether unready. My mind flashes back to a seven-year streak of Good Advent Intentions unraveled. I am an Advent failure. […]

  • Know The Redeemer #42
    by Judith Vander Wege on November 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    #42 for November 27, 2018 When God pours out his Spirit upon a person, the life is transformed. Some examples of transformed lives are the Apostle Paul, Christ’s disciples, Zacchaeus, and Mary Magdalene in the New Testament, plus Nicky Cruz … Continued […]

  • Hope in the Gratitudes – Post 4
    by RJ Thesman on November 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    What does it take to run down a dream? The answer to that question becomes post number four of my gratitude series. The dream of a young girl, perched inside the barky womb of her favorite elm tree. Adolescent limbs … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Ambition
    by Sally Jadlow on November 27, 2018 at 8:15 am

    In the November Poem a Day Challenge yesterday’s prompt was to write an ambitious poem. This is my offering to that prompt. Ambition Snow sparkles like a million diamonds across the frigid landscape after yesterday’s blizzard. I sit inside sipping hot chocolate. Try to gather ambition to hunt the snow shovel, dress in several warm layers, and address the mounds of moisture nature blew onto the drive. Or perhaps I’ll wait until it all melts and clean the basement instead.  ... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Some Glad Morning
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 26, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Momma was happy today. No there had to be a better word for it, Momma was jubilant, ecstatic really.  She hummed a tune as she danced around the kitchen.  She was making the family oatmeal cookie recipe.  Sarah always helped make the cookies. Sarah knew the recipe by heart because she made it every time […] The post Some Glad Morning appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Thanksgiving 2018
    by SuZan Klassen on November 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    The turkeys in the above photo were photographed in the wilds of the Texas hill country. The morning fog almost hid them from our view. How are you spending your Thanksgiving? Family is so very important to many of us that we clog our nations airports, bus terminals, railroad stations, and highways to be with … More Thanksgiving 2018 […]

  • God Considers Us Precious #41
    by Judith Vander Wege on November 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Post #41 in series for November 22 of How God Rescues From Messes Why would God want to buy us back (redeem us) after we make a mess of our lives? According to Isaiah 43:3, he considers us precious and … Continued […]