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

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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

  • The Cost of Change
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 14, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Most of us have at least one area of our lives we wish would change. Maybe we want to have a certain degree, get a better job, drive a more reliable vehicle, get married or be healed of a disease. Maybe we think we are too shy, too talkative, too tall, too short, too skinny […] The post The Cost of Change appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Seating Arrangements–Durango/Silverton Train
    by SuZan Klassen on November 14, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    In addition to the beautiful views from the train, the camaraderie among passengers was one of the most enjoyable aspects of our trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We located our reserved seats on the right for the 8:00 a.m. train. When nearly all of the two-person bench seats were filled, an … More Seating Arrangements–Durango/Silverton Train […]

  • Winter
    by Sally Jadlow on November 14, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Suddenly it’s winter in Kansas. I wrote this poem after the recent snow storm. Winter Sneaks In shrouded with darkness when no one is looking with a blast of frigid air followed by snowflakes blown sideways into unsuspecting mid-November night screaming, “I’m here whether you like it or not!”   My titles are available on Amazon.com here. God’s Little Miracle Book is now available in audio at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sally-jadlow/1303687606 for iTunes and at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007F5H0H4 […]

  • Train Up A Child
    by Sylvia Schroeder on November 13, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    In the small town where I grew up, “turning out” was a big deal. A person turned out right when they got a steady job, got married, had a family, and stayed in the same church in which they were raised. It was the formula hovering over each parent, judging their success or failure. Nothing […] The post Train Up A Child appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Hope in the Gratitudes – Post 2
    by RJ Thesman on November 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    During this Thanksgiving season, I am grateful for sensory perceptions. Writers are encouraged to include the five senses in our manuscripts, and most of us do a good job with sight and hearing. But it’s a little harder to add … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • How One Honest Admission invited a Myriad of Support
    by Sylvia Schroeder on November 6, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    “So far so good,” I text to a friend when asked how my husband is doing after surgery.  The crazy thing is he may be doing ok, but, I am so far from so good.  It is a terrifying ride for me, like the roller coaster of our daughter’s health spiral years past all over […] The post How One Honest Admission invited a Myriad of Support appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • VOTE!
    by SuZan Klassen on November 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Something far more important than travel information occurs throughout the United States today. Today we have the opportunity—more than that—we have the duty to exercise our right to vote. “Taxation without representation,” one of the injustices that led to our Revolutionary War. Those soldiers fought and died to bring about our country’s independence. Their sacrifices … More VOTE! […]

  • Hope in the Gratitudes – Post 1
    by RJ Thesman on November 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    During the month of November, I want to focus on special gratitudes. Makes sense, right? During Thanksgiving month we should be grateful. But this year, I want to dig a bit deeper than the usual, “Thank you for health, for … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Annual Poem a Day Challenge
    by Sally Jadlow on November 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

    It’s November again. Time to take in earth’s beauty before denuded trees stand stark against winter’s wind. Where did the year go? Every November I join Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day Challenge. http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2018-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-4 Robert is the poetry editor for Writer’s Digest. He feeds poets a prompt every day during November and April. The prompt for last Sunday was, “Write an I’m sorry poem.” These lines popped in my head when I read the prompt. It’s now been over six months... Read More Read Mor […]

  • The Power of One
    by Teresa Shields Parker on October 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      There’s so much noise in the world. Too many words telling me how to think. Soon my mind is no longer mine And I am buried in others’ words.   I begin to spit out what I hear Without asking what He thinks, The One who is Wisdom Himself. Is there a way to […] The post The Power of One appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Will these four inches make a difference?
    by Eryn Lynum on October 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    The word sent me digging. If this is what my life is measured up to, what does it mean? He held up his hand and traced a line across. […]

  • Hope Encounters the Truth
    by RJ Thesman on October 30, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    As I started my research for No Visible Scars, I had plenty of material to draw from. One out of four women live in destructive relationships. This includes women whose husbands are corporate executives, church leaders and elected officials. Abused … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Make Super-Moisturizing Healing Lotion
    by Sally Jadlow on October 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

    With cold weather on the way dry skin is too. A friend shared a recipe with me. It is not only good for dry skin. It heals wounds amazingly fast. I got busy last Saturday morning and whipped up a double batch. Now I’m ready for winter’s worst. You’ll need these items which I buy at Wal-Mart:                                                    13 ounces of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly                                                    12 ounces Vitamin E Cream                     ... Read More Read Mor […]

  • The Real Reason To Fear Halloween
    by Teresa Shields Parker on October 28, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I don’t like Halloween, but as a kid we did celebrate Halloween because my mother loved it. As I got older I did wonder why my devout Christian family celebrated Halloween, which seemed to be a time to scare kids to death. It’s a time when we encourage children to dress up as scary monsters, […] The post The Real Reason To Fear Halloween appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Nostalgic Moments
    by Elaine McAllister on October 26, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Nostalgia It’s defined by some as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, and I would agree. I’ve had my share of wistful and nostalgic moments lately, having just returned from a much too short, and long overdue family reunion. My heart is full. The nostalgic moments of days gone by were remembered, […] The post Nostalgic Moments appeared first on Elaine McAllister. […]

  • When Acceptance and Hope Meet
    by RJ Thesman on October 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    In a previous post, I wrote about the racial diversity of Santa Fe. But a different type of diversity encouraged me, humbled me and taught me to be more open to those around me. During my week in Santa Fe, … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
    by SuZan Klassen on October 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    The Durango-Silverton train’s passenger car swayed gently from side to side. I adjusted the notebook on my lap and continued to write. Bright sunshine slanted through the windows on the right side of the railroad car where I sat. A puff of smoke from the train’s engine blew through the open window. The acrid smell … More Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad […]

  • Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
    by Sally Jadlow on October 23, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Pumpkin Pie from Scratch We grow our own pumpkins so I don’t use the canned stuff from the grocery store. There is no comparison in the taste. Pumpkin Preparation for Pie Cut a 3-4 pound pumpkin in half and scoop the seeds out. Place the pumpkin, cut side down, on an aluminum-covered cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour until a fork pierces the pumpkin skin easily. Take the pumpkin out of the oven... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Overcomers Doors Close Tonight!
    by Teresa Shields Parker on October 20, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I came home the other day, pulled in the garage, shut down the door, got all my exercise gear, groceries and purse out of my car, went to the door and … Yep, it was locked and I didn’t have a key. My very “thoughtful” son had locked the door because both my hubby and […] The post Overcomers Doors Close Tonight! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Can my prayer reach his suffering?
    by Sylvia Schroeder on October 20, 2018 at 12:39 am

    He sat alone at the table, palms pressed together like hands praying, shoulders hunched, and chin resting on the tips of his fingers. He stared into space a million galaxies away. Together since kids, bonded in marriage, and hammered in trial, we faced grief like two strangers on a separate road. In that poignant poise, […] The post Can my prayer reach his suffering? appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]