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.

The Key to Successful Marketing

with RJ Thesman

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

What is the basis for successful marketing, and how can we achieve it in 2020?
Many writers approach marketing as a negative task. They never move toward a successful view of what marketing can do. A more positive outlook can help you effectively share your words and impact the world. But you have to begin with a mindshift.
Join RJ Thesman for an interactive workshop on the value of marketing. Learn new ways to achieve success while sharing your words. Come away with several new ideas to invite readers into your story. Then watch the results add up from your 2020 marketing action steps.

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

  • Sugar Was Killing Me
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 23, 2020 at 1:55 am

    It took me awhile, but I finally realized what I was doing was not working for me in any shape or form. That only happened, though, when a cardiac surgeon gave me five years to live. It’s crazy the things you think about when you’ve been given a death sentence. It’s maddening. It made me […]The post Sugar Was Killing Me appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Life Will Never Be The Same
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 23, 2020 at 1:22 am

    The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1 (ESV) “Life will never be the same,” I told my friend. “No matter how this turns out, life will never be the same again.”  We walked through a white marble hospital corridor, its antiseptic walls […] The post Life Will Never Be The Same appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Episode 12—SundiJo Graham: No More Diets
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

    When SundiJo Graham’s seven-year-old cousin told her his Christmas wish was for her to be able to ride the roller coaster with him, she was devastated when she failed to give him the gift he wanted the next year. It took time, lots of struggle, dealing with issues in her past and getting real with God before she would finally lose enough weight to give him his gift. She has lost 145 pounds, but she did not diet and still doesn’t.The post Episode 12—SundiJo Graham: No More Diets appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • When Hope is Sidelined
    by RJ Thesman on January 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Although I have become known as the platform writer of hope, life sometimes interferes with the process. When circumstances force me to the sideline, I have to work harder to find hope and encourage myself again. The last weeks of … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Pregnancy Then and Now
    by Sally Jadlow on January 21, 2020 at 8:11 am

    As I stood in line at the Dollar Store I spied this the other day. How times have changed! When we were married almost fifty-eight years ago the scenario went like this:  You got married.  One day you missed a cycle.  Soon after you felt sick.  You went to the doctor.  They took a urine sample and sent it to a lab.  The lab injected a rabbit with your urine.  About two weeks later, if the rabbit died, the doctor... Read More Read Mor […]

  • The Acceptable Sin
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 20, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    It’s the acceptable, condoned, even sanctified sin because that crafty, wily old wolf in sheep’s clothing has made it appear to be so. We joke about it from the pulpit. We even encourage it with our donuts, cookies and lollipops every Sunday and at every committee meeting and small group get together. Satan’s fingerprints are […]The post The Acceptable Sin appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • The Kingdom of Me
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 20, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I am building my own kingdom, My glass towers in the sun. Full of hurry and gain and wealth beyond my widest imagination.   I am focused on me and my wants and desires, What works for me, What helps me, What promotes me, What gets me to the next step on the proverbial pyramid […]The post The Kingdom of Me appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Seek God”
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 20, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Psalm 16 has long been one of my favorite scripture passages: v.8b. . . “because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells … Continued […]

  • Discovering Real Freedom
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 19, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    The post Discovering Real Freedom appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Our family hibernates once a year. Here’s how it’s changed us.
    by Eryn Lynum on January 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    We had allowed it to slip far out of hand when my husband had an idea. “Why don’t we hibernate?&rdquo […]

  • My Drug of Choice
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 16, 2020 at 3:22 am

    We sing I surrender all, but we what we really mean is I surrender some. The rest of it we’re sure God will never require of us. It’s non-negotiable because we feel we are entitled to be comfortable or so we think. Comfortably Uncomfortable Right now, I’m sitting in my comfortable recliner. The temperature in […]The post My Drug of Choice appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • All for Jesus. Sorta. Kinda. Well Almost.
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 16, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Here they come again. Younger each year, or maybe I’m just older. They come with their finger on a map and feet pointed forward, eager to go anywhere and do anything for Jesus. Men and women arrive ready to learn and willing to obey. Every new group of global workers amazes me with talent, energy […] The post All for Jesus. Sorta. Kinda. Well Almost. appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Episode 11 – Lasting Weight Loss
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Since coming into my coaching courses and groups Peggy Burgess has lost 79 pounds. She’s doing it the right way, slow and steady and incorporating habit changes as she goes. That is resulting in her lasting weight loss.The post Episode 11 – Lasting Weight Loss appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Lasting Weight Loss
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 14, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Peggy Burgess, 69, is a single mom of five, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of six, with another one on the way. She’s my guest on episode 11 of Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast. 79-Pound Weight Loss Since coming into my coaching courses and groups, she has lost 79 pounds. She’s doing it the […]The post Lasting Weight Loss appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Hope in the Retelling
    by RJ Thesman on January 14, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Recently, another writer asked, “Are you working on your memoir? It seems you’ve lived an interesting life.” In fact, I have been writing my memoir for several years. Only one  piece remains, but I have to wait for life to … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • How to Make Whole Wheat Bread
    by Sally Jadlow on January 14, 2020 at 9:00 am

    On cold winter days baking bread shouts comfort food like no other. I used to bake nine loaves of bread each week. Now, not so much! My favorite recipe uses whole wheat flour and unbleached white. I’ve included it in my cookbook Family Favorites from the Heartland. It’s my go-to recipe for bread. Someone asked me how long this process takes. I answered, “Three hours total, but you don’t have to stand and watch it rise. Go do something useful while... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Clean Slates of Possibilities or Endless Piles of Heaviness
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 13, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Sheets of frozen white driven by cutting wind kept my snow-loving son indoors. By late afternoon, the worst moved past. Glittering flecks blew from drift to drift, tiny razor shards of snow bit into anyone brave enough to challenge the outdoors. My husband shrugged into his marshmallow puffed coat, scarf, and hat to make a […] The post Clean Slates of Possibilities or Endless Piles of Heaviness appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Are God’s Words True?
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 11, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Like most writers, I’m especially fond of words— words in fiction novels, words in magazines, in SS papers, in devotionals, in songs, etc. As a result, my house is overrun with books, magazines, all sorts of things containing words (even … Continued […]

  • Each and Every Day
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 9, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Just as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, each and every day we need to choose Jesus. Each and every day we need to make that choice again. Each and every day He must be our one desire, the real and absolute Lord of our lives. Making the […]The post Each and Every Day appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • If You Aim at Nothing are You Really Bound to Hit It? 
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    In the month of January, when people sit down with year planners and good intentions, I realize, I’m not a great goal setter.  I don’t like to see on black and white what I’ve kept locked in my brain. It’s not as much seeing it there as feeling like the words are looking at me. […] The post If You Aim at Nothing are You Really Bound to Hit It?  appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]