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.

Patchwork Memoir

Facilitator: Molly Tortoro

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

At our next meeting, memoir and journaling specialist Molly Totoro wil teach us about what she calls Patchwork Memoir, a writing procedure that marries photographs with personal essays. The meeting will be highly interactive and Molly is encouraging each person present to bring 2 or 3 photos to use.

Molly Totoro is a writer who has a heart and passion for authentic living. She firmly believes “Everyone has a story to share.” Molly helps others write their stories to impact future generations. Follow Molly’s new blog series, “How to Journal” at Revising Life after 50.

Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members

  • Powered by God’s Anointing
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    How does the anointing help us accomplish the task God has called us to?  A coaching client asked me that question recently. My first response was that without us understanding that we are weak and we need His Spirit to empower us we can’t accomplish any task we know He’s called us to do. Of […] The post Powered by God’s Anointing appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Learning To Laugh Between The Watermelon Rows
    by Amanda Wells on December 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

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  • 1)I 2)Love 3)Lists
    by karenmorerod@gmail.com on December 14, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I’m a list-maker. I love making lists. I love checking off items on a list. I love the feeling of accomplishment from checking off items on a list. Here lately, though, in this tricky season of decreased motivation interest purpose my lists...Read mor […]

  • Apologies vs. Forgiveness
    by Sally Jadlow on December 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      With apologies swarming around like a thick cloud of gnats these days, we need to examine the difference. To apologize, according to Dictionary.com, is “to offer an excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury. To make a formal defense in speech or writing.” An apology is “an expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another.” You can regret wronging another and still not change. You’re still not forgiven. It’s a pretend... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Hope Fills the White Stocking
    by RJ Thesman on December 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Have you heard the legend of the White Stocking? This tradition was begun by a mother who realized her family was so consumed by the trappings and gifts of Christmas, they had forgotten the true meaning of the celebration. She … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • 10 Ways To Point Your Child To Jesus As Their Best Friend This Christmas
    by Dawn Tiffany on December 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    During the Christmas season, there are so many things that vie for our attention. This month the world will scream its definition of Christmas, while God will whisper, “Remember Me.” &nbs […]

  • New book, When Hearts Rekindle
    by janetsyasnitsick on December 8, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Well, if you have been waiting with faded breath for the final book in my Great Plains series, you are in luck. As of Friday, December 1, 2017, I submitted this manuscript, When Hearts Rekindle, into the publisher. Other e-book … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Last Year at this time
    by ptjht on December 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      This is a poem I wrote last year at this time. Praise God He has brought me through it and has blessed me with so many things this year. “A New Year’s Introspection” I cannot stand outside my own house and look in my window. When gazing inward there is no mirror to reflect […]

  • The Sacred Job of “Come and See”
    by Eryn Lynum on December 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    This is motherhood in its simplest, most beautiful form. And it is something each of us can give, even in our most exhausted and depleted moments... […]

  • Job’s Friends Are a Four-Letter-Word
    by karenmorerod@gmail.com on December 7, 2017 at 3:08 am

    “Read the book of Job,” they said. “It will help in your grief,” they said. Are you kidding? By the fourth chapter in the book of Job in the Bible, I was writing nasty comments in my Bible about Job’s “friends” who...Read mor […]

  • Flowers for the Fallen
    by SuZan Klassen on December 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will live in infamy…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary of the attack is this Thursday. Remember and honor those who served. My friend, Karan Klassen visited the memorial site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii this past weekend. … More Flowers for the Fallen […]

  • Are You Ready for Transformation?
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 5, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    It’s Demo Day at our house. Kind-of feels like I’m living in Fixer Upper! Every time I watch that show, I’m reminded of how we all need a Demo Day followed by a Design Day to start the transformation for our own lives. Demo Day Demo Day is the day when we remove all the […] The post Are You Ready for Transformation? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • 7 Holiday Tips for Alzheimers Caregivers
    by RJ Thesman on December 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    How can we help the Alzheimer’s loved one survive the holidays?  As much as we enjoy the family time, the abundance of good food and the reminders to be grateful for another year – we also have to remember how … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Sowing and Reaping
    by Sally Jadlow on December 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

      The day after we were married over fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of this land handed down the edict that prayer was no longer allowed in schools. In January 1973, just forty-five years ago, that same court made abortion legal. According to the Center for Disease and Control, at the end of 2013, there have been 51,888,303 abortions reported to that department since 1970. The Bible tells us in Hosea 8:7 that if you sow the wind, you’ll... Read More Read Mor […]

  • The Simple Power of Connection Tucked Under The Christmas Tree
    by Sylvia Schroeder on December 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    My mother was the queen of tradition-making. She worked to keep the main Gift of Christmas the main gift of our attention. But in all the activities, she recognized the simple power of connection. […]

  • We All Make Mistakes, Me Included!
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    We all mess up, right? Last night somehow an old email from September got sent out. It’s a great post called Am I Free If I Don’t Feel Free. You can click on the link to read it on the blog if you like. Anyway at the end it gives the link to VIP Freedom […] The post We All Make Mistakes, Me Included! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Inspire the Heart and Enrich the Soul!
    by catherineulrichbrakefield on December 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Give a Christmas gift that can be continuously reopened!  Join the celebration on December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. I will be at Faith Christian Store located at 4463 Miller Rd., Flint, Michigan on December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. with my latest inspirational historical romance, Swept into Destiny, this is the first […]

    by karenmorerod@gmail.com on December 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    YIKES! I’m not mentioning it’s been six months since I blogged. That’s bad press for a writer. So, let’s just not focus on that. How about we talk about ……. WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER! I held a short moment of silence for...Read mor […]

  • Be An Overcomer!
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 1, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Jesus, of course, is the original Overcomer. He overcame sin, death and the grave. Many times while here on earth He gave His disciples glimpses of how He would be remembered. Right before He went to the cross, He had a heart-to-heart with His buddies, those who’d traveled the last three years with Him. He told […] The post Be An Overcomer! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Freedom and Forgiveness
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 30, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Forgiveness could be considered selfish on our part, but it is a good kind of selfish, one that God condones. It is akin to loving ourselves. There’s really nothing in forgiveness for the person who wronged us or did something that hurt us. They don’t care if we forgive them or not. For us, though, […] The post Freedom and Forgiveness appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]