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.

Taking the Sin Away from Syntax 

with Jon Hopkings

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Many times in our writing, we focus on just the proper grammar and word choice without considering what is actually being said. This presentation will take you beyond the syntax to explore sentences in a different way. It’s sure to bring more creativity and thoughtfulness to your writing!

Jon Hopkins has been published broadly in magazines, compilation books, and newspapers. Along with his twin brother, Thomas, he’s also the author of The Princes of Albion and The Golden Cord, of the Long-Aimed Blow Series (Wheatmark 2016, 2019). A licensed pastor and teacher, he has 45 years of experience in caring for teens and families in distress. Jon collects books from the 19th century on character building, is interested in Ancient Roman studies, plays the mandolin and guitar, writes poetry, and chases tornados for fun. He currently lives with his wife, Valorie, in Owasso, Oklahoma.

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

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    Doors are open NOW for our Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy. They opened Tuesday night and are only open for one more day until today, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 pm. All you need to do to join is go HERE. I got an email today asking about our Overcomers success stories. We have many, […] The post Overcomers Share Their Successes appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Uncomfortable Comfort Foods
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 5, 2019 at 1:07 am

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  • Hidden Things
    by Sylvia Schroeder on December 5, 2019 at 12:17 am

    A rubber duck accompanied my walk around the room. I laid it in plain sight on a shelf of the bookcase. Its classic yellow face and orange bill pointed to the door where my daughter would skip through in a few seconds. “Heidi,” I called, “Come find the ducky.” Heidi scampered inside. Her eyes sparkled. They […] The post Hidden Things appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Episode 5 – God Nudges
    by Gazeley Victoria on December 4, 2019 at 6:21 am

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  • Overcomers Academy Is Open for 48 Hours Only!
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    Doors are open now! We’re waiting for you to join us in Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy. We’ll only be open for 48 hours so join now. The doors will close on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 pm. Here’s the link to join: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/Overcomers-Christian-Weight-Loss-Academy/. Overcomers basically has three main components: Overcomers Facebook Group, Overcomers Video […] The post Overcomers Academy Is Open for 48 Hours Only! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Holiday Tips for Caregivers
    by RJ Thesman on December 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

    The calendar reminds us how deep we are into the holiday season. Our waistlines expand while the stresses of family dynamics emotionally stretch us. As much as we enjoy the family time, the abundance of good food and the reminders … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Sewing Project for Brooke
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    Recently my granddaughter, Brooke, called. “Grandma, I’m making a tree skirt for my Christmas tree and I need some buttons. Do you have any you inherited from your mom?” “Oh, I’m sure,” I said. “Come on over and we’ll see what we can find.” Brooke sat on the couch and looked carefully through my collection. Some were in old pickle jars, others had been strung on an old piece of wire. Still others were in sacks. “Where did all these buttons... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Overcoming Obstacles
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 3, 2019 at 2:47 am

    It’s really not that I didn’t know what to do to lose weight, I just didn’t think it was possible for me. I knew I had obstacles in the way that needed to be overcome. I just couldn’t figure out how. Biggest Obstacle The biggest obstacle for me was doing the first thing Jesus told […] The post Overcoming Obstacles appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • For all of us mamas unready for Advent
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  • Why Do I Need A Coach?
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  • Crazy Christmas Miracles
    by Teresa Shields Parker on December 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Fat and Happy Is A Lie
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 30, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I was 40 years old before I even asked myself the question, “What do you really want?” Most of my life to that point had been trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t even realize that I could legitimately ask myself this question. Many people come up […] The post Fat and Happy Is A Lie appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • I Am Tempted
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 29, 2019 at 4:24 am

    One sure way to be tempted is to brag about how we never give into temptation and aren’t really tempted that much any more. That is an open invitation to the evil one to make sure we are tempted. Several times in the last month I have said something like this. “I’m far enough along […] The post I Am Tempted appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Attitude of Gratitude
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  • Episode 4 – The Great Adventure With God
    by Teresa Shields Parker on November 27, 2019 at 6:59 am

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  • Hope in a Puzzle
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    My puzzle reflects the colors and design of the Southwest United States — a region I love. Turquoise moccasins, Native American pottery and a sunset of desert textures. Yet beyond the stress-relieving act of fitting my puzzle pieces together, God … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Cataract Surgery
    by Sally Jadlow on November 26, 2019 at 9:31 am

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  • Settle, England Part 2
    by SuZan Klassen on November 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm

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  • What if the Light at the End of the Tunnel is Just More Tunnel?
    by Sylvia Schroeder on November 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm

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  • Hope in the Treasures
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