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.

Mindfulness to Enhance Creativity  

with Anne Rauth

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Mindfulness . . . a road to meaningful writing. Come join Anne Rauth as she helps us understand mindfulness and how it can lead us to more meaningful writing. You will learn mindful exercises that you can do on your own, and there will also be opportunities to write and reflect.

Anne has had marketing and development experience with different orga- nizations, including Hallmark and Mercy & Truth. She’s a favorite HACWN speaker and an all-around amazingly creative person. She’ll unleash your creativity as she leads you through this interactive evening.

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

  • The Life and Times of My Dad
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    One day a few years before my father, Rev. Ernest Franklin Shields passed away, I was prompted to take my new laptop over to his house and have him share his life story in his own words. I was so grateful I took the time to do this. When he died in June of 2005, […]The post The Life and Times of My Dad appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • “Hey Dad!”
    by SuZan Klassen on June 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    What do you do for Father’s Day? Expectations for the day may be wrapped up in expectations of the parent—both fulfilled and unfulfilled. Was that man the father you wanted him to be? Last weekend one of our adult children asked if they and their children could come over this Sunday. I think it’s a … More “Hey Dad!&rdquo […]

  • Our Youngest
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 15, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    We have stigmas, marks of disgrace that are associated with particular circumstances. One such circumstance is birth order. If you are the oldest, the stigma is you are bossy. If you are in between, the stigma is you are overlooked. However, if you are the youngest the stigma is you are the baby and always […]The post Our Youngest appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • A Father’s Lament
    by ptjht on June 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    This weekend is Father’s Day. For me it is always a difficult time of year. I have never given or sent someone a Father’s Day card who was my father. It is difficult to praise or honor him for the trauma he put me through as a child. “You are nothing but half-assed,” he would […]

  • He Gave Himself Up for Another
    by Sylvia Schroeder on June 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Before the carpenter’s sawdust brushed off, before the wood glue dried, before the grout hardened, the guy I married had to learn a new skill, the pregnant husband trade. Married four short months when the baby test promised more than a case of the flu, we looked at one another in shock.  “How in the […] The post He Gave Himself Up for Another appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Hope in the Handwriting
    by RJ Thesman on June 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    It was time to choose a new journal — to begin a new treasure trove of writings and daily reflections. I sorted through my stash and chose the one that spoke to me — sparkly with pink flower blossoms on … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Serendipitous Surprise
    by Sally Jadlow on June 11, 2019 at 9:15 am

    This past Friday Channel 4 set up broadcasting in Overland Park downtown under the clock tower. I had seen Mark Alford speaking about D-Day the day before.  I got the notion to take him my Hard Times in the Heartland book that includes stories about my dad during WW II in France and Germany. When I arrived a crowd gathered behind Mark and Abby Eden. Did I dare approach them? Would someone stop me? I observed one man walk up to... Read More Read Mor […]

  • A New Song
    by ptjht on June 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Fourteen days in the hospital when you don’t know what is wrong can be very be tedious. My wife was not feeling well. Hadn’t for a while. She never complained when sick, so it took a while before I noticed. Her aliment? She couldn’t retain any food or fluids in her body. She lost sixty-five […]

  • A Day in Venice
    by SuZan Klassen on June 6, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    On a warm spring morning we drove to downtown Venice. Venice, Florida that is. We parked our car as close to the shade as possible in the free parking lot and checked the city map at the kiosk beside the public restroom building. Downtown Venice offers plenty of shopping and restaurant choices (several with outdoor … More A Day in Venic […]

  • Surrendering the Wait of Our Work
    by Eryn Lynum on June 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I see it as I show up and do the rinse and repeat work of motherhood. As we tackle the same tasks and discipline at a dizzying pace, waiting for results we may not glean for years to come. Will we trust that God is at work in the midst of our waiting? […]

  • Get Your Own Want-To
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 5, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    If you want to go on weight loss journey, you must first want to change. You have to get your own want-to. Ok, so you probably won’t find that word in the dictionary. You will find wanter, which means “one that wants or is in need.” A want-to is why a wanter wants what he […]The post Get Your Own Want-To appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Victory Can Be Yours
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 4, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    There is a huge myth that weight loss companies have perpetuated through years of pitching products to us. That myth is that losing weight is fast and easy. That may be true for a few people who are not yet addicted to foods that contain sugar, flour and high carbohydrates. For the rest of us, […]The post Victory Can Be Yours appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Jesus Christ, My Savior
    by Judith Vander Wege on June 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm

     posted in: Prayer |   Who is Jesus Christ to you? To many he is just a man who lived 2000 years ago, who did and said many good things, then, unfortunately, was killed on a Roman Cross. To others, he is nothing … Continued […]

  • Don’t Take the Journey Alone
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    The dictionary defines a journey as, among other definitions, “a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.” My five stages of weight loss outline the process you must go through to achieve personal change or as I like to refer to it—transformation. It does outline an uphill journey over sometimes rough terrain. […]The post Don’t Take the Journey Alone appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Hope and the Feral Cats
    by RJ Thesman on June 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    It was a gift — an unexpected pleasure on a discouraging day. I had just pulled up my Amazon book sales report. Not enough sales for the month, not even close to my goal. Then I looked outside and laughed … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Jesus’ Authority Over Tornadoes
    by Sally Jadlow on June 4, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Sometimes we don’t take advantage of what Jesus has provided for us. In John 14:12 He said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” When the disciples were in a storm on the Sea of Galilee their boat was in danger of sinking when Jesus was asleep in the stern. They woke Jesus and said to... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Become A Spiritual Weight Loss Disciple
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 4, 2019 at 1:32 am

    As human beings, we are learners at heart. We learn best when we have a burning desire to learn. Probably the best motivation for learning is that if we don’t learn that particular skill we won’t survive … in our jobs, in our marriages, or in our lives period. The third stage in the Success […]The post Become A Spiritual Weight Loss Disciple appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Overload of Sweetness
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 2, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    When I was growing up I never had a doubt that my grandmother loved me. I knew it for sure because any negative emotion of the shame of not being the most popular girl in school was filled nicely with Grandma’s desserts. A weekend at Grandma’s house filled with baking and eating oatmeal cookies and […]The post Overload of Sweetness appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • My Worst Nightmare
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t know if my biggest nightmare was the fact that I discovered my weight actually was 430 pounds or if it was that I was going to die if I didn’t lose weight and keep it off. I just know those two things colliding made it my worst nightmare. Twenty Years Ago It was […]The post My Worst Nightmare appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Celebrate Grandparenting!
    by Elaine McAllister on May 31, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Do you celebrate grandparenting? I certainly do, and have for 4,760 days to be exact. That’s when it all started – 4,760 days ago – behind closed doors. Last minute complications changed our plans, so rather than witnessing the birth of my first grandchild, I stood in the hallway as they wheeled my daughter behind […] The post Celebrate Grandparenting! appeared first on Elaine McAllister. […]