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.

Marketing Lab

Facilitator: Jeanette Littleton and others

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

You have articles on file and ideas of books and articles to write.

But how do you sell them? Where do you sell them?

For the Jan. HACWN meeting, our whole meeting time will be a hands-on session about marketing. Bring your Writers Market Guide if you have one and computer (if you can) and a list of pieces you’ve written or ideas you’d like to write and sell.

We will have interactive time of talking about how to sell our materials, how to use market guides, and how to submit materials. And we will work together at helping each other find places to send our work…so we’ll all get better at it and learn about resources. Start your writing year out right!

Jeanette Gardner Littleton has written more than 5000 articles and other pieces for publication. She is currently on the staff of Grace & Peace Magazine and serves as editor of Indian Life newspaper.

Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members

  • Shame, Transparency and Destiny
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 21, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Remember the children’s story, The Emperor Has No Clothes? Imagine how embarrassed that ruler was when he found he was parading all through town wearing nothing but his underwear! I can relate to that level of shame. You might be able to, as well. It wreaks havoc in our lives and keeps us from our destiny. […] The post Shame, Transparency and Destiny appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Dear Newborn, We’ll Figure Out This Dance Together One Fumbled Step At A Time.
    by Eryn Lynum on February 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    We would fumble, I was certain. Sometimes dancing is nothing but mess as we sloppily maneuver around one another until we fall into step together. […]

  • The Liberty Bell
    by SuZan Klassen on February 21, 2018 at 10:06 am

    The famous Liberty Bell was originally called the “Old State House Bell.” When most people think of the Liberty Bell, they expect to see that iconic crack in it. Everyone wants a photo including the distinctive characteristic. It wouldn’t be the Liberty Bell without it. Most of us don’t realize that these bells were actually … More The Liberty B […]

  • Hope Finds Her Words
    by RJ Thesman on February 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The communications rep from the White House began her statement with, “When we saw the pictures….” She referred to the black eye suffered by Rob Porter’s ex-wife. Displayed across news channels and social media sites, we all saw the extent … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • God’s Promise for Wayward Ones
    by Sally Jadlow on February 20, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Do you have people that are near your heart but very far from God? His word is full of promises if we will fulfill His conditions. The Holy Spirit recently took me on what I call a gold mining trip. It’s when you’re made aware of a scripture and it seems God wrote that verse just for you. You have to dig out each word from the original Hebrew or Greek to see the full meaning of the words. I use... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Join me in the 40-day Challenge of Prayer
    by Zeta Combs Davidson on February 18, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Will you join me in the 40-day Challenge to Prayer as outlined by Mark Batterson? Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Releasing Heavy Burdens
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 16, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    What have you been carrying that is weighing heavy on your mind? What burden do you need to get rid of, but are afraid to release to God? Why don’t you trust Him with that heavy burden? These are all questions that beg an answer. I’m asking these questions of today because in VIP Freedom […] The post Releasing Heavy Burdens appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • I Met My Daughter All Over Again Through Board Games
    by Danielle Ripley-Burgess on February 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    As I soaked in the moment, I realized there was even more to gain from this. I was meeting my daughter for what felt like the first time. […]

  • Cadillac Breakthrough
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Have you ever had a recurring dream that puzzles you? It’s like a dream that is something you wouldn’t make up for yourself or even think about during the daytime? That’s what has been happening in the last few weeks. It’s not a startling or overwhelming dream, but one that made me ponder it, research […] The post Cadillac Breakthrough appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Why Hope is So Important
    by RJ Thesman on February 15, 2018 at 1:57 am

    What is it about hope that keeps over 1900 followers checking out this blog? Why is hope so important that after almost two years, I am still writing about it? At its core, we cannot live without hope. It is … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Founding Personalities
    by SuZan Klassen on February 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    In honor of Presidents’ Day the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia) has several activities scheduled for this weekend. One is a Gallery Tour at the 2nd Bank of the U.S. Portrait Gallery: “The Early Presidents” tour is scheduled for this Saturday, February 17, 2018. View details for it and several other … More Founding Personalities […]

  • What was your gift for Valentine’s Day?
    by janetsyasnitsick on February 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    I got a dozen red roses and a big kiss. It was so nice for my husband to leave early this morning – without my knowing – to purchase them. In that way, I get to enjoy them for the … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • What’s Real About Love?
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 14, 2018 at 1:25 am

    What is love? What’s real about it? Is love that ooey-gooey feeling you get when you first meet that special guy? Is it the sparks that fly as you sit close together? Is it that unbridled enthusiasm you feel when he asks you to marry him or the overwhelming excitement of walking down the aisle […] The post What’s Real About Love? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Winter-France 1945
    by Sally Jadlow on February 13, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I haven’t written in a while about “Hard Times in the Heartland.” On page 195 Dad writes from the battlefield in one of his frequent letters home: “Bee I and several others were awarded the Combat Infantry Expert Badge for our participation in battle. That means $5.00 more a month. “It quit snowing for a couple of days. It’s warming a little , but the thaw brings gummy mud. The melting snow around each foxhole makes a good target for... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Broken Pieces
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

    “My family considered it normal for male relatives to sexually molest or abuse female relatives.” It is a familiar statement I’ve heard from many women. They are stories of broken pieces that seem as though they can never make anything beautiful again. My Story It is a story I can and cannot relate to. I […] The post Broken Pieces appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Dear Mama, Your Motherhood And Your Mission Can Stop Competing
    by Eryn Lynum on February 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Far too many times I have shut them out of this beautiful work. But I want so badly for them to see it, this vision. To feel the excitement, and sense the eternal reward. […]

  • My Confession
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I have a confession to make. Even though I’ve lost 250 pounds, weight loss is not the most important thing in my life. And I don’t think it should be yours either, no matter how much weight you have to lose. Following God Following what God is telling us, showing us and where He is […] The post My Confession appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • First Line Friday Features Wilted Dandelions
    by catherineulrichbrakefield on February 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

     Anneliese Dalaba February 9, 2018  The book I’m featuring today is Wilted Dandelions by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield. Buffalo, New York 1837 “Spinster Rachael picks weeds, hoping someone will pick her.”  I met this author at our ACFW Great Lakes Chapter meeting in January and decided to read one of her novels. It was time well spent. The […]

  • Don’t Put Your Marriage On Hold For Their Sake
    by Sylvia Schroeder on February 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Never would I have imagined as I held my first baby such fearful responsibility would become my sustenance. Nor was I prepared when such love vied for first love. […]

  • Living In the Mystery
    by Teresa Shields Parker on February 8, 2018 at 3:50 am

    We are human and we are afraid. We are grown men and women and we are afraid. We are Christians, saved by grace and guaranteed a place in heaven and we are afraid. We live in the mystery of God and we are afraid. We are afraid of dying and we are afraid of living. […] The post Living In the Mystery appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]