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.
Anything You Ever Wanted to Ask About Writing
Facilitator: Zeta Davidson
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)
HACWN Membership Coordinator and Advisory Board Member, Zeta Davidson, will facilitate the discussion. Zeta specializes in personal experience, devotional, and ministry articles. Come ready to learn and to have fun talking shop!
Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members
Is the Joy Of The Lord My Strength?
by Teresa Shields Parker on April 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm
The joy of the Lord my strength. But how? These are great sounding words, but I never thought that the joy of the Lord could literally become strength to my body. Recently, though, I had a head-on collision with this verse’s reality and it changed me. Healed By Joy I was hurrying from the bookstore into […] The post Is the Joy Of The Lord My Strength? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Will We Trust Him When Life’s Pain Does Not Make Sense?
by Eryn Lynum on April 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm
It felt ruthless. Anything but caring, tender, or nurturing. It felt like taking life rather than giving it. But this is where my five minutes of research and a YouTube video had landed me. […]
When Connections Alter Hope
by RJ Thesman on April 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
She seems more content now with her life in assisted living, but the contentment itself tears her farther away from family. Have I mentioned how much I hate Alzheimer’s? Several weeks ago, I drove 250 miles to be with family … Continue reading &rarr […]
by Sally Jadlow on April 25, 2017 at 8:00 am
In Matthew chapter 18:21-35, Jesus speaks of the necessity of forgiveness. In essence, He says if we don’t forgive those who have wronged us, we will be handed over to the torturers (verse 34) in the New American Standard Version. In the King James Version, they used the word jailers instead of torturers. In the Greek according to BlueLetterBible.org that word means: “one who elicits the truth by the use of the rack, an inquisitor, torturer also used of a jailer doubtless... Read More Read Mor […]
A Field Trip, A Report, & A Challenge
by Zeta Combs Davidson on April 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm
What can be learned from a kindergarten field trip? What might God teach us? Continue reading &rarr […]
Holocaust Remembrance Day
by SuZan Klassen on April 23, 2017 at 3:00 am
Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. This year’s anniversary falls on Monday, April 24. However, in the Jewish calendar, the day begins at sunset of the previous day. Observing Jews will celebrate Remembrance Day beginning at sunset Sunday, … More Holocaust Remembrance Day […]
by RJ Thesman on April 18, 2017 at 10:00 am
Most of my reflecting time is spent in the solitude of my home study. But occasionally, I venture into the world of people for a cuppa Joe. I often bring a journal, a book to read, paper and pen to … Continue reading &rarr […]
The Impossible Quiche
by Sally Jadlow on April 18, 2017 at 8:00 am
Do you like quiche, but don’t like to have to mix and roll out dough? Here’s a quick and easy recipe that makes it’s own crust. The Impossible Quiche 12 slices bacon, crisp fried and crumbled 1 cup shredded swiss cheese (or cheddar if you prefer) ½ teaspoon chopped thyme (optional) 1/3 cup finely chopped onion Sprinkle over the bottom of a lightly greased 9-10 inch pie plate Blend together these next ingredients (below) in a high-speed blender. Pour... Read More Read Mor […]
Do You Really Love Me?
by Teresa Shields Parker on April 18, 2017 at 2:15 am
“Do you love Me with all your heart?” I was just reading my daily Bible reading like a good girl and then, He had to ask me that question. I squirmed. The question caught me off guard. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind, and all your soul and […] The post Do You Really Love Me? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
I Am Not Reading My Kids The Whole Story Today
by Eryn Lynum on April 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Steam rises from my mug as I pour that first cup, and settle down onto the floor between a pile of boys. I know just the story. But they’re not going to like it. […]
Hope Remembers Jewel
by RJ Thesman on April 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
We met as volunteers at a pregnancy crisis center – she with a desire to publish her books, I with the time and expertise to help her. As writers, we both understood the calling and the passion of words – … Continue reading &rarr […]
One Stop in WW II
by Sally Jadlow on April 11, 2017 at 8:00 am
The last stop in our journeys to follow my dad in the States during WW II was in Waynesville, MO. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood before the Army shipped the 70th Division to France. By then I was twenty months old and had already lived in Kansas, Oregon, and Missouri. My folks called this place “El Rancho.” We lived here with other couples because there was such a shortage of housing. Soon after this picture, Dad left to... Read More Read Mor […]
Jesus’ Busy Week
by SuZan Klassen on April 11, 2017 at 2:45 am
All around the world Christians observe this Holy Week or Passion Week. It began with Palm Sunday to observe Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It ends with His resurrection from the dead. In between, Jesus accomplishes a great deal. Perhaps you’d like to spend some time reflecting on Jesus’ busy week. Below is a list … More Jesus’ Busy Week […]
More Than One
by Teresa Shields Parker on April 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm
Forty years seems like a long time, but it goes by in a flash. Today my husband have been married for that long. I remember when we first got married. It was almost impossible to think of being married that long.The hope that was there became wishful thinking only a few years into marriage. Mess […] The post More Than One appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Wilted Dandelions: Traveling into the Unknown
by catherineulrichbrakefield on April 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm
In my previous article; First Footsteps of Western Expansion, I described the process I took creating my historical romance Wilted Dandelions. How I needed to know that every detail, every mile which Rachael and Jonathan traveled was as close to authentic as humanly possible for a writer of the 21st century. Little did my husband […]
When God Left Me Alone During The CT Scan
by Eryn Lynum on April 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm
I stepped forward as the TSA agent waved me on. My plane was scheduled to take me home in an hour and a half, and I would not be on it. […]
by janemtucker.com on April 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm
They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace. Christopher Robin went down with Alice. Alice is marrying one of the guard. “A soldier’s life is terrible hard,” Says Alice. – A.A. Milne After all the amazing things I’ve seen this week, I can’t believe I teared up when I saw the guard […]
Walking In Favor
by Teresa Shields Parker on April 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm
What is the favor of God and how do we obtain it? I went to a conference recently called Finding Favor. Some great thoughts were presented, but God had already been talking to me about this concept of favor. Wisdom At the beginning of each year I ask God for a word for the year. […] The post Walking In Favor appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
by RJ Thesman on April 4, 2017 at 10:00 am
It takes a while to stop spinning. Like a tire with loosened lug nuts, the wheel spinning around its axis, the transition from full-time ministry into semi-retirement spins. The slowing down requires intentional rest. To be intentionally still – listening … Continue reading &rarr […]
A Look Back
by Sally Jadlow on April 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
Forty-three years ago today, I recorded in my journal, “Lord, what do you want me to do with these poems I’ve begun to write these past two years?” I had 373 poems typed, and in a box. The box was beginning to overflow. Jesus’ admonition about hiding your light under a bushel had been heavy on my mind for several days. Searching in the yellow pages under “publishers” brought me to the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. I knew... Read More Read Mor […]