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.
The Stone on Your Shoulder: Storytelling Across Generations
with Elaine York McAllister
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)
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
Why Do I Want to Live?
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 18, 2019 at 2:23 am
In 1999 I was laying in a hospital bed awaiting the results of an angioplasty. A cardiac surgeon thought I needed a mitral valve replacement. Any surgery at 430 pounds was risky, especially open heart surgery. Magic Fix I felt so lousy, though, that I was ready for something, anything to fix me and make […] The post Why Do I Want to Live? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope Celebrates an Anniversary
by RJ Thesman on September 17, 2019 at 10:00 am
Happy Anniversary to my creative self. One year ago, I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to participate in a writers conference called “The Creative Reboot.” Several aspects of this conference drew me to register. The amazing location, the opportunity … Continue reading &rarr […]
by Sally Jadlow on September 17, 2019 at 8:13 am
When we left the Royal Caribbean ship in Skagen, Denmark, we had seven hours to soak up the local flavor. This port was smaller than most. After we walked a good distance into town we shopped a while, then looked for a public bathroom. Finding none, we ducked into a local church. The simple, clean lines, wood floors, and bare white walls furnished a stark contrast to the elaborate churches we had seen in St. Petersburg. Down the center aisle,... Read More Read Mor […]
Whole, Healthy and Happy
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 17, 2019 at 4:06 am
The heart-pounding strains of 2001 Space Odyssey theme stuck me as I walked through the doors of Freedom Seminar. I am sure I looked as frightened as I felt. My friends, Nancy and Judy who had paid my way along with friends of my fellow trainees, were cheering us on as we entered the room. […] The post Whole, Healthy and Happy appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Move That Mountain!
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm
One day in 1977, I was sitting at the kitchen table in our small two-bedroom apartment in Eldon, MO. Roy, my husband, had just left for work. The sun was streaming through the east-facing picture window where our plants sat including the pine tree named Irving that our friend had given us as a wedding […] The post Move That Mountain! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
When God’s Word Speaks
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 14, 2019 at 2:33 am
There are many ways God speaks. One of the most important ways is through His Word. It is living. It is the same and yet it is not a book that we read once and know it completely. Each time we read, even if it’s the same passage, we get more understanding. “For we have […] The post When God’s Word Speaks appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
God and the Quarter Lady
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm
God is always speaking. We just aren’t always listening. This is a truth that I’ve come to realize by trial and error. The problem is we want the handwriting on the wall, the voice from Heaven, the dimensions of the ark. However, God does still speak in all those ways. Even when he saw the […] The post God and the Quarter Lady appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Mission to the Moon
by SuZan Klassen on September 12, 2019 at 4:14 pm
This summer marked the 50th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon. With all the hoopla over this space anniversary, I decided the best way to celebrate was to watch a movie. Apollo 13 seemed the obvious choice. I requested a copy from my library. Unfortunately so did many others. I’m still waiting my … More Mission to the Moon […]
Cutting Your Husband’s Food and Other Friendly Tasks
by Philip Schroeder on September 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm
So, I cut his roast chicken. Into little square edibles. When I looked up, he wore a puzzled expression, a little worried but seriously amused. I drew my eyes back down to where mangled bits of poultry lay in a pile on my husband’s plate. “Hmmm,” he commented. “Maybe you need a day off.” It’s […] The post Cutting Your Husband’s Food and Other Friendly Tasks appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Hope Delights in Dandelions
by RJ Thesman on September 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm
They raise their chartreuse heads above the frosted grass. At first, I am cheered by the bright yellow dots in my yard. “It will soon be time for the garden,” I tell the cat. Her tawny eyes reflect with understanding. … Continue reading &rarr […]
by Sally Jadlow on September 10, 2019 at 8:10 am
We had almost a whole day to discover Stockholm, Sweden. We walked first to Gamla Stan, the medieval Old Town. On the way out of that area I popped into a beautiful church. We caught a hop-on hop-off bus to allow us to view the sights from the windows of a bus. We hoped to go to the Ice Bar but found out there would be no way to get in because reservations are made... Read More Read Mor […]
Why and How I Coach
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm
You’ve likely heard my story of massive transformation. I weighed 430 pounds and lost 250 pounds. That only happened because God never gave up on me and He hasn’t given up on you either. I know God’s heart breaks for those caught in the bondage of food addiction. It’s one of the main reasons I […] The post Why and How I Coach appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Happy Grandparents’ Day
by SuZan Klassen on September 5, 2019 at 1:26 pm
You may have noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s time to catch you up to date. This has been one of my busiest summers ever, even though we have not traveled very much. Why so busy? Grandkids. One of my adult children needed a sitter for part of July and August because his … More Happy Grandparents’ Day […]
It’s Raining Tears
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 5, 2019 at 12:16 am
Ever feel discouraged, hopeless, lost, defeated, frustrated on your journey, whatever your journey looks like? If so, this prayer I wrote is just for you. As you know, my journey is about walking in wholeness—body, soul and spirit. That includes maintaining my physical health and weight, being attentive to and patient with my emotional needs, […] The post It’s Raining Tears appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
The Choice Is Yours
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm
I love the show extreme weight loss. That’s where the host chooses one extremely large person to lose half their weight in a year. He surprises them at in public and says. “I choose you for the transformation of your life!” I feel like I’ve been on that show only it was God who surprised […] The post The Choice Is Yours appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope Survives at Home
by RJ Thesman on September 3, 2019 at 10:00 am
Something about houses attracts the hope within. Tudors with their brick facades, happy bungalows — especially the ones equipped with porch swings, cottages framed by specialty gardens. The memoir I am writing is focused around the theme of various houses … Continue reading &rarr […]
by Sally Jadlow on September 3, 2019 at 8:01 am
Our Royal Caribbean ship arrived in Helsinki, Finland early in the morning and began a long walk into town. On the way we noticed a couple of ladies scrubbing graffiti off a sign in a lovely little park. They weren’t paid to do it, they did it because it needed to be done. We stopped to visit with them before we trudged on. We happened upon a very unique Lutheran church called Temppeliaukio Church. It’s built into solid rock, thus... Read More Read Mor […]
Live Simply By Simply Following Christ
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 2, 2019 at 1:36 am
Why do we have to complicate everything? Why can’t we just live simply so we can simply live to follow Christ. This is so true of weight loss. It really isn’t complicated, but many want us to think it is. I won’t lie. For those of us with weight issues weight loss can be the […] The post Live Simply By Simply Following Christ appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Our Favorite Kid’s Bible for New Readers
by Eryn Lynum on August 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm
I want him immersed in the breathtaking story of Scripture. That’s just what Zondervan's new NIrV Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids has put into motion. […]
Who I Am Is Dying!
by Teresa Shields Parker on August 29, 2019 at 1:12 am
“I need help,” the text on my phone read. It was 11:39 on Sunday morning and I was taking notes on the sermon like I always do, but I knew God wouldn’t mind that I answered her urgent plea…”What’s going on?” I replied. “I need to get healthy,” Andrea said. “I cannot do this any more. Who I am is […] The post Who I Am Is Dying! appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]