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.
All About YOU!
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)
This is a meeting that focuses on you! Come with your writing questions that you’d like to have answered. Bring a manuscript you’d like critique on. Come prepared to practice your editorial pitch you’re going to give at the conference. Get feedback on a book proposal. It’s a time for you to network and draw from each other as writers. Like always, plenty of experienced people will also be at the meeting.
Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members
Lessons in trusting God #23
by Judith Vander Wege on September 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm
When I think of trust, I think of a little child jumping off a porch into her father’s arms. She knows he will catch her. Another time she may show trust by accepting father’s advice when it goes against her … Continued […]
A Lesson in Mommy-Wisdom That Broke Through My Insecurities
by Sylvia Schroeder on September 20, 2018 at 1:29 am
It was a sincere question, “What are some weaknesses you see in my parenting?” I thought I really wanted to know. My husband and I were both twenty-three with a still-young marriage and a toddler. Although the question was honest, my reaction proved it was wrapped in a receiving blanket of pride infused insecurity… Read […] The post A Lesson in Mommy-Wisdom That Broke Through My Insecurities appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Through the Valley #22
by Judith Vander Wege on September 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm
In the last blog, I talked about tragedies and how God can use them for good. Today I want to share the lyrics for a song I wrote. It is a personal testimony of God working in my life. In … Continued […]
Hope Finds a Relationship
by RJ Thesman on September 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm
This series about the Saturday Sisters cannot end without a post that features Deb. Although I have written about her numerous times since that horrible day she died – she is still included when the Saturday Sisters meet. Susan makes … Continue reading &rarr […]
A Lesson in Mommy-Wisdom That Broke Through My Insecurities
by Sylvia Schroeder on September 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm
I felt like I lived in a fish bowl of temper tantrums, potty-talk and sticky fingers declaring my failures. Parenthood is a vulnerable position. […]
God’s Blessed Surprises
by Sally Jadlow on September 18, 2018 at 9:14 am
I spent an exciting weekend recently speaking to Wordwrights, a Christian writers group from Oklahoma City. We met at a home of one of the members near Mulhall, OK. Donna and her sister, Gloria, run a restful retreat center called Yonderland the Way Station on their property. I love speaking to writers. There is an amazing synergism of creativity that happens when writers gather. God filled our time together with unexpected surprises above and beyond our expectations. Friday night my hostess... Read More Read Mor […]
Navigating The Maze To Destiny
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Do you feel stuck, laden with so much baggage you can barely move? If you are like I was, I knew God had good plans for me and not plans for disaster,1 but I felt I was a living disaster. It felt like any good plans God had for me, I had negated. I couldn’t […] The post Navigating The Maze To Destiny appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Freedom From Diets
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm
Wait, don’t go on that diet! You can haven freedom from diets and get what you really want, which is to lose weight and keep the weight off. It is possible, but it will take a little work. It’s not a magic fix, but it can be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself. […] The post Freedom From Diets appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
As Pure Gold #21
by Judith Vander Wege on September 13, 2018 at 7:30 am
Do you think of trials and tragedies as punishment? Like when people treat you wrong or accidents happen? When tempted to be angry at God for things he allows, think of what Joseph went through, (Gen. 37-50). His brothers sold him … Continued […]
Hold My Hand
by Sylvia Schroeder on September 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm
“Mommy?” Charity whispered into the dark still night. “Hold my hand.” I felt the soft skin of her little hand slide smoothly into mine. It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be there. The connection reached straight into my mommy heart. Together we picked our way through the rocky path toward the warm light […] The post Hold My Hand appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
“I’m so sorry, but…”
by Elaine McAllister on September 12, 2018 at 2:26 am
“I’m so sorry,” I said, stoically, “but as much as I WANT to accept the position, I’m going to have to turn it down.” There was hesitation on the other end of the line. Perhaps even disappointment, matching mine. The chairman had expressed the overwhelming support of the elder board when he offered me the […] The post “I’m so sorry, but…” appeared first on Elaine McAllister. […]
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
by SuZan Klassen on September 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It is a saying that’s been around for long before I was born. (I looked up the age just to make sure.) I’ve lived much of my life with that maxim in mind. Usually it has saved me time and money. But when it comes to the advance of … More If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It […]
Hope Stands With Perseverance
by RJ Thesman on September 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm
As we continue to discover the qualities of each Saturday Sister, Hope shows itself in the persevering life of Sharon. For over twenty years, my Saturday Sisters have met together – usually monthly – to eat lunch, talk about our … Continue reading &rarr […]
Idolatry #20 in Series
by Judith Vander Wege on September 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm
In grief, the prophet Isaiah proclaims judgment to surrounding nations and to Jerusalem. His “body is racked with pain,” birth pangs seize him. He is staggered, bewildered, full of fear. (Isaiah 21:3-4.) But he faithfully obeys the Lord, warning of … Continued […]
Six-word Short Stories
by Sally Jadlow on September 11, 2018 at 8:19 am
It is said that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six-word story. His response: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” This past week I attended a group offered by Hospice on grief writing. Our assignment: write a six-word story. These are some of my responses: Cancer devours, brings down good man. Seeming arthritic hip reveals cancer diagnosis. Future plans dashed by cancer doctors. Death dies when Jesus rises. Surprise! Seeming defeat swallowed up in victory. Jesus brings joy... Read More Read Mor […]
This Game Called Life
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 11, 2018 at 12:59 am
How to you see life? Is it a puzzle, a battle, a straight path, a dark never-ending tunnel, a roller coaster ride? On some level it’s all of those things. Lately, though, I’ve been seeing it as like a video game. Maybe more specifically, it’s a video game with levels to drive us forward or […] The post This Game Called Life appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Being Made Completely New
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 8, 2018 at 10:38 pm
When we say, “Yes,” to Jesus, repent of things we have been doing which are wrong and ask for His assurance, Scripture tells us that we have been made completely new. That means even in the way we eat. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in […] The post Being Made Completely New appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Fear, Hot Air Balloons and the Window
by Teresa Shields Parker on September 7, 2018 at 3:29 am
I’ve always been afraid of heights for as long as I can remember. Even as an adult, I just figured it was part of me, kind of like brown eyes and brown hair. Even after learning how to work with God to bring much healing of emotions that had been brewing since childhood, I never […] The post Fear, Hot Air Balloons and the Window appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope Believes in Service
by RJ Thesman on September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Continuing with this mini-series within the Hope series. As part of my legacy and just because I want to, I am blogging about each of my Saturday Sisters. For over twenty years, we have met together – usually monthly – … Continue reading &rarr […]
God’s Judgments #19
by Judith Vander Wege on September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Since June, this blog series has told how God rescues people from their messes. Yes, He is merciful. He doesn’t want to judge people (according to Isaiah), but would rather restore us to health and happiness. However, sometimes he must … Continued […]