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 Key to Successful Marketing

with RJ Thesman

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

What is the basis for successful marketing, and how can we achieve it in 2020?
Many writers approach marketing as a negative task. They never move toward a successful view of what marketing can do. A more positive outlook can help you effectively share your words and impact the world. But you have to begin with a mindshift.
Join RJ Thesman for an interactive workshop on the value of marketing. Learn new ways to achieve success while sharing your words. Come away with several new ideas to invite readers into your story. Then watch the results add up from your 2020 marketing action steps.

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 Picture of My Life
    by Teresa Shields Parker on March 31, 2020 at 1:50 am

    I discovered an old blog I still had floating out there in the never, never land of the internet. I started a poem over there, sometime around 2010 when I was stumbling along on my weight loss journey. I had no idea where or how all the jumbled pieces of my life would ever fit […]The post The Picture of My Life appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Need A Job?
    by Sally Jadlow on March 30, 2020 at 9:45 am

    With companies laying off people and others out of work because their jobs are considered “Non-essential,” many people are out of work. I ran across this link directing people to part time and full time jobs. Perhaps you know someone who could use this information.   Looking for a job because of coronavirus? These companies are hiring […]

  • Distractions, Worms, and Social Distancing!
    by Elaine McAllister on March 29, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    It’s Springtime in Kansas – at last! I’ve been absent for a while and I’ve missed you – my faithful readers. I’ve missed writing. Sharing life. Staying in touch. I’ve had many fleeting thoughts tempting me to craft them into a blog post, but it just hasn’t happened. While taking a hiatus, I finished my […] The post Distractions, Worms, and Social Distancing! appeared first on Elaine McAllister. […]

  • Scriptures For A Caregiver
    by Judith Vander Wege on March 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    My writing coach advises me to post a blog every two weeks. Part of me says, “There’s so much good stuff to read, I can’t possibly read everything I want to read. So why should I add my stuff to … Continued […]

  • It’s An Odd Time in the Fog of Covid-19
    by Sylvia Schroeder on March 26, 2020 at 12:52 am

    It’s an odd time to sell a house. It’s an odd time to move. It’s an odd time. Boxes scatter the floor and emptiness echoes off the walls of the only house we’ve ever owned. Outside a For Sale sign hangs. The Sold sign never got put up because these days only what must be […] The post It’s An Odd Time in the Fog of Covid-19 appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Episode 21—Towards Peace
    by Teresa Shields Parker on March 25, 2020 at 4:45 am

    With everyone in panic mode, peace seems like a forgotten commodity. We search for peace in so many things other than God. One of the biggest things we turn to is food. We find ourselves eating outside of the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves. We find ourselves stress eating.In this episode, I talk about four things that will help you get back on track or stay on track with your healthy lifestyle change plan.The post Episode 21—Towards Peace appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • A Tale of Two Families
    by SuZan Klassen on March 24, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I want to share a tale of two families and the corona virus. It is a true story. My sister has lung cancer. I’ve written about that before. For ten years she was unknowingly exposed to Radon Gas. Recent tests indicate her current medication is no longer effective. Her cancer is growing. The plan is … More A Tale of Two Families […]

  • Fighting the Virus with Hope
    by RJ Thesman on March 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The volume of her voice increased as the intercom crackled, “Shoppers, we have great news. A new pallet of toilet paper is available on Aisle 10.” The lady ahead of me wheeled a 180 with her cart and hurried toward … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • No Fear
    by Sally Jadlow on March 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

    In these uncertain times, a scripture keeps coming to mind. It reads: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not look anxiously about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10. When I awoke the other morning, I got the idea to type multiple copies of that scripture on a sheet and cut them to make little love notes... Read More Read Mor […]

  • The Librarian’s Secret
    by janetsyasnitsick on March 24, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Coming soon in 2020. A June book signing is being planned at a Christian bookstore in the Omaha area. The library door creaked open. Footsteps approached. The elderly librarian glanced up as a man dressed in a hooded midnight-black cloak … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Spiritual Distancing?
    by ptjht on March 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Spiritual Distancing? The world is shut down to save us from a terrible disease. and we are told to distance ourselves from each other. Some may even distance themselves from God believing it is His fault. I do not believe that God has caused this covid-19 virus to harm others or to punish sin. Yet, […]

  • Unsettled Times
    by Sylvia Schroeder on March 20, 2020 at 1:43 am

    I don’t know about you, momma, daddy, grandmama, and granddad, but the last few weeks have fogged my brain and tattered my thinking. If today could be superimposed like tracing paper over the outline of one week ago, we would all stare and wonder what happened to life as we knew it.  If we put […] The post Unsettled Times appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Episode 20—Barb Raveling: Separating Truth from Lies
    by Teresa Shields Parker on March 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    This week on the podcast, I’m chatting with Barb Raveling all the way from Montana. We visit a lot of topics during our conversation, but the thing Barb is well known for is the concept of truth journaling. She teaches this as well as uses it to help people who want to lose weight renew their mind with truth instead of lies. She began using truth journaling as a way to help her get rid of anger, frustration and annoyance. It is a way to help us see what lies we believe and replace those lies with the truth. “After I was successful with overcoming annoyance,” she said, “I began to use truth journaling to gain control over my weight.The post Episode 20—Barb Raveling: Separating Truth from Lies appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • God’s Prescription for Healing
    by Sally Jadlow on March 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

    In Numbers 21:5-9 we have an interesting story. The Israelites were complaining about being in the desert with no water and only having manna to eat. The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people. The bites turned out to be lethal. The people came to Moses confessing the sin of complaining against God and their leader, Moses. They asked Moses to intercede in prayer for them for God to remove the snakes. God answered telling Moses to make a bronze... Read More Read Mor […]

  • When Writing Becomes a Hope-filled Surprise
    by RJ Thesman on March 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    In our world of virus warnings and political mayhem, it’s nice when life offers a surprise. A few months ago, my creative brain noodled with an idea. What about writing another Christmas book, but not one related to Alzheimers or … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Extended Hibernation: Creating a Calm Quarantine
    by Eryn Lynum on March 16, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Two months ago, my family turned down the lights. We lit candles, gathered books, steeped tea, and canceled regular activities. We hunkered down. We had no idea, as we stepped into our annual family hibernation – which we set aside two weeks for every year – that in two months we would be embracing an extended season of hibernation. […]

  • We Will Get Through This
    by SuZan Klassen on March 15, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    A voice called in the wilderness of Costco’s shopping carts: “Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your organization. We will get through this.” She directed everyone into organized lines. The woman’s voice and leadership helped calm what could have been an ugly situation. Through her persistent authoritative direction the line of customers moved … More We Will Get Through This […]

  • National Day Of Prayer: How to Pray Over the Impact of COVID-19
    by Eryn Lynum on March 15, 2020 at 5:02 am

    Sunday, March 15 has been declared a National Day of Prayer in light of the impact of Covid-19. Let’s pray together. Dear Lord, May our families be strengthened in this time. With more time together at home, may we strengthen our communication. May we laugh together, pray together, and play together. Protect those working in […]

  • But What if God Doesn’t Do What I Ask?
    by Sylvia Schroeder on March 12, 2020 at 3:22 am

    How is your, “But even if He does not” faith? My husband, Phil, and I have been reading some of those New Testament verses that beg childlike faith. Verses like, “if you ask me anything in my name, I will do it,” John 14:14 (ESV) and “so that whatever you ask the Father in my […] The post But What if God Doesn’t Do What I Ask? appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Fear is the virus we choose
    by Eryn Lynum on March 11, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Beneath this virus, there is a far more deadly epidemic spreading. It is the disease that’s reached me long before news of this virus. It is the one that has plagued me my entire life. It is the one that presents symptoms at any uncertainty. […]