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)
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 Panic of Going Below the Waves
by Sylvia Schroeder on February 27, 2020 at 2:58 am
What would it have been like to reach a hand to Jesus’ shoulder where he slept and shake him awake? We relate well to the waves of Mark 4 splashing into the boat, the wild winds and terrifying storm bigger and greater than our ability to bear. We understand that sinking feeling, and the panic […] The post The Panic of Going Below the Waves appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Episode 17 – Are You a People Pleaser?
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 26, 2020 at 7:00 am
People pleasers fall into the trap of thinking that they need to take care of others before taking care of themselves. This flows out of a well-meaning, but jaded way of looking at how we are to live the Christian life. The Great Commandment actually tells us to love and take care of our mental, emotional and physical self first so that we can love both God and others. We have to take care of our passions, our thoughts and our energy so we can love God with all that we are. Only then can we love others as we love ourselves.The post Episode 17 – Are You a People Pleaser? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope Finds an Unusual Holy Place
by RJ Thesman on February 25, 2020 at 10:00 am
During a trip to Fort Scott, Kansas, my friend Deb and I discovered a wonderful coffee shop. Our chai lattes tasted spicy yet mellow, while the missional atmosphere of the shop impressed us. Bookshelves were filled with classics and some … Continue reading &rarr […]
The Significance of Hyssop
by Sally Jadlow on February 25, 2020 at 9:15 am
Recently my attention was drawn to the significance of hyssop in the Bible. The first mention of it is in Exodus 12:22 when the Lord instructed Moses how to prepare for the Passover. He said: “You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the... Read More Read Mor […]
by SuZan Klassen on February 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm
A Carolina Wren faithfully visits our back porch everyday. At 7:00 this morning in the midst of cold drizzle, he found his favorite perch on our railing and sang his heart out: Cheery-cheery-cheery-cheery! I guess he didn’t hear last night’s forecast. Snow is predicted later today. Perhaps deep within his breast, instinct promises him spring … More Cheery Morning! […]
Follow the Rules for Goodness Sake
by Sylvia Schroeder on February 21, 2020 at 2:17 am
“No, no, no,” he said. He held his little hand like a stop sign. His voice raised a breathy octave. “Let’s not play it like that, let’s say if you want to move ahead on red, you can.” He nodded up and down, cocked his head to the side and put his pleading blue eyes […] The post Follow the Rules for Goodness Sake appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
What Is Your Relationship With Sugar?
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 20, 2020 at 1:03 am
Do you have a relationship with sugar? If so what kind of relationship do you have? I asked a coaching client that question several years ago and she told me she had a codependent relationship with sugar and carbs. She laughed when she said it. But it’s really not funny. Co-Dependent on Sugar The definition […]The post What Is Your Relationship With Sugar? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Me and Matt and the Volland Store
by janemtucker.com on February 19, 2020 at 10:49 am
The day was a convergence of ideal factors. Blue skies and temps in the 50s, rare for February, are almost unheard-of for a Saturday when I’ve got adventure on my mind. I called my son Matt at his K-State dorm and said, “I’ll be there in two hours. Let’s grab lunch and go searching for […]
Episode 16 – The Breakup
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 19, 2020 at 9:00 am
Do you feel like you'll die if you have to stop eating sugar? I had a co-dependent relationship. That means I had an excessive emotional and psychological reliance on my partner, which was sugar. It was this relationship that became an addiction.The post Episode 16 – The Breakup appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Hope for the Why Question
by RJ Thesman on February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
Ever since the patriarch Job lived his troubled life, we have been asking, “Why?” Actually, the question “Why?” was probably asked since the beginning of time. Perhaps Adam halted in his naming of the animals to ask, “Why, God? Why … Continue reading &rarr […]
The Corona Virus
by Sally Jadlow on February 18, 2020 at 8:34 am
There is a recent outbreak of the corona virus killing hundreds in China now. It is known as 2019-nCoV and is from a family of viruses that cause everything from the common cold to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.) The virus has little spikes (like the spikes of a crown) that hook cells so the virus can multiply. The word corona refers to the spikes of a crown. The insidiousness of this virus caused me to think of Revelation, chapter... Read More Read Mor […]
What I am not telling my children about the Bible
by Eryn Lynum on February 17, 2020 at 2:19 pm
It is the subject I am most eager and fearful to teach my children. The ramifications seem high if I screw it up. To begin, I determined what I would not tell them. […]
Free Burma Rangers
by SuZan Klassen on February 16, 2020 at 9:04 pm
How can a family bring hope to the front lines of a war zone? Free Burma Rangers is a new documentary film to show how one family does so. I don’t often tell you to see a movie, but I had to tell you about this one. To see why for yourself, you can skip … More Free Burma Rangers […]
What a Thorn Patch Teaches About Marriage
by Sylvia Schroeder on February 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
Anybody who grew up barefoot on a Kansas farm knows about stickers. A flat lying torture-in-waiting plant with seeds like tiny wooden barbs. They spread viciously, looking for tender skin to walk on them. Impossible to let fester, they took a lot of courage to pull out. I hated stickers growing up. Word had it […] The post What a Thorn Patch Teaches About Marriage appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Sugar Addiction and Cancer
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am
On Valentine’s Day more than half of the consumers in the United States will spend a total of $1.8 billion on one thing. Know what it is? It’s something I never buy any more for anyone and something no one ever buys for me any more because they know it goes straight to the trash. […]The post Sugar Addiction and Cancer appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
by Sylvia Schroeder on February 12, 2020 at 11:12 pm
After a string of long days, it had culminated into the perfect storm. My two-year-old, four-year-old, and seven-year-old each had the issues of a titanic about to sink. All at the same time. Temper, stubborn and bossy. I’d hit at least 80% of the never-would-I-ever-do-as-a-mother vows in one day. The control I should have had […] The post Looking Beyond appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Episode 15 – I Was a Rebel
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 12, 2020 at 9:00 am
When we don’t follow what God shows us to do, even if it is just in one area, we are a rebel. Of course I didn’t see myself that way. It would take some inner healing work to even find the lies I believed that were holding me back from trusting God completely.The post Episode 15 – I Was a Rebel appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
The Cure for Rebellion
by Teresa Shields Parker on February 12, 2020 at 2:15 am
I grew up in the 60’s and graduated high school in 1971. It was in the era of tie-died t-shirts, bell-bottom jeans, hippies, drugs, sex and rock and roll. Fortunately, it was also the rise of Jesus Freaks and the Jesus Movement. As the daughter of a preacher, I didn’t rebel to the extent I […]The post The Cure for Rebellion appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Finding Hope as We Sit Together
by RJ Thesman on February 11, 2020 at 10:00 am
Because we have busy schedules, we rarely see each other. This boy child who has become a man in such a short time — my only living child, my Caleb. Yet each time we are together, the emotional umbilical cord … Continue reading &rarr […]
God’s Secrets Revealed
by Sally Jadlow on February 11, 2020 at 8:14 am
As I read through the Bible in a year, I never cease to come across stuff that I swear God has slipped in when I wasn’t looking. It’s like He drops little hidden nuggets for us to find. This happened this past week. I’m up to Deuteronomy 19. In verses 16-19 I read: If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing, then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the Lord,... Read More Read Mor […]