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.

A Season for Writing

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

It’s a new year and January is a great time to consider your writing direction. But how do you decide on the goals you want to accomplish before December 31? Our January 10 HACWN meeting features an interactive workshop presented by Author and Writing Coach, RJ Thesman. With reflective questions to consider and action steps to get you started, you’ll receive a list of tools you can depend on for a successful new year. Learn about your zones of creativity and the micro steps necessary to move in a forward direction. As Elizabeth Gilbert writes, “Miraculous turns of fate can happen to those who persist in showing up.”

RJ Thesman is a Certified Writing Coach, author of 11 books and 800+ articles. She is a contributing writer for Crosswalk.com, a bimonthly columnist for Johnson’s County Gazette, and a weekly blogger where she currently writes a Hope Series. Connect with Thesman at: https://RJThesman.net, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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

  • He disappeared from right in front of me
    by Eryn Lynum on January 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Panic rose like a torrent in my chest. My three-year-old son was nowhere in sight. My eyes shot wildly back and forth. Do I go search the playground, or run straight to the river? […]

  • Forgetful Followers
    by Elaine McAllister on January 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Wilderness Wanderers Over and over again it was repeated. Different circumstances. Different outcomes. But the pattern was evident as the Israelites and Moses wandered in the wilderness together. And, it still is today. The Israelites had been held captive for far too long when God tapped the shoulder of Moses, the most unwilling leader imaginable. […] The post Forgetful Followers appeared first on Elaine McAllister. […]

  • There is Always Hope
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 19, 2019 at 1:56 am

    The hospital room where my twenty-six-year-old daughter lay against snowy sheets grew quiet as a tomb. Her husband sat next to her. He leaned his back against the wall, holding her hand, which was covered with bandages. Tubes pulled at her pale skin. His thumb caressed her palm back and forth, back and forth. Each […] The post There is Always Hope appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Saying, “No” To Sugar
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 17, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    “A major light bulb went on,” one of the members of my coaching group said. My words about saying, “No” to sugar finally made sense when she heard it in a different way. Spiritual Battle One thing I’ve learned in coaching is that I need to talk about the same pivotal concept over and over […] The post Saying, “No” To Sugar appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • God Wants our Hearts # 52
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    #52 for Jan. 17, 2019 ­Something was wrong with the religion of God’s people:. “Declare to my people their rebellion...they seem eager to know my ways...eager for God to come near them,” (Isa.58:1-2) yet they weren't obeying God but rather … Continued […]

  • Caterpillars, Bulbs and Me
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Caterpillars and bulbs have something in common with me. They are examples of transformation. A transformation by definition means a thorough or substantial change is form or appearance. That has definitely happened to me. Plant an ugly old bulb in the fall and by spring you will have a beautiful tulip, that is if it’s […] The post Caterpillars, Bulbs and Me appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Words of Hope
    by RJ Thesman on January 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Are you beginning this new year the usual way – reviewing the past and considering your direction for the future? For my 2019, I have set goals to complete three nonfiction books, begin a Coaching group and continue working on … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Restoration to Joy #51
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    #51 for January 15, 2019 When I turned to God with a contrite heart and asked for forgiveness, God invited me to come and drink of the River of Life. “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters,” (Isaiah 55:1-2). … Continued […]

  • Rocks or Sand?
    by Sally Jadlow on January 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

    At the end of December a phrase kept coming to mind; “And great was the fall.” I knew this to be scripture so I hunted it down. It’s found in Matthew 7:21-27. Jesus is talking about a person who builds his house on the sand. This person hears the sayings of Jesus but doesn’t DO what He says. These people will hear Him say, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.” They build their lives and play by their own... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Will You Trust or Resist God’s Love? #50
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    #50 for January 10, 2019 The Bible says all people are welcome to bind themselves to the Lord, to obey God’s commands and choose what delights him. (Isaiah 56:3). Isaiah warned the leaders of his time that if they continued … Continued […]

  • Make it Right #49 for Jan. 8th, 2019
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    On December 18th, I last presented a post in the series from my book, Rescued by Mercy (now called God Rescues From Our Messes). I now resume that series with Post #49 for January 8, 2019. If you are like … Continued […]

  • Hope as Time Passes
    by RJ Thesman on January 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    “The days are long but the years are short.” According to Google – that great know-it-all in cyberspace, Gretchen Rubin is the author of the above quote. It perfectly describes how it feels to jump into a new year. I … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Praise Sets the Stage
    by Sally Jadlow on January 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Our pastor, Jim West, challenged us to set aside the next thirty days to make a time every day to praise the Lord. He also encouraged us to journal the things God does in that time. When we praise the Lord our eyes are no longer on a problem or a puzzling situation–they are on our all-powerful God who changes things. We praise Him for who He is, and that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those... Read More Read Mor […]

  • For those of us looking back on a hard year
    by Eryn Lynum on January 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    We begin our goal setting practice by first looking back. I look forward to this list writing every December. That is why I cringed when he brought up a new idea for this year. […]

  • 6 Questions That Will Center your New Year 
    by Sylvia Schroeder on January 3, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    New makes me skittish.  While everyone else revels in the thought of a blank-slate New Year ahead, I’ve always anticipated a new beginning with a bit of fear and dread. When others see possibilities, I’m wondering what will go wrong? I know something is a little wonky in my thinking.  This morning I read Paul’s […] The post 6 Questions That Will Center your New Year  appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

  • Kiss the Face of God
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Guest post by Beverly Teeter December 27, 2018 | Reply| (Edit) This was the first Christmas after my husband of 39 years passed away in March, 2018. I was asked to share something at our Christmas service at church. God had been … Continued […]

  • Promises to Keep
    by Teresa Shields Parker on January 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    It’s a new year and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions. Most people are defeated the second they mention the word resolution. That’s because even before they begin to put feet to what they want to accomplish they are defeated by the fact they didn’t keep last year’s resolutions or the year before that or […] The post Promises to Keep appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • A Prayer for the New Year
    by Judith Vander Wege on January 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Out of archive for January 1, 2019 Empower My Words  posted in: poem, Prayer, Purpose |  2 Empower my words, gracious Father, that I may proclaim thy truth! You who spoke and it came to be, you whose Word came to live in me, Grant … Continued […]

  • Leftover Soup
    by Sally Jadlow on January 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Christmas is over, the guests have gone home, and we have a refrigerator full of odd bowls of leftovers. The weather has turned cold and rainy—a good day for soup. I pulled out those snippets and went to work. I took the bowl full of carrot and celery sticks from the relish tray, chopped them with some onions and leftover ham and threw them together in the skillet and added a little butter. While those things simmered, I added a... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Finding Hope in our Stuff
    by RJ Thesman on December 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Many of the people in my age demographic are downsizing. We refuse to buy more stuff. At the same time, we are looking through our current stuff and assessing how to best dispose of it. Yet I am finding a … Continue reading &rarr […]