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.

Editing to Rise to the Top  

with Heather Beers

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Would you pour hot coffee into a wax-covered paper cup? Or would you try to cram a 16-ounce chai latte into a 3-ounce demitasse? Not if you want to avoid a lawsuit.

And neither do prospective editors want you flinging your stories and articles and essays at them in any old shape. Learn to edit your writing so it rises to the top like foam on a pumpkin spice latte and fits into the appropriate container.

Come to the August 8 meeting of Heart of America Christian Writers Network to learn how to rid your writing of weasel words, how to punch up your prose with active voice, how to say what you mean, and how to format your writing before sending it off. You know – editing!

Heather Trent Beers has been editing for 13 years and has been published in several magazines such as Focus on the Family, Disney’s FamilyFun, several local Kansas City lifestyle magazines, Highlights High Five. One of her stories is included in the recent Guideposts compilation Miracles Do Happen, and she currently has a nonfiction picture book under contract. She and her husband live on a 15-acre farm, and she has three chickens and one indoor cat. You can follow her chickens’ shenanigans when you look for #CopperChickenFarm on Facebook.

Everyone is welcome to this event. $3 dues for members; $5 for those who are not HACWN members.

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  • Without Apologies
    by Sylvia Schroeder on July 10, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I stood before my mini-version. Blonde hair curled at the shoulders, bright blue eyes sparkled, and a pleased smile lighted her face. Behind her on the wall splashed brilliant colors in what undoubtedly could hang as a Picasso in an art gallery, but instead it splashed all over my living room wall. She was that […] The post Without Apologies appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]

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  • Is Hope Really Possible?
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  • Basil Pesto Recipe
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    I look forward to this time of the year when you can go out and pick some basil for a yummy meal. This is delicious smeared on french bread slices also. Since pine nuts are so expensive I sometimes substitute sunflower seeds.   Basil Pesto Hands-on Time 10 Mins Total Time 10 Mins Yield Makes 2 cups June 2011 RECIPE BY SOUTHERN LIVING Use this pesto recipes to stir some summertime goodness into hot cooked pasta, rice, or grits for a... Read More Read Mor […]

  • July 4, 2019
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  • Just A Little Sugar?
    by Teresa Shields Parker on July 4, 2019 at 3:52 am

    “If I gave up sugar, I wouldn’t have anything to eat.” As I looked at the woman speaking to me, the truth of what she said was obvious. “Besides just a little sugar never hurt anyone.” She was blind to what it was doing to her. She wore it on her body like very heavy […]The post Just A Little Sugar? appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Old Glory
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  • Hope in the Painting
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  • Radon Gas
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  • Strength For the Journey
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    by Sally Jadlow on June 25, 2019 at 8:14 am

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  • Weddings
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