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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?

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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.

Break Free of 5 Big Fears Caging Your Writer’s Heart

Facilitator: Sara Brunsvold

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

Am I really good enough? Do I have what it takes? Is this just a pipe dream? How do I possibly find time to do everything the “experts” are telling me I must do? What if I fail? Worse, what if I succeed? Then what?

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, you too understand what it means to be caged by fear. Your writer’s heart longs to be free, to press on despite the challenges, but courage is fleeting at best.

For far too long, fears held Sara Brunsvold back from pursuing her writing dream with vigor, confidence and courage. By using faith as the key, she discovered how to unlock her brave and finally fly free. She will share with you how to effectively fight five of the big fears writers battle.

Sara Brunsvold is an author, blogger and communications specialist. Her writing has appeared with the Kansas City Star, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Parent.Co, Her View from Home, Group Publishing and ACTA Publications, among others. She has published a Lou Gehrig biography with ACTA Sports, and she recently signed a contract with a literary agent for her first novel. Find her at www.sarabrunsvold.com.

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