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.
More Than Skin Deep—Creating Characters Who Resonate with Readers
with Sarah Sandin
Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. Zoom Meeting
Members and non-members welcome to attend. As normal, dues are $3 for members or $5 for non-members. You can pay via paypal (HACWN@earthlink.net) or send a check (3706 NE Shady Lane Dr. Gladstone, MO 64119) and we’ll send you the link to the zoom room.
(If something happens technologically and you are not able to access the meeting, your dues will be returned. As always, if financial hardships keep you from paying membership or meeting dues, let us know).
Looking forward to learning with you!
Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members
Episode 41-Dealing With the Root of Anger (Dan and Susan Young)
by Teresa Shields Parker on August 12, 2020 at 8:00 am
If you or someone you love have issues you haven’t seemed to be able to get a handle on, even with traditional counseling, this podcast will help. If you have unresolved anger issues, this is a must listen. Dealing with the root of any issue will get us there faster than anything else. God loves to reveal the source of our anger and help us deal with it. The root has likely blocked the truth of who God is and how much He loves us and is available to guide us.The post Episode 41-Dealing With the Root of Anger (Dan and Susan Young) appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Is God Absent When He is Silent?
by Sylvia Schroeder on August 11, 2020 at 1:53 pm
Our middle daughter was about the sneakiest two-year-old imaginable. Quiet, sweet and oh so cunning. But the one sneak I never got used to was the tip-toe out of bed escape. Because she did it so quietly. So unexpectedly. So good. I would round a corner and there she’d stand like a flat Heidi against […] The post Is God Absent When He is Silent? appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Hope for Future Shopping Trips
by RJ Thesman on August 11, 2020 at 10:00 am
I miss shopping. Not the online click-and-buy all of us are subject to during this time of Covid-19. What I miss is the entire experience of shopping. Oh, I know — most places are open. But I don’t want to … Continue reading &rarr […]
A Different Birthday Cake
by Sally Jadlow on August 11, 2020 at 8:15 am
Two of my granddaughters are born on the same date, two years apart. This year I decided to bake them a huge cupcake for their birthday. Rather than make my traditional chocolate cake I decided to make a carrot cake instead. Rather than grate the carrots, I put them in my new Insta Ace blender (Pictured here.) Wow! In only two pulses I had two cups of chopped carrots. I pulled out a can of pineapple. The recipe called for... Read More Read Mor […]
Dentist During COVID-19
by SuZan Klassen on August 10, 2020 at 4:52 pm
When do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? Or, when do the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many? It seems to me we’ve been engaged in a nationwide experiment juxtaposing these two questions. Some of the decisions made for our protection do not seem much like … More Dentist During COVID-19 […]
What do Books and Boats Have in Common?
by catherineulrichbrakefield on August 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Let’s get back to giving thanks and worshiping God! Enjoy a spirit-filled time by the lake Sunday, August 9th at Lakepoint Church located at 1550 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI. Plenty of room for social… Mor […]
A Suitcase Full of Research
by janemtucker.com on August 7, 2020 at 10:55 am
Two ancient cardboard suitcases make the point that historical research is all about the details. […]
Episode 40-67 and Counting
by Teresa Shields Parker on August 5, 2020 at 1:20 am
It’s my 67th birthday. It scares, frustrates and excites me all at the same time. Every year on my birthday I like to think about what the past year has been like and what I’ve accomplished. What do you want your life to look like in five years? What will you be doing in five years? What goals will you have accomplished in five years? I share those on this podcast. Now share yours with me.The post Episode 40-67 and Counting appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
5 Ways to Inspire Your Child in Bible + Nature Journaling
by Eryn Lynum on August 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm
As our children start to see nature as the theology it is, they'll begin “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.&rdquo […]
Hope Begins in the Mind
by RJ Thesman on August 4, 2020 at 10:13 am
We are a combination of body, mind, soul and spirit. As such, we are intertwined into a complex mixture with one aspect affecting the others. It’s easy to focus on our bodies, especially when something goes wrong and we’re in … Continue reading &rarr […]
by Sally Jadlow on August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am
Have you heard of the day of prayer that is planned for September 26? It’s called “The Return.” People from all over the nation plan to gather on the Mall in Washington D.C. Since that might not be a wise thing to do in these uncertain times of Covid, they are also going to broadcast the day for people to gather in their homes to join together in seeking God for our nation and world. This particular date is... Read More Read Mor […]
The Common Good of History
by catherineulrichbrakefield on July 31, 2020 at 7:20 pm
The Common Good of History Since the Declaration of Independence formation in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, many modern-day Americans take for granted the history that our founding fathers gave to future generations. “We have… Mor […]
Episode 39-The Cost of Unhealthy Foods
by Teresa Shields Parker on July 29, 2020 at 3:48 am
I’ve been asked about the cost of eating healthy versus unhealthy a lot. I know we really think healthy food is more expensive, but I’ve found eating unhealthy is even more expensive because when we are eating everything in sight we are eating more and that cost continues to skyrocket. If you are eating a bag of chips a day and drinking two to three two-liter sodas or diet sodas a day plus a bag of cookies and whatever “meals” you eat, buying frozen chicken breasts to grill and the fixings for salad is a lot less expensive.The post Episode 39-The Cost of Unhealthy Foods appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
Questions about Running the Race
by Judith Vander Wege on July 29, 2020 at 3:40 am
In 2016, my devotional titled “Running the Race,” published in The Upper Room, prompted an interesting discussion. I am reprinting it here. A reader asked many questions to clarify what I believed. I answered: Thank you, Elias, for commenting on my … Continued […]
Home Is A Lot More Than What Fits In A Truck
by Sylvia Schroeder on July 28, 2020 at 11:00 pm
There’s a U-haul behind us. I will be home someday, and when I am, the U-haul’s not coming. We’ve been planning this move for a long time, still I feel like it snuck up on me. The details of up-nesting are upsetting, bordering pure torture and filled with absolute mayhem. “Where’s the permit? I put […] The post Home Is A Lot More Than What Fits In A Truck appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Hope Searches for a Symbol of Healing
by RJ Thesman on July 28, 2020 at 9:32 am
As Covid-19 marches on, how can we stay in hope? Somehow the platitude of “We’re all in this together” sounds hollow. I need something more. This week, I focused on an Old Testament story where the community faced a plague … Continue reading &rarr […]
My Smoothie Recipe
by Sally Jadlow on July 28, 2020 at 9:00 am
From the blog last week someone asked for the recipe of my breakfast smoothie. Here it is: 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1 peach or avocado or other fruit of your choice 1 to 2 tablespoon cinnamon 1 scoop Trader Joe’s protein powder for women (shown in the picture) 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon honey a small handful of ice Blend all ingredients together and enjoy. My books are available at: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/books […]
Episode 38-Grace Changed My World
by Teresa Shields Parker on July 22, 2020 at 3:31 am
For at least 50 years I thought grace was just something that happened at salvation. If it is only that, it would be enough in and of itself. However, it’s even more awesome than that.The post Episode 38-Grace Changed My World appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]
How to be Ready Before it Takes Place
by Sylvia Schroeder on July 21, 2020 at 10:48 pm
Sometimes I just want to see to the other side before I get there. I confess to reading the last page of a book to calm my nerves in the middle, or wanting to know the end of a movie before I watch it. I would like to know tomorrow’s outcome for what I am […] The post How to be Ready Before it Takes Place appeared first on When the House is Quiet. […]
Grace Changed My World
by Teresa Shields Parker on July 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm
Grace is this multi-faceted aspect of God that defines His nature and underlies everything He is and does. It is the engine that drives His purpose here on earth to help us move at Grace Speed. For at least 50 years I thought grace was just something that happened at salvation. If it is only […]The post Grace Changed My World appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]