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.

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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.

Writing Great Devotionals

Facilitator: Ardythe Kolb

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)

       The market for devotionals is huge and might provide the break-through you need to get published. If you already have multiple publications under your belt and don’t really want to write devotionals, you might be surprised at what they can do. Any Christian writer can benefit from writing devotionals; it forces us to use concise, powerful sentences with no wasted words. Because devotionals are short, many people think they’re easy. Wrong. The ability to turn a few hundred words into a message that will touch a reader’s heart takes effort, skill, and probably a few rejection letters.

Ardythe Kolb has written hundreds of devotionals for multiple publications. At the July HACWN meeting she will explain the basics of writing devotionals, give tips on what editors look for, and share some secrets about how to get your foot in the door. She will also let you know some of the publishers that accept freelance work.

Besides devotionals, Ardythe has written four books, many articles, and edits the HACWN monthly newsletter. She joined HACWN fifteen years ago with little to offer except a teachable mind and a desire to write. The meetings, annual conferences, and relationships with other writers continue to spur her on to improve her writing.

Even if you already write poetry, Sally’s expertise can reveal features you might not

be aware of. Join us for an evening of learning and fellowship.

Recent Blog Publications From HACWN Pro Members

  • Hope Fills in the Gaps
    by RJ Thesman on June 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Stuck. Between the third and fourth chapter of the gazillionth revision of my novel. Somewhere a segue exists but currently – I can’t find it. I know it will come – somewhere over the rainbow. But the frustration of the … Continue reading → […]

  • The Big Surprise in Bartlesville
    by janemtucker.com on June 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    When my sister-in-law and I set out to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and the Magnolia Silos, we gave ourselves plenty of time for side trips and surprises. One of our favorite surprises happened right away. On the first night of our trip we stayed at the Homewood Suites in downtown Bartlesville. When the hotel [… […]

  • GAZPACHO SOUP
    by Sally Jadlow on June 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    One of the things I love about summer is fresh veggies. This is a great way to cool off on a hot day.   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups V-8 juice, divided 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 chicken bouillon cube 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 3 dashes hot pepper sauce 1 ripe tomato, peeled and cubed 1 cup diced peeled cucumber 1/4 cup green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares 1/4 medium onion,... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Ark Encounter
    by SuZan Klassen on June 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    We followed the steady stream of cars into the parking lot on a rainy morning. Our attention focused on the size of the Ark Encounter’s version of Noah’s Ark. It grew larger as we drew nearer. Inside the exhibit, the Ark Encounter kept our attention with their interpretation of how all the animals were housed … More Ark Encounter […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Silos
    by janemtucker.com on June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The Magnolia Market and Silos in Waco TX was the other essential stop on our Road Trip. Magnolia is the brainchild of Joanna and Chip Gaines, who star in Fixer Upper, HGTV’s hit remodeling show. My favorite part of the show is the affectionate banter between husband and wife, while Becca appreciates Joanna’s design aesthetic: a [… […]

  • Everything I Know About Motherhood, Today.
    by Eryn Lynum on June 23, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I know that motherhood is the hardest thing I have ever done. And one of the most rewarding, always. I know that I never knew that I could fear so deeply, or love so fiercely. […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Merc
    by janemtucker.com on June 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The PW Mercantile in Pawhuska Oklahoma is one of the hot destinations of 2017. Learn from my experience at the Merc. […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Plan
    by janemtucker.com on June 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

      “Let’s plan a trip,” my sister-in-law said in January. She wasn’t picky about where. She just wanted to go on the road. January can do that to a person. We explored a few destinations from my bucket list: Savannah, Georgia; Macinac Island, Michigan; Santa Fe, New Mexico. Every idea presented the same problem: Getting [… […]

  • Hope Seeks a Vision
    by RJ Thesman on June 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Several years ago, I started a vision journal. Some writers use a vision board to piece together plots for a novel or goals for the year. I prefer a journal. In my journal, I write about my visions for the … Continue reading → […]

  • Life in Ottawa, KS
    by Sally Jadlow on June 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    While Uncle Sam shipped Dad to France and then Germany during WW II, Mom and I stayed in Ottawa, Kansas. Here we are in front of our home at 212 W. 5th. The house still stands today. Mom managed a clothing store there. She hired a sitter, Leota, who was probably in her late 50s at the time. She’d never married. Usually Leota took care of elderly people. I proved to be quite a handful for this dear lady who... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Who Can You Help Heal?
    by Zeta Combs Davidson on June 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Ten first graders looked at the middle schooler lying on the carpet near the center of circled chairs. “Please put each of the colored stickers you hold on Cooper  to show where he might have injuries.” Within a few minutes, he had one-inch dots on his arms, legs, back, head, and feet. You may be anticipating that last week’s Bible … Continue reading → […]

  • The Bahamas
    by SuZan Klassen on June 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    What’s your idea of a dream vacation? Is it laying on a beach somewhere warm with clear blue water lapping the sand? If so, then the Bahamas may be the place for you. The Bahamas truly do qualify for the list of most beautiful places on earth. Caribbean blue water stretched for miles in all … More The Bahamas […]

  • Father’s Day Praise
    by Judith Vander Wege on June 18, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Father’s Day is a day to express gratitude. Father’s Day was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Finally, in 1972, it became a national holiday. My father died in 1992 and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to be … Continued […]

  • “…Catherine has Captured the Determined Nature of the Irish…”
    by catherineulrichbrakefield on June 16, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Booksigning:   June 24 at 1 to 5 p.m. at Discount Bible Book and Music Store, 26756 Dequindre Rd. in Warren, Michigan    “Catherine has captured the determined nature of the Irish, their perseverance amid extreme difficulties…” writes Cindy Ervin Huff, winner of the Editor’s Choice Award for Secrets and Charades. “Swept into Destiny is a [… […]

  • Ambassadors for Christ
    by Judith Vander Wege on June 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf … Continued […]

  • Hope Fills in the Gaps
    by RJ Thesman on June 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Stuck. Between the third and fourth chapter of the gazillionth revision of my novel. Somewhere a segue exists but currently – I can’t find it. I know it will come – somewhere over the rainbow. But the frustration of the … Continue reading → […]

  • The Big Surprise in Bartlesville
    by janemtucker.com on June 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    When my sister-in-law and I set out to visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and the Magnolia Silos, we gave ourselves plenty of time for side trips and surprises. One of our favorite surprises happened right away. On the first night of our trip we stayed at the Homewood Suites in downtown Bartlesville. When the hotel [… […]

  • GAZPACHO SOUP
    by Sally Jadlow on June 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    One of the things I love about summer is fresh veggies. This is a great way to cool off on a hot day.   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups V-8 juice, divided 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 chicken bouillon cube 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 3 dashes hot pepper sauce 1 ripe tomato, peeled and cubed 1 cup diced peeled cucumber 1/4 cup green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares 1/4 medium onion,... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Ark Encounter
    by SuZan Klassen on June 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    We followed the steady stream of cars into the parking lot on a rainy morning. Our attention focused on the size of the Ark Encounter’s version of Noah’s Ark. It grew larger as we drew nearer. Inside the exhibit, the Ark Encounter kept our attention with their interpretation of how all the animals were housed … More Ark Encounter […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Silos
    by janemtucker.com on June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The Magnolia Market and Silos in Waco TX was the other essential stop on our Road Trip. Magnolia is the brainchild of Joanna and Chip Gaines, who star in Fixer Upper, HGTV’s hit remodeling show. My favorite part of the show is the affectionate banter between husband and wife, while Becca appreciates Joanna’s design aesthetic: a [… […]

  • Everything I Know About Motherhood, Today.
    by Eryn Lynum on June 23, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I know that motherhood is the hardest thing I have ever done. And one of the most rewarding, always. I know that I never knew that I could fear so deeply, or love so fiercely. […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Merc
    by janemtucker.com on June 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The PW Mercantile in Pawhuska Oklahoma is one of the hot destinations of 2017. Learn from my experience at the Merc. […]

  • Road Trip 2017: The Plan
    by janemtucker.com on June 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

      “Let’s plan a trip,” my sister-in-law said in January. She wasn’t picky about where. She just wanted to go on the road. January can do that to a person. We explored a few destinations from my bucket list: Savannah, Georgia; Macinac Island, Michigan; Santa Fe, New Mexico. Every idea presented the same problem: Getting [… […]

  • Hope Seeks a Vision
    by RJ Thesman on June 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Several years ago, I started a vision journal. Some writers use a vision board to piece together plots for a novel or goals for the year. I prefer a journal. In my journal, I write about my visions for the … Continue reading → […]

  • Life in Ottawa, KS
    by Sally Jadlow on June 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    While Uncle Sam shipped Dad to France and then Germany during WW II, Mom and I stayed in Ottawa, Kansas. Here we are in front of our home at 212 W. 5th. The house still stands today. Mom managed a clothing store there. She hired a sitter, Leota, who was probably in her late 50s at the time. She’d never married. Usually Leota took care of elderly people. I proved to be quite a handful for this dear lady who... Read More Read Mor […]

  • Who Can You Help Heal?
    by Zeta Combs Davidson on June 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Ten first graders looked at the middle schooler lying on the carpet near the center of circled chairs. “Please put each of the colored stickers you hold on Cooper  to show where he might have injuries.” Within a few minutes, he had one-inch dots on his arms, legs, back, head, and feet. You may be anticipating that last week’s Bible … Continue reading → […]

  • The Bahamas
    by SuZan Klassen on June 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    What’s your idea of a dream vacation? Is it laying on a beach somewhere warm with clear blue water lapping the sand? If so, then the Bahamas may be the place for you. The Bahamas truly do qualify for the list of most beautiful places on earth. Caribbean blue water stretched for miles in all … More The Bahamas […]

  • Father’s Day Praise
    by Judith Vander Wege on June 18, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Father’s Day is a day to express gratitude. Father’s Day was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Finally, in 1972, it became a national holiday. My father died in 1992 and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to be … Continued […]

  • “…Catherine has Captured the Determined Nature of the Irish…”
    by catherineulrichbrakefield on June 16, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Booksigning:   June 24 at 1 to 5 p.m. at Discount Bible Book and Music Store, 26756 Dequindre Rd. in Warren, Michigan    “Catherine has captured the determined nature of the Irish, their perseverance amid extreme difficulties…” writes Cindy Ervin Huff, winner of the Editor’s Choice Award for Secrets and Charades. “Swept into Destiny is a [… […]

  • Ambassadors for Christ
    by Judith Vander Wege on June 16, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf … Continued […]

  • Overcoming Fear
    by ptjht on June 15, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I love to write deeply. By doing so I learn about myself. Yesterday, I was writing when I chanced upon things that I had written down from my inner searching to discover motives and characterization for my novel. I ran across a question I had asked of myself, but I have yet to answer. I [… […]

  • Hope Honors Loss
    by RJ Thesman on June 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    For several years, I have wanted to do this one special thing. Finally this year, I accomplished it. This feat was not a joyous bucket list fulfillment but rather a moment to honor loss. On Memorial Day, I clipped a … Continue reading → […]

  • Huckleberry Days
    by SuZan Klassen on June 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Do you want to make memories that will last a lifetime? If so, then start a tradition of Huckleberry Days with your kids or grandkids this summer. Huckleberry Days are named for the famed character from Mark Twain’s book: Huckleberry Finn. I learned the basic idea for this over twenty years ago. The company that … More Huckleberry Days […]

  • How To Reach Your God-Given Dream
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    God has amazing dreams for us, but many of us live our whole lives not coming close to reaching those. As I think about this, I see we fall into three categories: Those who are just afraid to dream. Those who understand their dreams but they seem unreachable. Those who reach their dreams. I have […] The post How To Reach Your God-Given Dream appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]

  • Stay In Your Lane
    by Teresa Shields Parker on June 7, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I was just running in the swim lanes at the indoor recreation pool like I usually do every morning. There were several other lanes open so I wasn’t too concerned when a man and woman came and began swimming in the lane adjacent to me. Most of the time two, not three, people share the […] The post Stay In Your Lane appeared first on Teresa Shields Parker. […]