As Christians who write, we meet together to promote unity and fellowship, to encourage one another and to develop our skills as writers. We are a chapter of American Christian Writers, a national organization.

We meet at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 1 block south of Patterson Avenue at 8701 Ridge Road, Richmond, VA 23229 in Room 211.

We typically meet on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us!

Click HERE for directions.


Saturday, December 30, 2006

Local Writing Opportunity

Dear Christians Who Wirte:

I recently received the following writing op. Karen will be speaking to our group in January, but you might want to keep this in mind. She is interested in hearing your article ideas and will consider suggestions for periodic columns. Although these are non-paying opportunities, you can get your name before thousands of local readers. Your profit is building name recognition.




I'm the owner/developer of a new faith-based website in Richmond - SpotlightRichmond.com. We have a Faith & Values section on the site. We currently have an article on there by Stacy Hawkins Adams. Other Christian writers have submitted stories. We would welcome stories, poems, etc. from your members.

We officially launched at the end of September - had 92,000 hits in October. In early January, we are going to announce a Random Acts of Kindness Contest. National RAK week is Feb. 12-18. The idea is to localize that event - encouraging people to commit 3 RAK that week - pay it forward - we'll list everyone involved, share stories, give away lots of prizes - and compile a book of stories - which will be sold with 100% of proceeds going back into the community through charitable projects. Would welcome help with the book portion of this project especially.

Karen Hannon

Guideposts Books Looking for Stories

I'm trying to find writers who can submit clean, first-person stories of
miracles, large and small, for consideration in a book series we are currently publishing called When Miracles Happen. So far we have books on healing, God's care, prayer, and children. Future volumes already in the works are Miracles and Rescues, Miracles of Renewal, Miracles Everyday, Miracles and Mysterious Visitors, Miracles at Christmas and more.

When Miracles Happen Book Series
Series Editor

I'd be happy to answer any questions, and very much appreciate your help and

David Morris, Senior Editor
Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media
16 E. 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
ph: 212.251.8137, fax: 212.684.6089

Judi Reid, Marti Berger on Marble Moving

Dear Tom,

Isn't it wonderful when your writer's move marbles? I'm excited for Mary. And just a few minutes ago, I submitted my poem online, too, to Writer's Digest Poetry Contest. Wouldn't it be wonderful if one or both of us won? I hope some other poets submit their pieces from our group. It's a real thrill to follow through and at least try:) Thanks for the encouragement-all year long!


In Christ,

Judi Reid:)


Congratulations Tom,

I'm so happy for you!

I have not lost my marbles, I just over committed myself this year and my marbles have come to a halt for the last month.

I do intend to get them moving again and I won't give up until I receive a publish for pay and when that day comes I'll still continue to move marbles. God Bless you, Tom for all your encouragement; I wouldn't have gotten this far without your help.

Have a wonderful Christ centered Christmas!

See you in the New Year.

In Christ Love,


Nancy Stevens Meets Goal as Marble Mover


I have waited for the LONGEST time to be able to toot my horn, BUT now I am happy to say, I DID IT! PRAISE GOD! A local web developer hired me as a contractor and put me on his Advisory Board. What a great writing credit.

Part of my duties will be to create web content for his clients and make modifications to existing sites. Thanks to you and Yvonne for encouraging me to write and move marbles. I was published on the web today - meeting my goal of being published before 12-31-06. PRAISE GOD! It only took 45 years for me to get here. HAHA!

God Bless you all and trust me - if I can do it - ANYONE can!

Nancy Louise Stevens

Writer and Speaker

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and pleasant to the bones. Pr 16:24 NIV

Tom's Tardy Toot

Dear Christians Who Write:

At our November meeting I shared that my testimony, "A Worthwhile Life", was published in the book, His Forever: Stories of Real People Finding Christ. I got my copy just prior to our November meeting, but I didn't tell everyone.

I entered a contest sponsored by Adams Media in December 2005. I found out last March I'd made the first cut, and in August I was informed the book would be published in November. After getting my complimentary copy of the book I got my $50.00 check. PTL. But I couldn't have done it without you!

An RCWW group critiqued my testimony. Tammy Belcher took a special interest in my project and gave further detailed critiquing and editing. The editor at Adams Media made several changes in the arrangement, but little editing of content. Thanks to Tammy and all that contributed to my getting this piece published. I pray my testimony will touch and change lives.

My appeal to you who are submitting and not getting published is that in the writing business no one does it alone. We need each other. And as we enter 2007 I am going to push (in love) for more critique groups and to expand our Marble Mover program. Congratulations to those Marble Movers who did get published for pay in 2006.

Pray for me as I pray for you.

In His Service,


Shenandoah Christian Writers Discuss Why We Write

This list came thanks to Kay Walsh of Shenandoah Christian Writers:

Reasons We Write

* It is a gift from God

* Relief from stress

* Words are my art and melody

* I enjoy it

* Without it, I feel empty

* To give hope to others

* It is a record and/or witness to my life

* Helps me see how God is at work in my life

* I have something worthwhile to say

* It's fun!

* Helps to prepare me to speak

* To share information

* It is a discipline

* I aspire to use the gift God has given

* To impact the lives of others

* To work through things

* I have stories to tell

* I like coming to the Shenandoah Writer's group so I have to write ;-)

Quote from Jen F.: "If you read what you want to write, you will write what people want to read."

Quote from Richard E.: "Your will, your words, my voice."

Quote from Donna S.: "When I read your article it was like eating desert."

(Quotes may not be exact, but pretty close ;-)

So have a Happy Reading and Writing New Year!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Writing Op: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

The popular Chicken Soup for the Soul is calling for submissions to possible upcoming titles. Visit the main site for details and click on "Submit a Story" for more information. Accepted submissions receive payment. Download the following guidelines for further information as well.