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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.


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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Marble Mover Moves Ahead

Dear Christians Who Write:

Send a note of congratualtions to Becky Gray: rbanksgray@aol.com

Becky has helped me accomplish the first part of my goal, and now I have advanced my goal to helping all my Marble Movers to get published for pay this year. I'm looking for 10, but will take as many as want to be involved. Currently there are six participating in this project.

If you have never been published for pay, you can join my faithful group of Marble Movers who are getting very serious about their writing.

Tom

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Tom, please share this success with our fellow marble movers.

I am so humbled to share that my article, "High Tide," will be published by Standard Publishing in September 2007 in "When God Steps In: Stories of Everyday Grace", a compilation book of stories of God's intervention in our lives. Bonnie Bruno serves as the editor and has been a joy to work with. This honor does not come with a paycheck, however, it is a significant step for me toward my goal (and each of our goal) to be paid for my writing by the end of the year.

I could not have done this without you and my fellow marble movers. Cheryl, Ann, Laurie and Mary critiqued my article during our first meeting and made a difference I cannot even measure. Their feedback and prayers took my article to a new level of professionalism and inspiration.

I look forward to reading many more of these celebration emails from all of the marble movers. As you said recently, let's keep writing till Jesus comes again! Amen.

Becky

Link to Massive Number Contests

Thanks to Mary Moss for pointing this out:

http://www.proofpositive.com/contests/writecontests.php

Verbatim Editing (Paid Service)

I charge $40 per hour for my editing services. I have spoken to your group at least once and have offered to do it again if you are interested to know what an editor does, or if you'd like a truncated version of my three hour workshop on self publishing. I have lots of local folks who might recommend me. Typically, I read a ms three times in order to catch everything. I do not edit poetry. Hope this helps. I have no idea who the folks mentioned below are. Three years ago I started the Richmond chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. We now have about 50 members. You are all welcome to our monthly meetings. We meet on the third Wed evening at 6:30 pm at Westover Hills Public Library, about 7 blocks beyond the southern end of the Boulevard Bridge over the James River. Come join us. Charlie Finley


Charlie Finley (please do not send large attachments)
Verbatim Editing
1011 East Main St., Suite LL90
Richmond, VA 23219
804-648-0357 phone and fax
charfinley@mindspring.com

International War Veterans' Poetry Archives

International War Veterans' Poetry Archives accepts poetry about war, from any perspective, from veterans and non-veterans.

Tom Toots His Own Horn!

I received word that my 2000+ word personal testimony was accepted for the book, His Forever, to be published by Adams Media this December.

I want to say thanks to those who helped me critique my (awful) testimony during one of our regualr monthly meeting and put me on track.

I want to give special thanks to Tammy Belcher to worked my testimony over thoroughly.

I couldn't have done it without you.

Tom

Monday, July 17, 2006

Saturday, July 08, 2006

July Meeting Notice and Scholarship Contest

"Write the vision, and make it plain..." Hab. 2:2.

12114 Walnut Hill Drive
Rockville, Virginia 23146
Telephone: 804-749-4050
FAX 804-749-4939

E-mail: RichmondCWW@aol.com
Blog: http://rcww.blogspot.com

Rev. Thomas C. Lacy
Founder - President

Barbara Baranowski
Membership

Marie Corso
Advisor

Michael Rew
Blog Master

July 8, 2006

CONTEST: FREE SCHOLARSHIP to PHILADELPHIA WRITERS CONFERENCE
Details as the end of this meeting notice!

July Meeting

Our next meeting will be July 16th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. NOTE: Enter the church through the rear entrance closest to the Parham Road side of the building. Upon entering, look for the elevator on your left. Go to the 2nd floor. Turn right when getting off the elevator, go to the end of the hall, turn right, go to the first door on the left past the water cooler.

The July meeting will be a Q & A Session. A couple of weeks ago I asked you to send in some questions so we could be prepared to give you the best answers we can. Several of you responded. But we want to hear from more of you. The sooner you get me your questions the better that answers will be. Remember, there are no dumb questions; there are only unanswered questions.

Planning Committee Meeting Held June 17th

Over the past couple of years I've called on a few RCWW members for suggestions and to help me with planning programs and meetings. We met on June 17th. Barbara Baranowski hosted the meeting, and fed us a fine meal. Cheryl Black, Emily Corbin, Marie Corso, Martha Kalichman and I attended this very productive meeting. In fact, our July and September meeting formats were suggested as trials to see if they benefit the group. More on the September meeting immediately below.

Up Coming Meetings

As discussed in our planning committee meeting, we want to gear more meetings to meet the needs of our poets. It has been realized that it is difficult to critique poetry, but we can have more sessions teaching various aspects on the craft of poetry -- how to and how not to.

Sherry Maxwell will be teaching a session on poetry at our August meeting. Pray for her as she prepares for this vital session. You poets bring your poet friends.

Following the suggestion in our committee meeting, our September meeting will be a two session workshop. NOTE we will meet on the 2nd Sunday, the 10th, to take advantage of Louise DuMont being in town to visit her family. She has agreed to do two workshops that Sunday afternoon. We will dispense with the 4:00 to 5:00 critique session. Many of you have told me how inspirational and helpful she has been on her previous visits. We want to consider this format quarterly instead of holding an annual fall weekend conference as we have in the past.

Please come to our meetings so we can get your feedback. We are here to serve you and have programs that meet your needs.

We will not have a December meeting, but something else just might happen in December. Keep your eye on your e-mail in box or mail box.

2006 Meeting Schedule

August 20, September 10 (2nd Sunday), October 15, November 19.

Normal Monthly Meeting Schedule

2:00-2:15 Sign In and Fellowship
2:15 Opening Prayer
2:15-2:45 Introductions and Announcements
2:45-3:45 Speaker or Workshop
3:45-4:00 Refreshments and Fellowship
4:00-4:55 Critique (Bring 20 copies, typed, double spaced)
4:55-5:00 Closing Prayer

Writing Conferences

Sandy Cove Christian Writers' Conference, October 1-4, 2006
Details: www.sandycovewriters.com

Glorieta Christina Writers Conference, October 11-15, 2006
Details: www.glorietacwc.com

Dues and Mailing Lists

Dues, in the amount of $10.00 will cover membership from July through December. They may be paid at our monthly meetings or mailed to: Richmond Christians Who Write, 12114 Walnut Hill Drive, Rockville, VA 23146.

Check out our Blog! See you on July 16th. Bring a friend!

Tom Lacy

HURRY: FREE SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

Dear Christian writers' groups -

"Encourage each other to build each other up" 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (TLB) says.

I am convinced that encouragement is one of the most precious (and needed) gifts we can give each other. I seriously doubt I would have over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals and eight published books without the encouragement I've received through the years from so many.

I want to keep passing that gift of encouragement on.

Thanks to gifts from several special friends I am able to offer three FULL scholarships to the August 10-12 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. Each scholarship will cover the $285 registration fee and the $49 meal package for 7 meals at the conference. Travel and lodging are not included. (For complete conference info and to view our 8-page brochure visit www.writehisanswer.com/Philadelphia.)

Is there someone in your writer's group you feel God wants you to encourage through your personal recommendation that he or she be given a scholarship? As you pray about this, please consider the following:

- Is he committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and eager to serve the Lord through writing?
- Is he committed to becoming a craftsman of excellence?
- Is he an active member of your group?
- Do you believe his writing has the potential to impact many lives but that he is in need of the encouragement the conference will offer?

In 250 words or less tell us who you are recommending and why, based on the above criteria. Please include his contact info: USPS address, e-mail address, and phone number. Your recommendation needs to be received via e-mail no later than July 12. Before submitting your recommendation, please check with the individual to make certain he would be able to come.

On July 13 we will notify you and the person you recommended whether or not he has been chosen to receive a scholarship. Seven runners-up will receive a free copy of my book Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers.

Father, I trust that You have already chosen the writers You want to encourage through these scholarships and through Write His Answer. Thank You in advance for what You're going to do in their lives. And thank You, Father, for the faithfulness of these group leaders. Bless them in special and unexpected ways.

In Christ - Marlene

Friday, July 07, 2006

Literary Magazine Resource

Here is a good resource, but like everything else, check things out thoroughly and ask questions if you need answers.

http://www.zeroland.co.nz/literature_journals.html

Greater Philly Conference Scholarships

Dear Christian writers' group leader -

"Encourage each other to build each other up" 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (TLB) says.

I am convinced that encouragement is one of the most precious (and needed) gifts we can give each other. I seriously doubt I would have over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals and eight published books without the encouragement I've received through the years from so many.

I want to keep passing that gift of encouragement on.

Thanks to gifts from several special friends I am able to offer three FULL scholarships to the August 10-12 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. Each scholarship will cover the $285 registration fee and the $49 meal package for 7 meals at the conference. Travel and lodging are not included. (For complete conference info and to view our 8-page brochure visit http://www.writehisanswer.com/Philadelphia.)

Is there someone in your writer's group you feel God wants you to encourage through your personal recommendation that he or she be given a scholarship? As you pray about this, please consider the following:

- Is he committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and eager to serve the Lord through writing?

- Is he committed to becoming a craftsman of excellence?

- Is he an active member of your group?

- Do you believe his writing has the potential to impact many lives but that he is in need of the encouragement the conference will offer?

In 250 words or less tell us who you are recommending and why, based on the above criteria. Please include his contact info: USPS address, email address, and phone number. Your recommendation needs to be received via email no later than July 12. Before submitting your recommendation, please check with the individual to make certain he would be able to come.

On July 13 we will notify you and the person you recommended whether or not he has been chosen to receive a scholarship. Seven runners-up will receive a free copy of my book Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers.

Father, I trust that You have already chosen the writers You want to encourage through these scholarships and through Write His Answer. Thank You in advance for what You're going to do in their lives. And thank You, Father, for the faithfulness of these group leaders. Bless them in special and unexpected ways.

In Christ - Marlene

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Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D., Director
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference - August 10-12, 2006
Colorado Christian Writers Conference - May 16-19, 2007
316 Blanchard Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 ~ 610-626-6833
mbagnull@aol.com ~ writehisanswer.com

Encouraging & equipping you to write about a God who is real,
who is reachable, and who changes lives!