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!

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

February Meeting Notice

Richmond Christians Who Write

"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: mailto:RichmondCWW@aol.com
Blog: http://rcww.blogspot.com/

Rev. Thomas C. Lacy
Founder - President

Barbara Baranowski

Marie Corso

Michael Rew
Blog Master

February 18, 2007

FEBRUARY MEETING NOTICE: Note change of Meeting Room 219

Our next meeting will be February 18th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. NOTE: Enter the rear entrance on the Parham Road side of the building. Look for the elevator on your left, go to 2nd floor, turn right getting off the elevator, go to Room 219.

SPEAKER 2:45 to 3:45: Karen Hannon

"I'm the owner/developer of a new faith-based web site in Richmond, SpotlightRichmond.com. We have a Faith & Values section on the site. We would welcome stories, poems, etc. from your RCWW members. We officially launched at the end of September - had 92,000 hits in October.

"I'll explain the mission/vision of SpotlightRichmond.com, and invite all interested writers to contribute as they feel led. There are a lot of writing opportunities.

They can contribute their own work that we'd put under the Christian Author section on faith and values, content on any of the special areas of family, health & wellness, business (making dreams happen), book reviews, scripture reflections and Making A Difference stories about local people and groups. We are also open to new ideas/new sections for the site.

"I plan to talk about the Random Acts of Kindness Celebration going on now. I need help with this journal and am hoping RCWW members will be interested in helping with this short-term project."

Come and hear Karen outline these writing opportunities and tell of her need for regular submissions (of all kinds) for SpotlightRichmond.com and more!

Critique Session 4:00 to 5:00

It has been some time since we've had a critique session. If you have a short article, portion of a large article or excerpt from a book, bring six to eight copes, typed, double-spaced. We will divid the group into as many small groups as space will permit. This procedure may allow us to give more in-depth critique to more people.

Feedback from January Meeting

At this meeting I asked for those in attendance to send me a brief statement of the suggestions they offered. It is my intentions to review these suggestion and take them to our next planning committee. To date, only four have responded. Joe Anderson suggested taking all the suggestions and use them as a basis for planning an entire year. This is the ideal, but I need to hear from more of you as to what you want/need from RCWW.

If you have suggestions, please e-mail them in the body of an e-mail or pdf attachments only. My Mac will not open most PC attached files. If you are not on line, please mail them to my house. Or bring them when you come to our February meeting.


This poetry workshop will be held April 14, 2007, from 9:00-Noon. Our speaker/instructor will be Florence Rosie Givens, local author, editor and publisher of three books of Poem Collections.
(Specifics to follow.)

2007 Meeting Schedule

Here are the remainder of the dates for 2007: Mar. 18, Sat. Apr. 14 1/2 day poetry workshop, May 20, June 10 (2nd Sun. to avoid Father's Day), July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Fri. & Sat. Oct. 19-20 possible writers conference or Sun. Oct. 21, and Nov. 18.

Normal Monthly Meeting Format (unless otherwise stated)

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 Speaker/Workshop or Critique Session (Announced Monthly) (Bring 20 copies, typed, double spaced)
4:55-5:00 Closing Prayer


Dues, in the amount of $20.00 will cover membership from January 1st through December 31, 2007. They may be paid at our monthly meetings or mailed to: Richmond Christians Who Write, 12114 Walnut Hill Drive, Rockville, VA 23146.


If you know of writing conferences, workshops or any events of interest to writers, please send me complete details so the information can be passed on to our members.

February 15-18, 2007
Jerry B. Jenkins, Christian Writers Guild: www.ChristianWritersGuild.com

March 9-10, 2007
Kay Walsh, Shenandoah Christian Writers group: jsparrow474@yahoo.com

March 16-17, 2007
American Christian Writers Conference: www.ACWriters.com


To date only about four have signed up for this writing challenge. My goal is to sign up 20 Marble Movers, but that is not to say it is limited to 20. Last year I did not accomplish my goal of enrolling 10, but riding on the heels of the success of the seven who did sign on (six were published for pay and one entered a legitimate major poetry contest that will not be judged until Spring) I doubled my goal.


1. The ultimate aim is to take Five Action Steps, however small, FIVE DAYS EACH WEEK that will move you toward the accomplishment of your main goal. TO BE PUBLISHED FOR PAY by June 30, 2007.

2. Commit to practice the rule for five consecutive days then ask yourself: What could I accomplish if I moved five marbles daily?

3. Tell me about it.

Listen carefully to my guidelines. If you don't follow them, you will disqualify yourself from being a Marble Mover. My aim, however, is not to disqualify anyone, but if you are not committed to the program you will not accomplish your goal. Now may not be the time for you to be a Marble Mover, but try it for five days and see how well you do. Only then can you rightly decide if you are ready for the challenge.

My goal is to motivate at least 20, unpublished, dues-paying, RCWW members to publish one or more articles for pay by June 30, 2007.

I'm looking for unpublished-for-pay RCWW members who are committed to applying this principle by consistently moving three or more marbles, on a daily basis, from one pocket to the other toward getting paid for publishing one or more articles by June 30, 2007.

You qualify by practicing this successfully for five days and then telling me by e-mail what you have accomplished. RCWW members not online must call me to register: 749-4050.

I want to help serious writers. I can only accomplish my goal through committed writers.

Disqualification: If you consistently transfer less than three marbles per day you will, in effect, remove yourself as a Marble Mover. Marble Movers most send me a weekly list of their progress.

I look forward to seeing you on the 18th. Bring your ideas. Bring your commitment to be a Marble Mover. Bring a writer friend.

In His Service,


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