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.


Thursday, August 16, 2007


Our next meeting will be August 19, 2007, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church (one block south of Patterson Ave. on Parham Rd.). 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 when getting off the elevator, go to Room 211, second door on your right. Note new room number.

Writing Assignment to Read

Last year I attended a creative nonfiction writing class. The instructor assigned a subject. We were to write 500 to 1000 words on the subject. I don’t know of any other single writing exercise that has helped me more with my nonfiction writing. Fiction writers were also helped.

Recently we listened to Barbara Baranowski relate how a previous writing assignment challenged her and ultimately ended up in an article that was published nationally (from which she received calls from readers from all around the country). Plus she got paid for having fun writing it!

I related how an article I had written has been shared with a seniors group as a devotional challenge and later preached from the pulpit of a local church. We do not know the potential of what we write for fun!

Write 500 to 1,000 words on the subject: Letting Go.

At our August meeting we will read as many as time permits. If we do not have a lot of critiquing to do from 4:00 to 5:00 we will use that time for additional readings.

Critique Session

From 4:00 to 5:00 we will listen to readings and do critiquing.

Bring something brief to read that does not require feedback. If you have material to be critiqued, bring about 10 copies, typed, double spaced. We will listen to and critique as many as time permits.

2007 Meeting Schedule Highlights
Here are the remainder of the dates for 2007:

September 16th: June Keene, Simple Speaking and
Presentation Skills
October 19th (Saturday) Nancy Stevens, All Day
Computer Workshop
November 18th: To be announced
December: No meetings scheduled

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 $10.00 will cover membership from July 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.

I look forward to seeing you on August 19th. Bring a friend; they’ll appreciate it.

Librarians Want to See Your Book at the 8 Fall Library Shows!

The Combined Book Exhibit Fall library shows are here and now is your chance to display your title at some of the best library opportunities for exposure, sales and increased recognition.

These state and regional shows occur just once a year and include California, New York, New England, the American Association of School Libraries and many more awesome shows.

Click here for more information on all eight of our incredible library shows and to register:


Time and space are running out so don't wait to be a part of these fantastic shows starting at just $80.00 per title...enter now!

These hugely popular shows display your items to the top library buyers, distributors, wholesalers, foreign rights agents and publishing professionals as they gather for these incredible fairs.

These are the final weeks to register your book/DVD/CD/Audio Books/Gift Items etc. for this year's displays as the DEADLINES are closing in!

Click here for more information on the eight shows and how to register:

You can also call me, Andrew Parvel at 1.800.706.4636 x 1004 to register by phone.

There are just 8 Combined Book Exhibit library shows remaining for 2007 and you can be a part of them all at the lowest prices available! And, as an added bonus, we're waiving the $125 membership fee normally required.

Click the link to see the entire list of prices, show information and registration forms!


Or, call me at 1.800.706.4636 ext. 1004 to register by phone.

All the shows are filling up FAST! Here is your chance to be a part of the biggest and best library shows in the country including:

Ohio Library Council / Oct. 10-12 / $80.00 per title
Illinois Library Assn. / Oct. 10-11 / $80.00 per title
New England Library Assn. / Oct. 14-16 / $80.00 per title
Pennsylvania Library Assn. / Oct. 15-16 / $80.00 per title
New York Library Assn. / Oct. 18-19 / $80.00 per title
American Assn. of School Libraries / Oct. 25-28 / $100.00
per title
California Library Assn. / Oct. 26-28 / $80.00 per title
New York State Reading Assn. / Nov. 7-9 / $80.00 per title

Get your spot in the Jenkins Group / Combined Book Exhibit displays before they’re gone! Now is the time as limited spaces available!

Exposure at these shows is critical to help promote books, CD's, DVD's, videos or sideline items. Here is your opportunity to represent your items at the biggest and best shows around the globe.

Click the link to see the entire list of prices, show information and registration forms!

The Combined Book Exhibit offers fantastic benefits including:
~Your title receiving “cover facing-out” display to buyers, retailers, publishers, librarians, distributors, wholesalers and foreign rights agents to help you increase the exposure and sale of your title
~Inclusion of all of your pertinent contact and sales information in the Combined Book Exhibit catalog distributed at each show
~No travel stress and expense
~Display multiple titles on your very own shelf with further discounted full shelf prices

With eight of the best library shows remaining in the 2007 display schedule, there is something for everyone.

We're also offering the shows in an awesome super saver package that delivers the lowest price this year and the greatest show locations and more than 70 years of book show exhibit experience.Limited space available for each show, so please get registered soon.

Please click the link below to find additional information that includes a sign up form that can be faxed for immediate registration. Or call me at 1.800.706.4636 ext. 1004 to register by phone.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through the information below.

Best regards,

Andrew W. Parvel
Director of Marketing
Jenkins Group
P/1.800.706.4636 x 1004
F/ 231.933.0448
E/ aparvel@bookpublishing.com
W/ www.bookpublishing.com

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hamilton Writers Guild Announces Its 2nd Annual Writing Contest

Hamilton Writers Guild Announces Its 2nd Annual Writing Contest
Category: General Fiction
2000 Word Limit
Deadline: October 26, 2007
Entry fee: $10.
$125 first prize
$75 second prize $50 third prize.
Contest Guidelines
* Category: General Fiction
* Limit 2000 words
* Deadline: Postmarked no later than October 26, 2007
* Entry fee: $10 per entry
* Prizes: $125 1st Prize; $75 2nd Prize; $50 3rd Prize
* Manuscript must be typed, double-spaced on one side of 8.5 x10 white paper
* Staple all entries
* Include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count andwhere you heard about the contest on cover page only
* Do not put name, or any other form of identification, on the manuscript
* Entries will not be returned
* Unlimited number of entries allowed; entry fee must accompany each entry
* No e-mail entries
* Entries exceeding word count or not following the guidelines will bedisqualified
* Winners will be announced on November 23, 2007 on the web site
www.hamiltonwriters www.hami
* Individual winners will be notified by mail. Include a SASE forcomplete list of winners.
Send entries to:
Hamilton Writers Contest
PO Box 1205
Hamilton, Ohio 45012

Friday, August 03, 2007

"The Art of Effective Public Speaking"

Christian Writer's Institute Sponsors:
"The Art of Effective Public Speaking"

Increase your persuasive and selling power using the techniques of effective communication and public speaking. Topics such as: informative and persuasive speaking, relaxation exercises, hooks, eye contact, body language, impromptu speaking, talking points, note cards, active listening, and closing statements will be addressed. Participants will practice using each of these skills as they deliver a mini speech in class. (Limit 15 students per class)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Days Inn - Richmond West
2100 Dickens Road
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Advanced Registration: $55.00
includes professional instruction,
all course materials and refreshments.
Click Here to Register:
Christian Writer's Institute

Sponsored by:
Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc