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, November 29, 2008


If you have ever lost writing, or web pages, or blogs when a site moved or shut down, you will want to know about this. There is a tool called The Way Back Machine (the web as it was).

It is available at http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

It archives, you guessed it, the web. You won't find everything, and I didn't find searching by subject or keywords worked too well, but I found things back from 1998! It works the best if you know the old web address. Your lost pages might be there! Check it out.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Writer's Digest Wants Your Shorts!

The 9th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries!

They're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant ...but brief.

Send your best in 1,500 words or less.

But don't be too long about it—the deadline is December 1, 2008.

The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word).

For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Writer’s Digest University: Editors’ Intensive

Your exclusive chance to learn
first-hand from publishing experts!
December 13-14, 2008
Cincinnati, OH

You’ve been asking us for years… and now, for the first time ever, Writer’s Digest is opening its doors for a brand-new publishing event. That’s right—you’re invited to the heart of WD Headquarters to take part in exclusive panel discussions and manuscript critiques featuring these top editors:

Jane Friedman, Publisher & Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest
Chuck Sambuchino, Editor, Guide to Literary Agents
Alice Pope, Editor, Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
Joe Stollenwerk, Director, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com

During a full-day’s worth of workshops, they’ll give you the insider tips you need to publish your work in today’s competitive market. You’ll learn how to…

> Research and identify the right agent
> Write a killer one-page query for your novel
> Write a bulletproof nonfiction book proposal
> Avoid sabotaging your career and move faster down the publishing path
> Break into tough markets and get responses from busy editors and agents

Best of all, you’ll meet one-on-one with a WD editor who will provide an individual critique of either your query letter and proposal package (up to 50 pages), or the first 50 pages of your manuscript—plus offer a customized list of best-bet markets for selling your work!

Please Note: Due to the personalized nature of this event, space is limited to 50 attendees.

Click here to learn more and reserve your space today!


Once question every writer, novice or seasoned asks from time to time is how to decide where to submit a particular article, story or poem. For some great discussions on this topic you can visit the Writer's Digest Forum on How to Decide Where to Submit Your Work.

Also in this month's Writer's Digest:


This year's contest has a deadline of December 31. It's open to any writer and should be between 800-1,500 words in length. As usual, there is no entry fee. An exciting development is that I've increased the first place prize to $500 along with publication in the 2010 Writer's Market!

Entries can be sent to writersmarket@fwmedia.com with "Freelance Success Stories Entry" in the subject line.

This month's Writer's Digest issue is full of great information about latest industry news as well as how to network with other Writer's Digest subscribers. Go to www.WritersMarket.com to log in or sign up now.