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.


Monday, February 25, 2008

How Much Should I Charge?

Writersmarket.com offers a comprehensive listing of market types and guidelines for writers on how to determine a fair rate for their work.

Check out this 11-page guide here:


(You will need to establish a completely free account with them.)


WritersMarket.com lists more than 6,000 opportunities to get paid for your writing efforts. Here are four recently verified and updated listings for regional magazines.

Back Home in Kentucky pays $50-200 for assigned articles and $50-100 for unsolicited articles (so it pays to query first with this magazine). The editors say, "We work mostly with unpublished or emerging writers who have a feel for Kentucky's people, places, and events. Areas most open are little known places in Kentucky, unusual history, and profiles of interesting Kentuckians, and Kentuckians with unusual hobbies or crafts."


Memphis Downtowner Magazine pays a variable rate that typically runs around 15¢ per word for nonfiction articles of 600 to 2,000 words. The editors say, "Actually read the magazine before you pitch. Get to know the regular columns and departments. In your pitch, explain where in the magazine you think your story idea would best fit."


Susquehana Life pays $75-125 for nonfiction features of 800 to 1,200 words. The editors say, "When you query, do not address letter to 'Dear Sir'—address the letter to the name of the publisher or editor. Demonstrate your ability to write. You need to be familiar with the type of articles we use and the particular flavor of the region. Only accepts submissions with a Central PA angle."


Syracuse New Times pays $25-200 for nonfiction features of 250 to 2,500 words. The editor says, "Syracuse New Times is an alternative weekly that is topical, provocative, irreverent, and intensely local. Move to Syracuse and query with a strong idea."


Shenandoah Living
Spring 2008 Magazine Writing Workshop

March 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Massanutten Regional Library
174 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Registration fee: $95 includes lunch

Publishers of Shenandoah Living magazine, Brad Jenkins and Toni Mehling, talk about the art
of writing feature magazine articles.

Workshop Schedule:

9:45-10:30 The Anatomy of a Feature Magazine Article

10:45-11:30 Dissecting the Sentence, and Piecing it Back Together: Use Grammar, Voice and Structure to Craft Sentences that Pop

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:00 Using Forensics to Reconstruct the Story: Find the Angle, Ask the Right Questions and Organize the Draft

1:00-2:15 Let’s Practice: Writing Workshop

If you wish to have your materials considered for use as examples during the conference, send articles by Feb. 29.

Also send written permission for the publishers to critique your work publicly. Writing clips will be accepted by the publishers on the day of the conference, but will not be returned. Please do not provide original copies.

Individual critiques will not be possible on the day of the workshop.
A brief Q & A time will be provided at the end of each session. Please respect other attendees by focusing questions on the material presented.

Click here to go to the PDF document which includes the registration form you may print out.

Monday, February 11, 2008


E-mail: RichmondCWW@aol.com

Co-Directors: Rev. Thomas C. Lacy, Rebekah Robb
Membership: Barbara Baranowski
Advisor: Marie Corso
Blog Masters: Michael Rew, Mary Moss


Coleen Kenny began writing poetry seven years ago, and her pen took on a life of its own. Positive Thinking and War Cry have published her articles, and she’s had devotionals and articles included in anthologies. She is a nurse practitioner, speaker and storyteller. Coleen will cover two areas of interest:
2:45 to 3:45: How to Lose the Meek in Your Critiques
4:00 to 5:00: Ready, Set, Critique!

You will not want to miss either one of these sessions.


March 16th
1st speaker, Kim Davis (Beth Moore co-author), Being at the Right Place at the Right Time
2nd speaker, Chuck Crismier, To be announced

April 20th
1st speaker, Joel Sutton, To be announced
2nd speaker, Joanne Liggan, Publishing Options/ Hanover Book Festival

May 18th
1st speaker, Mary Beth Burton, To be announced
2nd speaker

June 22nd (4th Sunday to avoid meeting Father’s Day)
1st speaker. Yvonne Ortega, To be announced
2nd speaker

July 20th
1st speaker, Coleen Kenny, To be announced
2nd speaker

August 17th
1st speaker
2nd speaker

September 21st
1st speaker
2nd speaker

October, Date/dates to be announced. Possible week end conference

November 15 (Saturday)
Third Annual RCWW Family Dinner Meeting

December (No meeting)

Dues (Note Increase)
Annual dues in the amount of $25.00 can be paid at our February meeting or mailed to: Richmond Christians Who Write, 12114 Walnut Hill Dr., Rockville, VA 23146. (Our annual dues assist us in acquiring some of the outstanding guest speakers and maintaining the highest quality standards for our group.)

Come, and bring a friend to any of our meetings!

(Note: Richmond Christians Who Write meets at Grove Avenue Baptist Church (GABC), 8701 Ridge Road, Richmond, VA 23229 in Room 211. GABC is located one block south of Patterson Avenue on Parham Road. Enter through the Parham Road entrance, go to the elevator on your left, go to the second floor, turn right off the elevator to Room 211 on your right.)

2008 Area Writing Conferences

March 28-29, 2008
American Christian Writers Charlotte (NC) Conference

April 5, 2008
American Christian Writers One Day Conference
Baltimore, MD

May 18-22, 2008
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
Reservations: 1-800-588-7222
Information: www.lifeway.com/christianwriters

June 8-13, 2008
Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA 24020

June and July 2008
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
June 8 through July 25, 2008
The Festival offers 130 workshop across the genres.