Heart of America Christian Writers Network Conference



            HACWN offers a Mentoring Conference for April 16-18, 2009. This will be a chance for our writers to meet extensively with an editor who works in and acquires for the kind of book the writer seeks to publish. We will have at least six kinds of literature represented: 


            Adult Fiction

            Adult Nonfiction



            General Writing and Career – articles, devotionals, poetry, fillers, magazine writing, a mixed bag

Other genres may be available depending on interest. 




            We have the following editors to teach the different genres as follows:

Adult Fiction: Jeanette Windle — representing Kregel Publications and also her own work as a bestselling novelist, Jeanette will coach group members in crafting a novel they can be ready to submit to editors.  


Adult Nonfiction: Nick Harrison, Senior Editor, Harvest House Publications. Nick has acquired numerous books for HH, has written his own books, and looks forward to working with his group to help them get their ms. ready to show to editors all over the world.  


Magazine Writing and Career: Eric Reed, former VIce-President and Manager, Christianity Today Publications and Leadership Magazine, Eric is now a freelancer who can help group members get their mss. ready and also possibly help in submitting to CTI magazines.  


Children’s Writing: Katara Patton, Editor, Tyndale House Publishing. Katara is the children’s acquisition editor at Tyndale and can offer much guidance for writers to submit to Tyndale and elsewhere.  


Screenplay Writing: Zena Dell Lowe, Writer, Actor, Director, and Producer. Zena has much experience in writing for the movies, has done several movies herself, worked as a director for ACT ONE, and has her own production company, Skirt Films, for which she seeks writers, especially women.   




            We will meet at the Lake Doniphan Conference Center in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, about twenty miles north of the Kansas City area. This includes all meals, single or double-occupancy rooms with two double or two queen-size beds per room, plus a private bathroom and desk.  The conference center also has walking paths, a small lake, and other activities.  



            We will start at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and go through 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 


            Each editor will establish their own routine with some group meetings (groups: maximum of 6-10 writers), and much one-on-one discussion. This will be worked out at the start and used throughout. Each editor will have the flexibility to change things as the writer’s needs become more apparent. 



            Members: $540.

    Nonmembers: $600.

            Various discounts offered(call for details: 816-459-8016).  

    Single room: $60 extra for both nights.  



Reservation: By February 25, $125.

Full payment, By March 20.

Late payments up to April 10.  




American Christian Writers Conference Feb. 27-28


Christian Communicator
Advanced Christian

ACW Press
Writing Books
Seminar Tapes
ACW Chapters
Caribbean Christian
Writers Conference Cruise

Christian Writers Institute
American School of Christian Writing
Manuscript Critique

American Christian Writers Association
Mentoring Retreat
Statement of Faith
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  American Christian Writers’
Dallas, Texas, Conference

February 27-28, 2009 (Friday and Saturday) La Quinta Inn Six Flags
825 North Watson Road (Arlington)
(817) 640-4142
Sleeping Room Block $99
For one or two peopleFaculty includes:
• Chip MacGregor: Literary Agent
• Dr Dennis Hensley: Writer/Speaker
• Frank Ball: Writer/Editor
• Reg Forder: Director of ACW
• Eleonore Forder: Conference HostessWeekend includes:
• 20 Workshops/Sessions
• Night Owl Sessions
• Awards Banquet
• Free Publications
• Minister Discounts
• Spouse Discounts
• Fiction Writing Day
• Nonfiction Writing Day
• Partial Scholarships Available
• Large Writers Book Store
• Free Consultations with InstructorsFriday
8:00 AM Registration & Bookstore Open
9:00 AM First Session
6:00 PM Awards Banquet & Program
Day ends approx 9:30 PMSaturday
8:00 AM Registration & Bookstore Open
9:00 AM First Session Begins
5:00 PM Conference Ends

Friday and Saturday $209 before February 6, 2009
$229 after February 6, 2009
Any ONE Day $119 before February 6, 2009
$129 after February 6, 2009
Awards Banquet $25 per conferee
$29 per non-conferee

To request a complete conference brochure please call 1-800-21-WRITE or email ACWriters@aol.com.

American Christian Writers is a member of: Evangelical Press Association, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and Global Network of Christian Ministries



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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Below is a link to an article on how to create a non-fiction book proposal. It is written by Mike Hyatt, the current President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and is included in W. Terry Whalin’s Book Proposals That Sell.