Summer Workshop

CORRECTION: The Christian Writers’ Group will not host any workshops or seminars in 2010. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

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The Christian Writers’ Group will host a writing workshop on Saturday, August 14, 2010. It will be held on campus in FSC Room 3115 of First Baptist McKinney. The workshop is FREE of charge!

Details are still being worked out but may include the following topics: Writing Non-Fiction, Building Your Platform, and Book Publishing (will discuss traditional and self-pubishing).

Leave a comment below if you’d like more information or if you have questions.

Thanks!

Remember Whom You Serve by Jodi Whisenhunt

Sometimes the people who should be our number one fans crush our spirits and fill us with self doubt. A friend of mine, Christy, is a newly published freelance writer. In the business of freelancing, not all pieces receive monetary reward. Simply put, you don’t get paid. When Christy received her first freelance paycheck, she phoned her mom to celebrate. She also told her about a weekly, unpaid writing opportunity. Upon hearing this new column would be written pro bono, my friend’s mother offered these words, “Well, Honey, it’s not like you’re a real writer.” Ouch!

Those few words left my friend wondering, “Am I a writer? Why am I writing? Can I say I’m a writer if I don’t receive payment? Should I stop writing?” When Christy called her mom she was excited and confident; when she hung up the phone she was dejected and insecure.

My friend’s experience reminded me of when Jesus returned to his hometown. The people discounted him, saying he was just the carpenter’s son and asked each other where he got his powers. “But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor’” (Matthew 13:57). In Luke 4:24-30, Jesus explains it further, giving comparisons to Elijah and Elisha. The people responded to Jesus’ reprimand by driving him to the edge of a cliff and threatening to throw him off. While it didn’t come to that extreme with my friend’s family, her mother’s words left her feeling as if she were thrown off the cliff of success.

Even Jesus wasn’t supported by those who should have been his greatest supporters. Author Teresa G. Lusk discusses a similar matter in the “Dream Patrol” chapter of her book, Good Enough to be a Homemaker and CEO. She points out that some people appoint themselves to manage others’ success. They encourage and inspire until time comes to step out in faith and progress toward goals. At which point their true opinions are revealed and they spew forth insults. Teresa advises, “Don’t take it personally…Receive it as a combination of useful circumstances. One, they offer an opportunity to remind you who called you to your purpose. And two, personal and spiritual growth comes about” (Lusk 62-63).

I’m sure my friend’s mother loves her very much and is proud of her achievement. However, Christy and we fellow writers need to remember whom we serve. I know we want our parents to be proud of us, but, “If [we] were still trying to please men, [we] would not be servant[s] of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Paychecks don’t define us. Others’ opinions don’t define us. Our Creator does, and it is He whom we should honor.

*Originally posted on Jodi’s Aim for Perfection Editing blog.

October Meeting CANCELED

Please be in prayer for the Loughlin family as Joann’s precious husband, Slater, has gone home to be with the Lord. Out of respect for Joann, there will be NO MEETING this month. The regular schedule will resume November 18th.

Thank you, Jodi

Query Letters

Join us next Wednesday as we kick off the fall season with a query letter session. We’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. and end around 8:30 p.m. We’re back on campus now, in FSC Room 3115. That’s down the hall by the gym. Hope to see you there!

Final Summer Meeting

Well, the summer is winding down. We will meet together off-campus one more time at Panera Bread (Eldorado & Hwy 75) from 6:30-8:30pm this coming Wednesday, August 19th. Please join us and bring a piece you’ve written, whatever it may be, for peer critique.

Joann and I recently met with Jason McBride of Trinity Publishing. His company is starting up several new Dallas area Christian magazines and has invited our members to send in submissions. I’ll share more about that with you on Wednesday.

In September, we will resume regular monthly meetings at church in FSC room 3115. That room is down the hall beside the gym. We usually try to put a sign out, because the room is tucked away down a side hall. If you’re not familiar with the building, let me know & I’ll try to be more specific about the location.

I hope to see many of you Wednesday! Enjoy the weekend & keep writing for Him!

Sincerely, Jodi

Meeting THIS Wednesday!

Don’t forget! The Christian Writers’ Group will meet THIS Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30pm, at Panera Bread (Hwy 75 & Eldorado) in McKinney. Bring an encouraging attitude and something you’ve written.
 
I want to clarify something real quick. It’s been brought to my attention that the name of our group may be a little bit misleading. We are indeed a group of Christian writers fellowshipping and helping each other sharpen our skills. However, the members of our group do not solely write Christian material or publish only in the Christian market. In fact, what you write does not have to contain a biblical message at all! You may write fiction, commentary, devotions, poetry, or journals. We welcome everyone and everything except material that is anti-Christian or contains excessive gore or sexual content. Our goal is to be a light shining in the darkness, to help Christian writers be a positive influence in a difficult world. We want to represent our Lord and direct others to Him by sending our written word out as His missionary.
 
I know many of you are traveling at this time, and I pray for your safety. I also know one particular group member has an excellent excuse not to attend – she had a baby last week! Congratulations to Amanda Downey & welcome little Ella Hope!!!
 
I do hope many are able to join us this week. Perhaps Teresa Lusk will bring copies of her newly published book, Good Enough to be a Homemaker and CEO.
 
See you soon!
Jodi Whisenhunt

Quick Reminder

Meeting tonight! Join us at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread (Eldorado & Hwy 75) in McKinney. Be sure to bring something you’ve written for peer critique.

See you there!