November 2017

posted Nov 12, 2017, 9:09 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 9:22 PM ]

Psalm 107:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His faithful love endures forever.”

This month’s newsletter written by Patti Nicholson:

Each of us has something they can and should be thankful for.  Examples of this could be 

food on the table, a roof over our heads, and heat during the cold months.  Another would 

be the incredible love we receive from our Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can 

ever imagine.               

        Writing Prompt:   Have you ever made a list of things you are thankful for? What is 
at the top of your list and why?  Write about it!

        COMING UP:  During the November meeting, Renee Liming will be sharing information 
about legacy writing and will lead us in a workshop as we put pen to paper.  You can do some 
legacy writing or you can work on the piece for sharing during our December meeting. Come 
and join in the discussion! 

          We look forward to seeing you at the November 14th meeting!

October 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:20 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
(Ecclesiastes 13:1-8)

This month's newsletter, written by Renee Liming:

          As the fall season is upon us, let us reflect on the seasons of our lives. Life 
doesn’t proceed in a linear fashion, rather it moves in cyclical rhythms or seasons. 
Think about some of the seasons that you’ve gone through in relationships, finances, 
education, careers, or spiritual growth. We can’t change the seasons, but we can find 
God in every season, even the difficult ones. Realize that every season has a purpose. 
We can learn from every experience that we go through. Autumn is a time where winds 
of change blow through our lives. We might feel unsettled or uncertain. The ground 
might be shifting and we might be cultivating it in preparation of the season to come. 
We all cycle through seasons of change and transformation.  

        Writing Prompt:   Reflect and write about the season you are currently in.

        COMING UP:  During the October meeting, we will be discussing the Cs and Qs - 
Queries and Cover Letters, Contests, Critiques, and Clips.  We will have a roundtable
discussion about what is necessary, what helps, and what doesn't.  Come and join in 
the discussion!

          We look forward to seeing you at the October 10th meeting!

September 2017

posted Sep 10, 2017, 8:43 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 8:48 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          If you're anything like me, your summer flew by much too quickly.  Mine 
          was filled with parades, thrift sales, birthday parties, and many other 
          activities.  Some of the parties were surprises and others were not.  Each
          was an opportunity to spend time with those most important to me - the 
          best way to spend that time. 

          While I had every intention of writing on a more consistent basis, I did 
          not spend nearly as much time writing as I was hoping to.  However, I 
          made some notes about the topics I hoped to put on paper, so I can move
          forward from there.

        Writing Prompt:  How did your writing go over the summer?  Was it like I 
          mine (more miss than hit) or did you write more than you expected?  And,
          if you were successful at getting some words down on paper, did you submit 
          them  anywhere?  
          Write about your writing experience over the break - did you struggle to 
          put words on paper or did they flow freely?

       COMING UP:  During the September meeting, we welcome back Julie Court 
          as she shares with us about co-laboring with God through writing.  

          We look forward to seeing you at the September 12th meeting!

May 2017

posted May 2, 2017, 7:54 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated May 2, 2017, 7:56 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Renee Liming:
          If you've tried to purchase a Mother's Day card this year, you'll be hard
          pressed to fine one for less than $6.99, unless you're shopping at the
          Dollar Tree.  I suggest making your own and include a memory about
          your mom and how she influenced your life.  Possibly, she was 
          someone to emulate.  If your mother was anything like mine, she kept
          us involved as kids, pushed us to be our best.  She believed in the 
          value of education, volunteering, and giving back to community.  She 
          sent us cards weekly in college.
        Writing Prompt:  I would encourage you to write your mother a heartfelt
          note this Mother's Day and save yourself a few dollars on the card.  You
          could also share a card with any Mom who might not be getting a card.   

       COMING UP:  During the May meeting, some of our Members will be 
          sharing a piece they've written.  Join us as we share our writing and
          maybe even bring a piece to share with us as well!

          See you at the May 9th meeting!

April 2017

posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:55 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          The light of day is lasting longer and the weather is getting warmer,
          which can make it difficult to sit inside and write.  Do you give in to 
          the distraction of the pleasant weather?  Or do you use the change 
          of seasons as a source of inspiration?  Do you combine them by 
          writing outdoors?
        Writing Prompt:  What tips and tricks do you use for getting back on 
          track while writing?  Some of them may be a bit out of the ordinary but,
          if they work for you, that's good!  Think about and then write about 
          different ways you have used to attempt to get yourself back on track
          while writing.

       COMING UP:  During the April meeting, we welcome back Mary Pierce.  She
          comes to speak with us about our writing goals and what might be 
          preventing us from reaching those goals.  Come prepared to hear some
          fresh ideas for getting "unstuck" during the writing process.

          See you at the April 11th meeting!

March 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 7:19 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          Spring, according to the calendar, will arrive on March 20th of this year.
          We've had hints recently of the changing seasons with some rain and 
          even thunderstorms.  Daylight Savings Time will begin a few days 
          before spring on March 12th.

          I appreciate spring and watching things come back to life after 
          slumbering through the winter.  The snow melts, the grass greens up, 
          and the trees bud out.  The temperatures begin to rise, bringing us
          ever closer to planting season.

          Psalm 1:3 (NLT) - "They are like trees planted along the riverbank, 
          bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves never wither, and they prosper
          in all they do.
        Writing Prompt:  What does spring look like in your life?  Is there new life
          or are you still burrowed beneath the surface?  Write about it.

       COMING UP:  During the March meeting, we welcome Eric Rasmussen as 
          he comes to speak with us about Barstow & Grand, Eau Claire's own 
          literary journal.  Come learn more about this project, your opportunities,
          and other publishing outlets.

          See you at the March meeting!

February 2017

posted Feb 5, 2017, 9:08 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 9:10 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          February is normally a very cold month in this area.  So, what better
          time to work on that article or book, right?  Or is it still difficult for you
          to find (make) time to write.  I raise my hand to admit that I many 
          times don't write when I have spare time.  Of course, there are also
          days when I try to write, but the words just don't flow the way I want.
          I'm guessing that has happened with you too.
        Writing Prompt:  So, how do you get back on track?  Do you get up and
          walk around for a bit before trying to write again?  Do you turn on some 
          music?  Do you turn the music off?  Do you watch a movie?  Do you 
          read a book?  Or do you sit in front of the computer and just type 
          whatever comes to mind, whether or not it makes sense?  Do you have
          any other tips and tricks for jump-starting the writing process?

       COMING UP:  During the February meeting, we will have a Panel 
          Discussion.  The WWCWG Board Members will field questions and offer
          thoughts, suggestions, publishing insights, and practical advice.  Guild
          Members will also contribute from their own experiences in this writing/
          publishing venture.  Join us for this interactive meeting that will inspire
          and encourage.

          See you at the February meeting!

January 2017

posted Jan 1, 2017, 7:35 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Jan 1, 2017, 7:56 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Melissa Wiltrout:
          It's a new year!  Who doesn't enjoy a fresh calendar on the wall, a fresh
          number to write on checks and journal entries, and a fresh, untainted 
          New Year?
          I am breaking from my usual negativity and daring to view 2017 in a 
          positive light, due in part to reading a few journal entries from last fall 
          highlighting the work God has done in my life over the past 14 years.
          While last year was challenging in many ways and I don't know what this
          year holds, my faith has been strengthened on this New Year's Day through
          remembering who God is and what He has done for me.  I believe that "He
          who began a good work in me will complete it."  (Philippians 1:6)  With God
          at work, with Him providing and caring for me, I know 2017 will be another
          good year.
        Writing Prompt:  What was your 2016 like?  Was it filled with awesome 
          experiences that drew you closer to your loved ones and to God?  Or did it
          bring disappointment and loss?  Was God there for you?  How did He reveal
          Himself?  Write a letter of remembrance and thanksgiving to God for His
          guidance and care for you in the past year.

       COMING UP:  Michelle Rayburn will be our feature speaker this month
          talking about Marketing from Proposal to Publication.  Marketing is an
          important part of the process from the moment your book becomes a
          concept.  She will examine the process of surveying the market, assess
          how to get your audience to want your book, and strategize about cost-
          effective ways to capture sales.  How to maximize free marketing
          opportunities and helpful insights into the ever-changing market will
          also be shared followed by a Q & A time.  Door prizes, yummy food
          and fellowship for all.
          If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to
          meet with others.  Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so)     
          for the group to read along as you share.  You could bring what you've
          written in response to the prompt above or something else you're working
          on.  It can be a portion of a book chapter or a short article, too.
          See you at the January meeting!

December 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:38 AM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 12:14 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call 
          him Immanuel" - which means God with us."  Matthew 1:23

          As we look forward to the celebration of Christ's birth, we cherish time spent
          with family.  Gifts will most likely be exchanged.  But, the best gift of all is 
          not one that can be unwrapped.  It is the baby who was born to be the 
          sacrifice for all.  We only have to believe and accept this precious gift.   
        Writing Prompt:  What are your Christmas traditions?  Attending a church 
          service, decorating a tree, setting up a manger scene, giving and receiving 
          gifts, or something else?  Write about it.

       COMING UP:  Christmas is our time to celebrate the birth of our Lord.  Join us 
          December 13, 2016, for fun in sharing our writing and exchanging our wrapped, 
          gently used books with a fellow writer.  Door prizes, yummy food (provided by 
          all), and fellowship for all.
            We will be taking a break from critique time until January 2017.  Keep writing 
          and we'll start up again soon!

          See you at the December meeting!

November 2016

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:58 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 8:07 PM ]

This month's newsletter, written by Renee Liming:
        I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your
        wonderful deeds.  Psalm 9:1

        As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, it reminds us to be grateful, to be
        thankful.  During the prayer before the Thanksgiving meal, challenge everybody
        to express at least one blessing that they are thankful for.  I also challenge
        you to take this one step further and do this on a daily basis.  In the book,
        "The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude," Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests
        that we list five things daily that we are grateful for.  It will help us discover
        the sacred in the ordinary and realize that every day is literally a gift.
        Writing Prompt:  What are five blessings in your life right now?  We possess
        all we need to be genuinely happy.  We just need the awareness of all that we

        COMING UP:  Join us as we welcome Julie Court to share with us. She uses her
        gift with words to write training materials, lesson plans, Bible Studies, sermons,
        the Incredible Life Makeover book and more.  She also speaks and teaches on a 
        variety of subjects:  writing, leadership, communication, family life, intimacy,  
        healing, believer's authority, spiritual warfare, personal transformation and 
        freedom ministries.  

        Julie's intimate connection to God, even amidst painful life experiences, inspires
        others to pursue face-to-face encounters with the King of Kings.  She seeks the 
        ways, purposes, and mysteries of her Father and shares them to equip the body
        of Christ.  She currently works at Hope Gospel Mission in Eau Claire, WI, pastors
        the Freedom community, and speaks at conferences, retreats, and events 
        through her non-profit ministry, New Life for Today.
         We will be taking a break from critique time until January 2017.  Keep writing 
        and we'll start up again soon!

        See you at the November meeting!

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