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October 2019

posted Oct 1, 2019, 4:21 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

Ecclesiastes 11:4 -- "Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap."

As writers and artists of all genres we very much enjoy feeling the wind and watching the clouds; yet, if it stopped there the world would have no books, songs, newspapers, blogs . . . nothing written down for others to read.  There wouldn't be a Bible full of God's wisdom and instruction for us to live by.  There would be no music to work by, to motivate.  It would be a hungry, less than productive world.

September's meeting was very fulfilling as well as entertaining; a very wonderful beginning to a new season for WWCWG.  We even limbered up our writing fingers from their summer vacation.  Just in time for October's follow-up, as it looks like everyone will have opportunity to do some more writing during the meeting!  Please check out the schedule for more information.

WRITING PROMPT:  Many picture a utopian world being one without work.  Write a beginning chapter of a utopia in our present known world, which would include work.

April 2019

posted Apr 8, 2019, 9:58 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

This month we welcome Sandra Stanton, author of Max Your Mind:  The Owner's Guide for a Strong Brain.  She will present "The Take Away:  The making of a good read - even in nonfiction."  She will address the inspiration, research, and plan involved in the writing of nonfiction while she shares the honing of the craft, revision, and critiques.  Submission, marketing, and publication are also in her expertise.  Come ready to learn and be prepared with questions.  Find Sandra at Connections of the Heart LLC or www.SandraStantonAuthor.com.

Bio:  Sandra Stanton is an author, speaker, board certified coach, retired school counselor, mom, grandma, and recent widow who translates brain research into user-friendly language with a side of humor.  She's been fascinated by the brain since she was 14 - how it works, why it sometimes doesn't, and how to help it stay healthy.  She enjoys speaking to groups of all ages through her business Connections of the Heart LLC.  Her official handle is Sandra Sunquist Stanton NCC, LPC, BCC, which translates to Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Board Certified Coach.  

March 2019

posted Mar 11, 2019, 8:37 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 7:00 PM, we will gather to hear a speaker who has authored several books and produced seven films.  He will be speaking about the 'why's' of writing a book.  Why write about your local history?  Why write about your grief?  Why write about your life?  Dennis Miller will encourage us all to capture the special moments and snatches of time that we remember as they transform our lives too.

Dennis has authored 12 books and created/produced 7 films.  He founded Tears of Love Ministry (www.tearsofloveministry.org) as a bereaved father.  He is also co-founder and member of the Chippewa Valley Local Authors and member of the Chippewa Valley Evangelical Ministerial Association.  He also volunteers for the Good News Jail Ministry.

Come and join us as we welcome Dennis Miller as he shares the 'why's' of writing a book.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at Bethesda Lutheran Church on E Hamilton Avenue.

February 2019

posted Feb 6, 2019, 7:36 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

Luke 12:48b "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more."

To be made in God's likeness, His image explains why we love to create, and to create with words as He did when He formed the heavens and the earth.

This responsibility is one that must be exercised and fed.  Just as our bodies need nutrition and development, so does our writing.  Whatever form this takes:  books, classes, attending guilds; what it does mean, is utilizing these tools.  And just as our bodies may rot when maintenance is ignored, our writing gift will atrophy when our gift is not exercised.

Encouragement is another tool in the arsenal of the writer.  As lonely and singular a writer's life may be, God created us to rely upon others:  first and foremost on Him, and then on one another - to encourage and uplift each other, not to be islands.

PROMPT:  God left us with a rainbow as His promise after the great flood.  Write a 1500 word first person account on a visual reminder God gives you of His promises.  

Please attend February 12th in order to share what God has inspired.  We will be critiquing one another towards May's Member Showcase!  And, in order to receive, there must be those to give.  Please, come and be inspired.

Written by Hope Scheimo

November 2018

posted Nov 10, 2018, 8:48 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night 
will never cease."  Genesis 8:22

COMING UP:  Join us for our November meeting - Bill Callaghan will be sharing about his experience in
writing his book and finding a publisher.  Bill grew up in Wisconsin, and his book Raised with Praise is 
filled with humor and stories about real life.  Along with great advice for writers, Bill's enthusiastic and
joyful spirit is sure to make this month's meeting an exciting one!

WRITING PROMPT:  When you were a child, did your family have traditions during the autumn season
that you enjoyed?  Maybe you remember picking the best pumpkin out of the patch in the backyard or
the taste of your grandma's homemade apple pie with a scoop of ice cream.  Write about it!

We look forward to seeing you November 13 at 7pm at Bethesda!

October 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 8:55 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 8:59 PM ]

This month's newsletter was written by Patti Nicholson.

Matthew 18:2-4 - Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.  Then he said, "I tell you the truth, 
unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  So 
anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven."

On October 9, 2018, we welcome author Sandia Kosmo to WWCWG.  She will share insights into her writing process.  
We look forward to hearing her talk about her writing process.  From this we can choose ways that could work for each 
of us.

Writing Prompt:  Have you ever written a story for a child?  If not, this month may be a time to try just that!  If you
have, write about how the child responded (good or bad).  You could also write about how you came up with your 
ideas for the story.

We look forward to seeing you on October 9, 2018, at Bethesda (corner of State and Hamilton Streets in Eau Claire).  

May 2018

posted May 4, 2018, 9:14 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

Proverbs 16:24 - "Kind words are like honey - sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."

Whether written or spoken, words can have a profound impact on those around us.  Sharing
what we write can be healing for others or they can crush them.  How we say our words
can make all the difference.  Let our words be kind and build up those around us.

As we gather together on May 8, 2018, for our Third Annual Writers' Recital, those who 
have prepared a piece will read.  We encourage you to bring something (doesn't have 
to be long) to share with the group.  You are not required, but encouraged, to read.
Also, anyone interested can bring treats if they wish.  This meeting will be a celebration
of our fellowship and our writing.  We thank God for the opportunity to create works by 
putting words down on paper.  Join us for a fun-filled evening.

April 2018

posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:01 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

Deuteronomy 11:18:  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them

as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

    What are some of your fondest Easter memories?  Did you attend the Easter vigil?

The sunrise service?  Did you dye Easter eggs?  Have an Easter egg hunt?  Wear an

Easter bonnet?  Hide Easter baskets?  Did you sign Alleluia?   

    Writing Prompt:  Write about the promise of life after death.  What would have

happened if you got to the tomb and the stone was rolled back?  Would you have

believed?  Or would you have been a doubting Thomas?  Write about how you 

celebrated the Easter season.

    COMING UP:  At the April meeting we will welcome Dan Kohn as he comes to 

discuss Bible studies and their use and need.  He will help us understand what is

important and how to present the material.  How do we choose a target audience?

Is it possible to span the whole spectrum of denominations or should we focus on

one?  How do you write a devotional?  Join us Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 7:00 PM 

as we learn from Pastor Dan on how to help people see the life and truth of the Bible.    

 

March 2018

posted Mar 7, 2018, 9:01 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 9:05 PM ]

Proverbs 7:3 - "Tie them on your finger as a reminder.  Write them deep within

your heart."

This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

    What type of writing do you like to do best?  Do you prefer writing short notes to a 

loved one?  Do you like to write poems?  Or how about prose?  Have you set a goal 

regarding your writing?  For example, how long will the piece be?  Are you writing for 

yourself or looking toward being published?  

    Writing Prompt:  Write about the type of writing that you enjoy most.  Is it writing 

short poems or articles?  Is it writing a full-length book?  Or is it somewhere in between?

    COMING UP:  At the March meeting we will discuss the different types of writing as 

well as the different markets, both inside the church and outside, that utilize all styles 

of writing.    

    Come ready to work.  You can work on your own project or join in exercises we'll 

provide.  It could be a poem or a short piece for use in a magazine.  Does your writer 

friend need a review of their writing?  Or do you want to write a piece for your blog?  

Come and be challenged, encouraged, and supported.  Join us on Tuesday, March 13, 

2018, at 7:00 p.m.

February 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 7:31 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 8:04 PM ]

Proverbs 22:1 - "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed

is better than silver or gold."

This month's newsletter is written by Sheila Wilkinson:  

    What do you think of when you hear the phrase a good name?  I think of truthfulness

and integrity.  Our writing is an integral part of who we are as we set forth our ideas and

stories.  May we always strive to be upright and truthful in all of our words that we may claim

the honor of having a good name.  

    Writing Prompt:  Pretend you will be interviewed on television and think of five questions

you would like the interviewer to ask you.  Now, answer those questions. Then take those 

answers and craft them into a short bio or pitch to be used with any of your writing. 

    COMING UP:  At the February meeting we will discuss the nuts and bolts of writing.  Why

do I write?  Must I outline?  How do I know when I'm finished?  How much should I rewrite?

Do I need to edit?  How can I turn telling into showing?  We will have open discussion on 

these areas with time to share ideas for tightening up that flabby writing - both fiction and

nonfiction.  Join us on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.; bring your questions, your

writing, and your examples. 

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