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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. 

January 2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:02 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild

January 2018

posted Dec 6, 2017, 6:01 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 7:23 PM ]

Proverbs 1:5 - "Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get

guidance."

This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

    A new year is upon us and that gives us opportunities to learn new things.  As writers, we 

search for ways we can experiment or improve our writing.  And learning from others is a 

wonderful way to do just that.  This month, join us as we welcome Nathan Aaseng as he shares

with us how the publishing world used to work and how it works now.  He will also provide tips for

becoming a better writer.  

    Writing Prompt:  What topics do you like to write about?  What are your favorite styles of 

writing?   How much time do you spend writing and how much of that time is for pleasure and how

much time is not necessarily for pleasure?  Write about it.

    COMING UP:  During the January meeting, we welcome Nathan Aaseng as he shares about 

how publishing has changed from when he first started writing until now.  He will also explore the

difference between secular and religious writing.  And he will share some tips on how to become 

a more professional writer.  Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 7:00 PM.

December 2017

posted Dec 6, 2017, 4:01 PM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 5:23 PM ]

Luke 2:11 - "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ 

the Lord."

This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

As we move forward into this Christmas season, help us to remember the real reason that we are or 

should be celebrating.  That reason is Jesus Christ, who came to this earth to be a sacrifice for us - 

each and every one of us.  Let us not forget that as we go through the season of celebration.  May 

it also be a season of reflection.

    Writing Prompt:  What traditions make up a part of your Christmas celebration?  How much time 

is spent only with family or do you take time to minister to those less fortunate?  Write about it!

    COMING UP:  During the December meeting, several of our Members will be sharing pieces they 

have written to celebrate this season of love.  Please come and join us as we read our pieces and 

enjoy the Christmas goodies and spending time with each other.

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!

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