Encouraging Christian Writers
“When you help others do what God created them to do, you share in their achievement.” – John C. Maxwell
Do you have a book in you? Perhaps your ideas can become a short story, magazine article, newspaper column, devotion, or poem. How do you learn to write well, publish, and change the world – or at least your corner of it?
In response to a felt need, we began the Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers in 2007 with seven people and a dream to help train and encourage writers. A recent count showed 53 members, with a mailing list of more than 150 interested people.
Our vision is “to help and encourage each another - whether in writing for Christian publications or writing for the secular press in ways consistent with our Christian faith”.
"OzarksACW is a safe, friendly place to learn and grow as a writer.”– Wanda Higgins
"I highly value the opportunity to upgrade my writing skills…and network with other writers.” – James Cole-Rous
Visitors are welcome to attend any of our nine Second Saturday meetings, September through May, where average attendance is about 35 members and 3 visitors, with a high of 45 members and visitors in March 2016, ranging in age from Middle School to 80+ and more than 1/3 men. We gather about 9:30 am for coffee and fellowship, starting each meeting promptly at 10:00 am, and closing each meeting at 12 noon. After the main meetings, our critique groups go to lunch together at area restaurants to help each other edit current writing drafts.
“I am blessed by the fellowship with Christians of many denominations who accept and understand God inspires me to write.” – Katie Abrams
“I became inspired to write poetry and ponderings each morning that have deepened my communication with God.” – John Pennell
Each meeting has three sections: a mini-series training topic that continues month-to-month, a fellowship break with member-provided snacks to munch while networking with other writers, and a keynote speaker. Each month’s speaker presents in a different genre or writing topic.
A few past topics are: writing non-fiction, interviewing, playwriting, editing, poetry, social networking, writing for children, songwriting, writing devotions, and copyrights.
Past speakers include: Ron Boutwell, founder of Stained Glass Theatre; John Maempa, Director of the National Prayer Center; Barclay Newman, lead translator for the Contemporary English Version of the Bible; Paul Smith, Director of Editorial Services at Gospel Publishing House; Lori Copeland, author of 40+ romance novels; and many others.
“I’m a wanna-be-writer. [OCACW] is a fun way to learn.” – Judy Zimmerman
“Its excellent training keeps me from giving up.” – Tania Gray
“OCACW encourages my blog, which now reaches people around the world.” – John Hill
If you have an interest in learning to write well, are already an author, or want to get back into writing, we are here to help guide you. More information is available at www.OzarksACW.org .
Jeanetta Chrystie, OCACW President