AUGUST is a time to WRITE, not to meet and talk about writing

Isaiah 30:8 (TPT) - God told me to write down in a book words meant for the coming generation as an eternal witness. Meditate on this Scripture and let it quicken your spirit and motivate you.
 
The challenge in August is to put your pen or your keyboard to good use so you'll have something to share at our upcoming meetings. We're not asking much: just one to four double-spaced pages. If you haven't written in a while (or ever), consider August your jump-start month. Record the words the Lord is entrusting to you, words only you can write that will inspire, uplift, clarify, entertain, inform, or help readers now and in the years to come. 

7/16/22 Book Marketing 101

Michele Chynoweth, facilitator of our July 16 meeting

Even if you don't have a book published, it's important to look ahead to how you would get what God has entrusted to you into readers' hands. You won't want to miss what Michele Chynoweth has to share about marketing/promotions, your platform, and publicity in her presentation, Book Marketing 101.

 

​If you have a manuscript you would like to have critiqued, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of THREE (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. (Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.) While the members are giving feedback, please do not speak until all have finished unless someone asks a direct question.

 

Please bring a snack to share.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, July 16th!

6/18/2022 "The Word" and I

Pat McKelvey, facilitator of our June 18 meeting

Pat McKelvey was unable to attend at the last minute, so Elizabeth Boerner led us in exploring the following questions based on Philippians 1:6, John 1:1, and Hebrews 12:2:

 
  • How do your personality, gifts, and experiences speak through your writing?
     

  • What and/or who are your greatest inspirations for writing?
     

  • What discourages you from pursuing your writing, and how do or will you overcome it?
     

  • How do you respond to the realization that God has entrusted you with a calling to write what no one else can?
     

  • How does what you write affect your life?
     

There will be time for writing our thoughts and sharing.

 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA ADMINISTRATOR: Great news! Rebecca Jones has volunteered to serve as our Social Media Administrator and has a ton of good ideas on how we can use Facebook to bolster our writing and reach a broader community. We'll be hearing from her as plans begin to formulate.
 
D.C.W.A. ANNUAL MEETING TODAY! Members of the Board are volunteers, and the following individuals are the ones who have stepped forward, so we will have a voice vote to confirm this slate of officers. If anyone is interested in serving on the Board next year, please advise Candy Abbott prior to March 2023.
 
     President  -  Candy Abbott
     Vice President  -  Lisa Falkner
     Secretary - Jackie Pollock
     Treasurer -  Betty Kasperski
     Social Media Administrator - Rebecca Jones
 
REFRESHMENTS: Please bring snacks. After the meeting, we welcome you to join us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch.
 
Hope to see you on Saturday, June 18th!

5/21/22 Tips for More Effective Writing & Critiquing

Lisa Falkner, facilitator of our May 21 meeting
Is your writing author-centered or reader-centered? Is your reader receiving your intended message? Does your writing achieve its intended purpose and evoke a response in your reader? Lisa Falkner, our facilitator for the May 2022 meeting will discuss tips that address these questions and more. We will also cover DCWA's critiquing guidelines and gain some additional tips for more effective critiquing.
 
We will do critiques, so please bring twelve copies of a double-spaced manuscript (3 pages or less, please). 
 
DCWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The officers are: Candy Abbott, President; Lisa Falkner, Vice President; Betty Kasperski, Treasurer; and our newly appointed Secretary, Jackie Pollock. 
 
VOLUNTEERS: The DCWA Facebook group is not being effectively utilized, so we're looking for a volunteer to serve as the Administrator.
 
REFRESHMENTS: Please bring snacks. After the meeting, we welcome you to join us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch.
 

4/16/22 Naysayers & Other Nuisances

Gayle Marie, facilitator of our April 16 meeting
Gayle Marie, April's DCWA facilitator, has a question for you: "Have you ever dealt with a naysayer?"  All of us face discouragement of one sort or another, but how do we handle it when someone puts a damper on our writing goals and/or hinders us from bringing our book over the finish line? We may not even realize the impact someone else's words or attitudes have had on our spirit, mind, will, or emotions. Naysayers and other nuisances have the potential to derail our writer's dreams and stick-to-it-iveness, or they may even alter the course of what we write. This month, we will look at these challenges and focus on what God says about how to deal with them. We will also spend some time writing in Storymatic, which is designed to get your creativity flowing. Then, we can all go home and start putting those Naysayers and other Nuisances to rest.
 
DCWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The officers are: Candy Abbott, President; Lisa Falkner, Vice President; Betty Kasperski, Treasurer; and we have a vacancy for Secretary that needs to be filled. This month and next, we will be accepting nominations, so if you are interested and want to be a part of our decision-making team, toss your hat in the ring. Our election will be held in June.
 
VOLUNTEERS: We're also in need of someone to take responsibility for maintaining the refreshments bin(s). Also, the DCWA Facebook group is not being effectively utilized, so if anyone enjoys social media and wants to serve as the Administrator, please speak up.
 
Refreshments: Please bring snacks. After the meeting, we welcome you to join us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch.
 

2/19/22 Audience - How to Identify Yours

Elizabeth Boerner, facilitator of our February 19th meeting
Join us on Saturday as Elizabeth Boerner teaches on the important topic of audience and how to identify yours. When writing, we always want to keep in mind the "who" behind the "what" if we are to connect with those we hope to impact.
 
How are we keep our readers engaged if we don't give any forethought to who they are and why they would want to read our work? Be part of the fun as we uncover the basic principles that lead us to our literary audience.
 
In the first half of the session, we will pick up where we left off last month by reviewing our homework assignment:
 
  • Decide on a character and complete the Character Sketch Template.
     
  • Using the character you’ve created, choose two Proust Character Questions to answer. 
     
  • Then write a one-page double-spaced manuscript featuring your character. Whether it’s a new short story or part of a manuscript you’re already working on, we’ll be excited to hear what you have written.
 
Don't fret if you were unable to attend last month, and don't let the Character Sketch Template and Proust Character Questions mystify you. We'll have copies available, and you'll catch on quickly as we begin sharing.  
 
Refreshments: Please bring snacks. After the meeting, we welcome you to join us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch.
 
Hope to see you on Saturday!

1/15/22 Developing Characters for Fictional Writing

Gayle Marie, facilitator of our January 2022 meeting
Gayle Marie has prepared a fantastic workshop with exercises to test and strengthen our characters. When you think of your favorite character from your most cherished books or movies, what is it about that character that resonates with you? Is it their appearance? Their voice? A quirky habit or physical limitation that makes you laugh or cry? What makes them so convincing? This month we will explore ways to develop your characters so they'll resonate with your audience (we'll elaborate on the importance of identifying your audience at another meeting). Gayle's handouts alone are a good reason to be there on the 15th. Topics we will discuss are:
 
*Characters (Protagonist and Antagonist)
*Characterization in Fiction vs. Nonfiction
*Character Arc
*Developing a Character Sketch

12/16/21 Pot Luck Writing

Betty Kasperski will facilitate our December meeting

POT LUCK WRITING: This is a Pot Luck meeting with a Christmas theme. Please four pages of something you have written to read aloud, preferably something holiday-related. If we have time for more, those who have a long-term project you would like to revive may bring four additional pages. We won't be critiquing this time, just enjoying your creativity and discussing what is read.

 

Also at this meeting, we'll discuss topics you'd be interested in learning about in 2022 and ask for volunteers to lead our meetings. We already have some commitments: January 15 (Gayle Marie, "Developing Your Characters/Targeting Your Audience), February 19 (Elizabeth Boerner, "Critiques, Critiques, Critiques"), March 19 (Linda Hostelley), April 16 (Gayle Marie, "Naysayers and Other Nuisances"), and June 18 (Michele Chynoweth, "Book Marketing 101"). We need teachings and facilitators for the following third Saturdays: May 21, July 16, August 20 (or should we take this month off?), Sept. 17 (Collins Pond?), October 15, November 19, and December 17. 

 
POT LUCK FOOD: Please bring Christmas snacks and hearty refreshments as we'll be having lunch together during our meeting.
Gayle Marie will facilitate our October meeting

Our facilitator for October is Gayle Marie, and she'll be leading a meeting that promises to be different from any we have had before. Why? Because Abundant Life Church, our new home, is holding their outreach campaign, "The Way Forward,” on the third Saturday of October, the same day as our meeting. Rather than this being a conflict, Gayle sees it as a ministry opportunity for us as Christian writers. The church has invited the poor, the homeless, and those who are down on their luck to come for an uplifting day. They'll offer showers, haircuts, clothes washing, application forms, job interviews, lunch, and personal ministry.

 

In all our years of being a Christian organization, we have never engaged in purposeful outreach.

 

This is our chance!

 

DCWA members can play a vital role in "The Way Forward" by befriending a guest and interacting with him or her.  

10/16/21 "The Way Forward" Outreach Campaign

7/17/21 Collins Pond Retreat

Jenna Caraway and Cali (or maybe her name will be Charlie this year).

Our September meeting will be hosted by Jenna Caraway at Collins Pond. This annual retreat by the pond in a wooded setting has been a tradition for DCWF for many years. Begun by her mother, Wilma, who is fondly remembered, it promises to be a relaxing, inspiring, and entertaining day since one or more of Jenna's puppets will surely make an appearance.

 

Let's hear directly from Jenna about what she has planned:

 

As most of you know, I have a passion for puppets and have been writing for my characters. I attended the International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention as I do annually. So, in addition to the writing games I have planned for us, I thought I would bring you all into my world a bit, not too much so don't be afraid. Topics we will discuss are:

 

- What I have learned about writing from the convention

- Character development

- Very, very basic puppetry/ventriloquism

- Creative play

We hope this sparks your interest and you will be able to join us for the fun. Please bring your own bag lunch and food to share (coffee cake, salad, dessert). Water will be provided. You might want to bring a folding chair to sit on the deck.
 

DIRECTIONS: 

 

FROM HARDEES IN GEORGETOWN
CORNER OF 113 AND 404/18 (Seashore Highway) 
Drive west on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 6.3 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Wilson Hill Road is the first intersection past Elmer's Market. Turn right onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM THE 13 AND 404 INTERSECTION IN BRIDGEVILLE
Drive east on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 4.5 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM RT. 13 IN SEAFORD
Drive north on Rt. 13 to Rt. 18 (the Wright Auto Sales intersection
). Turn right onto Rt. 18. Drive 1.4 miles to 404/18. Turn right onto 404/18 (Seashore Highway). Drive approximately 2.7 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FOR ALL
FROM THE INTERSECTION OF WILSON HILL ROAD AND SEASHORE HIGHWAY (404/18) TO THE PAVILION
Drive 3/10 mile (to the 7th house on the left) on Wilson Hill Road to Gum Island Road (a stone road), Turn left onto Gum Island Road. Drive .1 mile on Gum Island Road to the entrance on the LEFT to the Collins Pond Pavilion.

 

QUESTIONS? Call Jenna at 214.908.4771 (cell phone) or 302.337.7181 (home) for questions before the event. 

 

7/17/21 The Power of Therapeutic Writing

Candy Abbott, facilitator for the July 2021 meeting
God has called us to write for others, but do we recognize how powerfully the exercise of stringing words together can be for us personally? Writing helps us track our spinning thoughts and feelings, which can lead to key insights. Candy will share three types of therapeutic writing from an article written by Margarita Tartakovsky: Journaling, Pen Poetry, and Letter Writing. Tell us how your writing has helped you work through some of the roller-coaster moments of your life.
 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: If you have a WIP (work in progress) you would like us to critique, please bring 10 copies of no more than FOUR double-spaced pages. Click HERE for further DCWA critiquing guidelines

 

REFRESHMENTS: Please bring something to share.

 

ZOOM WITH US! Unable to come to Georgetown for the meeting? Join us via Zoom! Contact Candy Abbott for the meeting I.D. and passcode. 

 

6/19/21 A Tisket A Tasket, I Found My Writing Basket

Michael and Virginia Derrickson, facilitators for the March 2020 meeting
Come, join the fun as we explore the background of a famous nursery rhyme. We will use items from a basket filled with motivational tools to encourage one another. The fun will continue with a free-write designed to get your juices flowing.
 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: If you have a WIP (work in progress) you would like us to critique, please bring 10 copies of no more than FOUR double-spaced pages. Click HERE for further DCWA critiquing guidelines

 

REFRESHMENTS: Please bring something to share.

 

ZOOM WITH US! If you're interested in joining us via Zoom, please email Candy Abbott for the meeting I.D. and passcode. Judi Folmsbee is moving to Virginia to be near her son and this prompted us to consider using Zoom so we can stay connected. If you're unable to join us in person, maybe this would work for you, too!

 

5/15/21 "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS" (Get Your Book Done Right)

Michele Chynoweth, facilitator of our May meeting
Michele Chynoweth, best-selling author, editor, and book coach, will lead the May meeting and present a workshop entitled "For Such a Time as This" (Get Your Book Done Right). Have you been feeling a little fearful, in doubt, or just experiencing plain old ‘writer’s block’ this past year during the pandemic? Well, you’re in good company! For some, writing their books during the past year has been easy…and for others, a struggle. Whether you’re still facing the first few pages or you’re trying to cross the finish line, Michele will share some tried and true tips and tactics – as well as some old fashioned faith and hope – that will help you get writing and fulfill your dreams a little easier and faster than ever before! She’ll also share advice about getting started on the publishing path and your marketing platform wherever you are on your journey so you can “hit the ground running”… because there’s never been a better time than this to get your book done.
 
This teaching promises to be one of substance. Please spread the word among your fellow writers so we will have a good turnout. 
 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: If you have a WIP (work in progress) you would like us to critique, please bring 10 copies of no more than FOUR double-spaced pages. Click HERE for further DCWA critiquing guidelines

 

REFRESHMENTS: Please bring something to share.

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Judi Folmsbee is moving to Virginia to be near her son and this will be her last meeting in person. To keep connected, we'll be setting up Zoom from now on.

 

4/17/21 Stimulate Your Creativity

Lisa Falkner, facilitator for the DCWA April meeting 2021
Though most of us writers have a particular genre we gravitate toward, it is good to step out of our comfort zone to try new things. Creative writing, and poetry in particular, can stimulate our creativity, expand our thinking, and help us to strengthen our writing skills. We will discuss recommended tips for writing poetry and consider a few styles of poetry. We will also have an opportunity to write one. Let’s have some fun! You might be a poet and just don’t know it! Here is a chance to show it! 
 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: If you have a WIP (work in progress) you would like us to critique, please bring 10 copies of no more than FOUR double-spaced pages (note we have increased the page count). Click HERE for further DCWA critiquing guidelines. 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Please bring something to share.

3/20/21 Choices, Chances, and Changes

Candy Abbott, facilitator for the DCWA March meeting 2021
Candy Abbott will lead the March meeting. Judi Folmsbee provided the following quote as a discussion-starter: "You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change." Rather than having a presentation this month, we'll reflect on how we as writers have made different choices over the years that positioned us to take a chance that caused us to change and grow in our lives or in our writing. Give some thought to pivotal points when you had to exercise courage, where it led, and how that decision did or didn't influence or shape your writing. 
 
 

2/20/21 "Honoring Your Heroes"

Betty Kasperski, facilitator of our February meeting
 

Betty Kasperski, facilitator of our February meeting, will lead a discussion to help you determine who the heroes are in your life. Will it be an influential teacher, family member, older sibling, pastor, parent, or a more famous person? As we focus on the qualities of a hero, you may surprise yourself by who jumps to the head of your list. Come, join in our game of finding and then honoring your heroes.

 

 
 
 
 
 

1/16/21 "Forgiveness - Our Lives & Our Writing"

Fred Hageman, facilitator of our January meeting
 

Fred Hageman will facilitate our January meeting and lead a discussion on forgiveness. Are we as Christian writers exemplifying this characteristic of Christ? Are we extending it to others? Does it show up in our writing? Does it show up in our writing? Let's consider how we can inspire one another and our readers to practice this key element of our faith.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

November 16, 2019

What Does the Bible Say About Writing?

Judi Folmsbee, facilitator for our November meeting

Judi has been researching what the Bible says about writing things down. Come to the meeting and find out what she discovered.

 

CRITIQUING: Please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.

 

Refreshments: Jodie Green and Judi Folmsbee

 

After the meeting, if your schedule permits, meet us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch and conversation.

  

September 21, 2019

COLLINS POND RETREAT

20202 Gum Island Road

(or Kennedy Road on old GPS)

Georgetown, DE 19947

Jenna Caraway, facilitator for our annual Collins Pond Retreat (with Throck)

Our September meeting will be hosted by Jenna Caraway at Collins Pond. This annual retreat by the pond in a wooded setting has been a tradition for DCWF for many years. Begun by her mother, Wilma, who is fondly remembered, it promises to be a relaxing, inspiring, and entertaining day since one or more of Jenna's puppets will surely make an appearance.

 

Let's hear directly from Jenna about what she has planned:

 

As most of you know, I have a passion for puppets and have been writing for my character, Throck, for more than ten years. (He has a lot to say.) I also have attended the VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention for many years. (Yes, they have a convention for ventriloquists.)

 

So, I thought I would bring you all into my world a bit, not too much so don't be afraid. Topics we will discuss are:

 

  • What I have learned about writing from the convention.
  • Character development
  • Very, very basic puppetry/ventriloquism
  • Creative play

We hope this sparks your interest and you will come and enjoy the fun. Please bring your own bag lunch and food to share (coffee cake, salad, dessert). Cold drinks will be provided. Jenna and Betty Kasperski will coordinate. You might want to bring a folding chair to sit on the deck.

 

DIRECTIONS: 

FROM HARDEES IN GEORGETOWN
CORNER OF 113 AND 404/18 (Seashore Highway) 
Drive west on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 6.3 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Wilson Hill Road is the first intersection past Elmer's Market. Turn right onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM THE 13 AND 404 INTERSECTION IN BRIDGEVILLE
Drive east on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 4.5 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM RT. 13 IN SEAFORD
Drive north on Rt. 13 to Rt. 18 (the Wright Auto Sales intersection
). Turn right onto Rt. 18. Drive 1.4 miles to 404/18. Turn right onto 404/18 (Seashore Highway). Drive approximately 2.7 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FOR ALL
FROM INTERSECTION OF WILSON HILL ROAD AND SEASHORE HIGHWAY (404/18) TO THE PAVILION
Drive 3/10 mile (to the 7th house on the left) on Wilson Hill Road to Gum Island Road (a stone road), Turn left onto Gum Island Road. Drive .1 mile on Gum Island Road to the entrance on the LEFT to the Collins Pond Pavilion.

 

QUESTIONS? Call Jenna at 214.908.4771 (cell phone) or 302.337.7181 (home) for questions before the event. 

 

Refreshments: Everyone bring your own bag lunch and food to share (coffee cake, salad, dessert). Cold drinks will be provided. Jenna and Betty Kasperski will coordinate.

June 15, 2019

LET ME INTRODUCE ME TO MYSELF

Rebecca Jones, facilitator for the June 2019 meeting
Rebecca Jones is facilitating our June meeting. "When it comes to writing," she says, "our biggest hindrance isn't an agent, publisher, illustrator, or editor. Most times, the hindrance that keeps us from our best writing is ourselves. Come, discover who you are. Bring some paper and a pen, as well." 
 
 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

May 18, 2019

GOD'S GUEST LIST

Betty Lewis Kasperski, facilitator for the May 2019 meeting
Betty Lewis Kasperski, author and lay minister, will give a presentation entitled, "God's Guest List" for the teaching portion of our May meeting. We encounter so many people in our lives. But who has been placed there by God for us? Come and learn how to recognize God’s guests in our lives and those we are called to influence. 
 
We will conclude the meeting at 11:30 because of a church special event. Also, the teaching will be at the beginning of the meeting.
 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Virginia/Michael Derrickson and Claire Smith will provide refreshments.

April 20, 2019

PERFECTION?

Lisa Falkner, facilitator for the April 2019 meeting

Do you feel pressured to write the "perfect" book because you care so much about sharing a message that will touch hearts and lives? Feeling the pressure to be perfect can turn into fear of failure and/or fear of success, then frustration, and finally, procrastination. Lisa Falkner will be sharing information from "8 Keys to Writing a Powerful Faith-Based Book by Jerry Jenkins." Anyone who would like a copy of the handout can email Lisa at mamalisafalkner@gmail.com and she will email it to you.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Nannette Bassette and Lisa Falkner will provide refreshments for April.

March 16, 2019

CELTIC SPIRITUALITY AND WRITING

Marilyn Emanuel, facilitator for the March 2019 meeting

It’s time to get your GREEN on at … Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship! On March 16, we will briefly examine Celtic spirituality before and after Saint Patrick and the important role of writing in Celtic culture. A leprechaun may even bring a few fun limericks, or bring your own. Our group is open to all. The presentation will be led by Marilyn Emanuel, who has Irish, Scot and Welsh heritage and has been dancing the Irish jig since she was a child.


Come meet with others in a warm, encouraging fellowship, where we can share what sets our hearts on fire, our faith, and our writing!


Please join us: For more information, please contact Marilyn Emanuel at emanuelmarilyn@gmail.com or (302) 827-1007.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Mary Emma Tisinger and Judi Folmsbee will provide refreshments for March. 

 

February 16, 2019

LINKING POETRY TO STORY

Ben Patterson, facilitator for the February 2019 meeting

Ben will lead us in a discussion about using poetry as the basis for a story. Bring a favorite poem of your own creation. Many have read my book, Timebound, which will be used as an example of one story archetype.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Candy Abbott will bring the goodies for February. Ideally, we would have two volunteers providing refreshments each month, so feel free to supplement Candy's contribution with a little something else, and consider signing up for another month. March is covered, but please help us fill the void for April, May, June, July, September, and November. 

 

January 19, 2019

NEW YEAR, NEW WRITER!

Pam Halter, guest speaker for the January 2019 meeting

Candy Abbott will facilitate our January meeting on the 19th and has invited Pam Halter to give the teaching, "New Year, New Writer!" No matter where you are in your writing journey, a new year presents fresh possibilities. Pam will talk about some of the challenges that new writers face as well as provide some encouragement for those who have been writing for a while.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: We don't have anyone listed for this month's refreshments, so Candy Abbott will provide the goodies. Ideally, we would have two people volunteering, and we need others to sign up for: 

 

JOIN US AFTER THE MEETING for lunch (Dutch treat) at the Georgetown Family Restaurant. 

December 15, 2018

The "Write" Time

Lisa Falkner, facilitator for the December 2018 meeting

Lisa Falkner will facilitate our December meeting on the 19th (this Saturday) and has chosen "The Write Time" for our theme. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior and the end of another year, she hopes to help us ignite our creativity by responding to writing prompts. No groaning, please. Writing prompts can help us stretch beyond our comfort zones. Let’s have some fun!

 

The main item of business will be to solicit volunteers to fill a variety of roles for 2019. Primarily, we're seeking commitments from those who are interested in facilitating a meeting and/or providing refreshments for the following dates (3rd Saturday): January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, (no meeting in August), September 21, October 19 (Vine & Vessels Conference), November 16, December 21.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. If you're interested, please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

REFRESHMENTS: This is our Christmas meeting, and thanks to the tradition that David Smith initiated decades ago, all who attend are encouraged to bring holiday goodies. In addition to sweets, please consider offerings that would be suitable for lunch. Mmmm.

November 17, 2018

Crafting Successful Author School Visits

Judi Folmsbee, facilitator for the November 2018 meeting

Judi recently attended a three-day workshop sponsored by Highlights, and she'll share with us some of the things she learned about creating and delivering an impressive school visit.

 

School visits are a powerful way to get your book into the hands of readers. But how do you take what you've written or illustrated and turn it into an attention-grabbing presentation for kids? The workshop gave Judi strategies for creating and delivering engaging talks, information on developing materials for teachers and

students, and guidelines for developing other promotional tools. Lots of time was spent on how to speak on your subject and engage the audience in front of you.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. Please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

Refreshments: Elizabeth Boerner and Celine Stuart

July 21, 2018

Sentence Structure and Context

Ben Patterson, facilitator for the July 2018 meeting

 

Ben Patterson will guide us through some exercises regarding sentence structure and context, touching on paragraph and sequential ordering of thought. For example: When is it okay to use a run-on sentence or a single word sentence fragment in a paragraph? If anyone has an example or several, this session will be the ideal time to explore the possibilities. Samples can be taken from in your own work, from an article or book, etc.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. Please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

Refreshments: Lisa Falkner and Donna Carver

June 16, 2018

Speakers Sell More Books!

A warm welcome back to Michele Chynoweth, our special guest presenter for June's meeting

 

An award-winning Toastmaster as well as an award-winning author, Michele Chynoweth learned early on that speakers sell more books. She took lessons from pros like Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and began presenting workshops and landing speaking gigs at churches, Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, women's groups, and more. She'll teach you the basics about overcoming your fears, vocal variety, writing a good speech, engaging your audience, even incorporating humor so that you'll have them hanging onto every word and then lining up to buy your books!

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts. Please bring 20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to Layout and click Line Numbering). 

 

Refreshments: Elizabeth Boerner and Judi Folmsbee

May 19, 2018

INSPIRATION!

Celine Stuart will facilitate our May meeting

INSPIRATION: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Synonyms: creativity, inventiveness, innovation, ingenuity, genius, imagination, originality 

 

     In this journey together, we will view the literal word, philosophical idea, thoughtful theory, and emotional association of INSPIRATION. We will tour the history and meaning as well as discover how we are inspired. Is our inspiration positive or negative? Is it fiction or nonfiction? Is it physical or emotional? 

     Please join us for some delightful sharing, thought-provoking conversation, insightful philosophies, and fascinating ponderings that will illuminate your mind and spark your creativity. To explore your own inspiration, we will have a couple of prompted free writes. 

     Because this teaching is in workshop format, we will omit manuscript critiques this month. 

 

 

April 21, 2018

CRITIQUES: Guidelines and Your Manuscripts

Rebecca Jones will facilitate our April DCWF meeting

We’ve all had our work critiqued at one time or another. However, have you ever felt as though the piece you feel is God-breathed–the piece you shed sweat and tears over–is picked apart like a piece of roadkill by ravenous vultures? How can we, as a Christian group, edify, encourage, and reprove the works presented? Also, how can we as writers learn to not become discouraged or easily offended by the critique process?

Rebecca Jones will focus on the value and process of manuscript critiques, using the Bible as our guide. She will provide handouts of the guidelines that are posted on the DCWF website (meetings/critiques), and we'll review the guidelines to see if they can be improved.

 

CRITIQUING: Please bring 10-20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.

 

March 17, 2018

Arianna Fox: Writing/Speaking/Marketing Entrepreneur 

Arianna Fox, guest presenter for March's meeting

 

 

Our Guest: Arianna Fox
 
Known across the region as a little ball of joy and energy, 11-year-old Arianna is not your average tween! Even at this tender age, she has actively and energetically made an impact. Business chamber presidents know and love her. Local business owners, organization leaders, other kids, and parents all know how powerful, mature, and extremely impacting she is on everyone she meets.
 
Arianna continues to “wow” others with her ability to connect, help and interact. The next Kidpreneur in the making, Arianna is currently writing a book, speaking and participating in many events to help others. Her focus recently has been on speaking and influencing others, especially those that are interested in succeeding. She is gearing up to make an impact in the lives of children and youth, while at the same time empowering adults – all who strive to succeed in reaching their fullest potential.
 
Ari has been writing since she was six or seven years old. She authored her first published book early 2017, The Princess Chronicles: Not your average princesses. She has currently completed her newest Young Adult fiction book entitled False Awakening, which is in the process of production and promotion. She is a monthly contributor for K.I.S.H. Magazine and has been interviewed multiple times by a variety of media outlets, including Disney's Babble and Delaware News Journal. She has taught professionals in Social Media and is Involved with the family business, SPLASH DESIGNWORKS LLC, as Jr. Marketing Director and soon-to-be “Social Samurai.” For more information, visit her website at BigIdeasKC.com. 
 
At our March meeting, Arianna will talk about: How she got started, why she writes, how her writing affects others, and she will give an exhortation to adult Christian authors. This is going to be one AWESOME meeting!
 
There will be no time for manuscript critiques this month.
 
Lunch (Dutch treat) at the Georgetown Family Restaurant following the meeting for those who are able to attend.

 

The facilitator for the March meeting will be Candy Abbott.

REFRESHMENTS: Judi Folmsbee will provide refreshments for the March meeting (Rebecca Jones will bring supplies). 

 

 

February 17, 2018

It Takes One to Know One (Character Development)

Michele Chynoweth, guest presenter for February's meeting

 

 

 
Our Guest: Michele Chynoweth
 
During the past 15 years, award-winning author Michele Chynoweth has worked with a variety of editors and has developed a tried and true process for developing characters that is fun, flexible, and really works (from coming up with names to creating profiles that portray your characters' physical, emotional, and spiritual attributes). She will help you develop believable, compelling characters that readers can really connect with, who make you laugh, cry, and care. Part of that, of course, entails writing dialog that isn't contrived but natural, isn't boring but memorable. A screenplay writer as well, she'll even teach you how thinking like a movie director can help! She will include tips on how to write in various dialects, accents, and more when your characters call for it. She will also discuss how research plays a part and take a look at some of the most memorable characters of all time.

 

The facilitator for the February meeting will be Candy Abbott.

CRITIQUING: Please note that we have changed the guidelines to 10-20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.

REFRESHMENTS: Candy Abbott will provide refreshments for the February meeting (Rebecca Jones will bring supplies). 

 

 

January 20, 2018

Your Writing Vision, Mission, and Goals for 2018

Lisa Falkner, facilitator for January's meeting

 

Lisa Falkner challenged us in December to identify our Writing Vision, Mission, and Goals for 2018. Because of the holidays and inclement weather, a number of our members were unable to attend. Lisa's presentation was so well received and the time was so short that we decided to continue the exercise at our January meeting.  

 

Habakkuk 2:2 states: “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”  Proverbs 29:18 mentions that “where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” 

 

Vision is important to help us pursue our dreams. What is your vision for your writing? What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you going to reach? How are you going to get there? Join Lisa Falkner as she shares tips for developing a personal vision, mission, and goals for your writing.  We will be provided with questions and tips to help us stay focused, accountable, and productive in our writing in the coming year.

 

CRITIQUING: Please note that we have changed the guidelines to 10-20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.

REFRESHMENTS: Rebecca Jones will be the keeper of the refreshments bag with our supplies. Betty Kasperski has volunteered to provide the food.

 

 

November 18, 2017

My Prayer Pack

Judi Folmsbee will facilitate the November DCWF meeting. Her teaching segment will be "My Prayer Pack" and how it can help every writer. In this bag will be thoughts, Bible verses, and items to help you through times when your brain is stuck and your fingers or keys won't move. 

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts (bring up to 5 pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-pt. font).

 

Elizabeth Boerner is coordinating refreshments for us this month.

 

DECEMBER MEETING:

We will need to find a new location for our December meeting and will discuss this, so give it some thought.

 

CONTEST: 

Hunter Branch (who works with 21-time New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins), has offered DCWF a free one-year membership to the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild. Please refer to the attached PDF to learn what the Guild offers. In order to identify the person who would be the best fit for this opportunity, Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship is hosting a contest with the following guidelines:

 

Qualification: Contestants must have attended one DCWF meeting in the past twelve months.

 

Submission: Contestants will submit a 250-word essay on why they think this free one-year Guild membership would be beneficial to their writing. The essay should be double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Do not include any identifiable name, email, or other contact information on the essay so judging can be done anonymously. The essay will be kept separate from the submission email and only matched after the winner is determined. Consider this a professional submission and take care to edit your manuscript thoroughly because grammar, punctuation, and quality content will be taken into consideration. 

 

Deadline: Entries must be emailed to info@delmarvawriters.com no later than midnight on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

 

Judges: Candy Abbott and Elizabeth Boerner will prayerfully review entries and make the decision.

 

Winner Announced: The winner of the contest will be announced at our next DCWF meeting on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Tunnell Hall at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. 

 

Acceptance: Upon acceptance of this free one-year membership, the winner's first name and email will be submitted to Hunter who will create the Guild membership account. 

 

 

 

September 16, 2017

Collins Pond Retreat - "Under the Sea"

Jenna Caraway, Wilma's daughter (pictured here with her puppet, Throck), and her brother Gerald have reserved the Collins Pond Pavilion to carry on the tradition of our annual retreat that Wilma began. A big thanks to Jenna for hosting this event for us!

 

Everyone should bring their own bag lunch and a food to share, i.e., breakfast cake, salad, or dessert. Please email Betty Kasperski (betstepx@yahoo.com), by Tuesday.Sept 12th what they are bringing. Cold drinks will be provided. Jenna and Betty Kasperski will coordinate.

 

The theme will be "Under the Sea."  There will be a short puppet show by Jenna with a free write reflecting the "Under the Sea" theme. There will be an opportunity for photos with the sea backdrop. Members are encouraged to share a sweet or funny story about an experience with Wilma. Betty will lead a mini-lesson, "Recording Your Story," with a four to five question handout. Free-write to relate to an "Under the Sea" suggestion of topics or the lesson. We will not be critiquing manuscripts this time.


DIRECTIONS: 

 

FROM HARDEES IN GEORGETOWN
CORNER OF 113 AND 404/18 (Seashore Highway) 
Drive west on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 6.3 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Wilson Hill Road is the first intersection past Elmer's Market. Turn right onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM THE 13 AND 404 INTERSECTION IN BRIDGEVILLE
Drive east on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 4.5 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FROM RT. 13 IN SEAFORD
Drive north on Rt. 13 to Rt. 18. (The intersection where Wright Auto Sales is located.) Turn right onto Rt. 18. Drive 1.4 miles to 404/18. Turn right onto 404/18 (Seashore Highway). Drive approximately 2.7 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)


FOR ALL
FROM INTERSECTION OF WILSON HILL ROAD AND SEASHORE HIGHWAY (404/18) TO THE PAVILION
Drive 3/10 mile (to the 7th house on the left) on Wilson Hill Road to Gum Island Road (a stone road), Turn left onto Gum Island Road. Drive .1 mile on Gum Island Road to the entrance on the LEFT to the Collins Pond Pavilion.

 

QUESTIONS? Call Jenna at 214.908.4771 (cell phone) or 302.337.7181 (home) for questions before the event. Candy can be reached at 302.542.8510 (cell) or 302.856.6649 (home).

 

July 15, 2017

Have You Built Your Brand?

Elizabeth Boerner will facilitate our July meeting. Her teaching segment will be about building your brand and why branding is important when it comes to marketing. What is branding? It’s the perception that a consumer has when they hear or think of your company name, service or product. A good brand will achieve the following:  

  • Clearly delivers the message 
  • Confirms your credibility  
  • Emotionally connects your target prospects with your product and/or service. 
  • Motivates the buyer to buy 
  • Creates user loyalty 

Even if you haven't yet written a book, it's not too early to begin identifying your unique brand.

 

If time permits, we will critique manuscripts (bring up to 4 pages, double-spaced,   1" margins, 12-pt. font).  

 

Rebecca Jones will provide refreshments.

 

 

April 15, 2017

Biblical Inspiration

Rebecca Jones will facilitate our April meeting. She would like us to bring our three favorite Bible verses along with a writing implement and some paper.

 

We will also critique manuscripts (bring 5 pages max., double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font). If time permits. 

 

Thelma Jones will provide refreshments.

 

 

March 18, 2017

Serenity? Writing To, For, and About Addicts

Marilyn Emanuel will facilitate our March meeting. She will lead a discussion that will address:

 

- What is Addiction?

- How is Addiction a Family Disease? 

- What are the Unique Challenges for Writing about Addiction?

- What are the Special Opportunities for Writing about Addiction?

 

Marilyn Watrous Emanuel, earned a B.A., English, from the University of MD, and MS., Pastoral Counseling, from Loyola University in MD. A former Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she worked for 24 years as a psychotherapist, combining her pastoral counseling skills with expertise as an addictions and family counselor. For sixteen years, Ms. Emanuel worked at Father Martin’s Ashley (now Ashley, Inc.) which was ranked among the top five U.S. residential treatment centers. There, she established their first Family Wellness Program, using her writing skills to develop a workbook for Ashley families, from which she trained Russian counselors to offer the first family program in their country. 


Marilyn has spoken to professionals and in churches and has contributed to company and church newsletters. She worked professionally in the United Methodist Church and is an ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon. She was an ordained healing minister at Grace Fellowship, Timonium MD and led Bible Studies and church programs for almost fifty years. She is married with two daughters and two granddaughters, worships at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach, and enjoys writing.

 

We will also critique manuscripts (bring 5 pages max., double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font). If time permits.

 

Refreshments will be coordinated by Elizabeth Boerner. 

 

 

February 18, 2017

"Passive Voice"

Ben Patterson will facilitate our February meeting, and he says the topic will be simply "Passive Voice." He will lead open discussion on how to recognize and avoid the use of passive voice (and techniques for using active voice instead. We will critique manuscripts (bring 5 pages max., double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font). If time permits, we will have a free-write.  

 

 

January 21, 2017

Babes in Toyland

Betty Kasperski will facilitate our January meeting, with Judi Folmsbee handling refreshments.

 

Our theme, "Babes in Toyland," is based on a free-write that Betty has planned for us. Jog your memory and recall a special toy, game, or memory from your childhood. It may be a doll, Lite-Brite, Barbie, Cabbage Patch kid, Super-hero, stuffed animal, or even an imaginary friend. Think about how you interacted with it; what it meant to you. In our timed, writing reflection exercise you will be asked to write about it. We will get your creative juices going and find a memory that only you can share. Think about it and bring the item with you if you can. Fun awaits! 

 

If you have a work-in-progress, please bring your manuscript for critique (max. 5 pages, double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font).

 

Agenda:  9:15 opening prayer/devotion, sharing around the table, 2 minutes only please; 10:00 Break; 10:15 lesson and free-write, 11:15 -12:00 Critiques. Noon: Adjourn/cleanup

 

 

November 19, 2016 

The Ultimate Book Launch

Judi Folmsbee will facilitate our November meeting and teach from The Ultimate Book Launch Guide – 33 Ideas Any Author Can Use

written by Jared Dees. The book marketing journey, according to Jared Dees, is broken down into seven steps for the ideal reader:

 

1. Know the book exists.

2. Like and trust the author of the book.

3. Try the book.

4. Buy the book. (The Bridge)

5. Read the book.

6. Review the book.

7. Refer the book to a friend.

 

I will go through each step and give examples (personal and from Jared’s online book), using a bridge as an analogy. Once over the bridge, it is the responsibility of the author to unite with the ideal reader to lead this new group of people by encouraging them to try other books of yours, buy your products, take your online courses, or attend your book launch party.

Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Conference

"Fall Into Writing"

 

Sat., October 15, 2016

8 AM - 3 PM

Crossroad Community Church
20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

Co-hosted by three Sussex County Christian Writers Fellowship groups:
Vine & Vessels Christian • Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship

• Kingdom Writers Fellowship

September 17, 2016 

Find Out About Flash Fiction

Rebecca Jones, meeting facilitator for September 2016

Rebecca Jones, storyteller extraordinaire, will lead our September 17th meeting and teach us about Flash Fiction. She'll go over definitions of flash fiction and how it can help people while as they write their own books. Many people at the Fellowship have, no doubt, used the methods of flash fiction when writing stories for magazines and such. I'll have some examples and will encourage others to at least begin something.

 

If you have a work in progress (WIP) you would like critiqued, please bring 10-20 copies of up to five double-spaced pages (one-inch margins, 12 pt. font). See Critique Guidelines for further info.

 

Rebecca will also be providing refreshments. 

July 16, 2016 

Blessed to be a Blessing

Diana Pletts, facilitator for the July 2016 meeting

Diana Pletts, facilitator of the July meeting, says: In my life as a writer/recovering writer, I have met with both struggles and successes. In my most recent period of struggle, I realized that writing is more than success or failure. Writing is also a gift of communication that God has not given to everyone. This has helped me realize, during times when my writing life seems incoherent, stagnant (or other), that I can use my gifts as a writer to bless people or organizations that need help with their communications.

 

As writers, we can provide assistance to not for profits, churches, and friends and family by using our gifts and skills in ways that are not a big deal for us but that solve a problem for someone else. Blessing others by assisting them with our writing skills is a simple matter of applying our writing skills to help them get the word out through public service announcements, their resume written, a book review written, or whatever the need is. 

 

During the July meeting, I will show what and how to say it, and where. This is a way to keep on writing and blessing another in the process, even when your writing doesn't seem to be blessing you. We are blessed, in our gift of writing, to be a blessing. And that just might tide us over.

 

CRITIQUE:

Bring up to five double-spaced pages of your WIP (work in progress) if you want a critique during the meeting. We will do our best to be sure we fit them in.

 

REFRESHMENTS:

This month's refreshments will be provided by Rebecca Jones

June 18, 2016 

Story Board Meets Commercial

Elizabeth Boerner, facilitator for the June 2016 meeting

Elizabeth Boerner, Fruitbearer publicist, is facilitating our June meeting. Her topoic, “Story Board Meets Commercial,” will be a great tool to explore the how-to’s behind simplifying your thoughts when it comes to your book and its focus. Even if you do not have a book completed for publishing, it is never too early to know who you are writing for, where your sellable location is, and the key components that sell a book. Get ready for a writing exercise that will help you see your book through the eyes of the masses. Come prepared for FUN! This interactive learning will be a great tool you will use for a long time.

 

Bring up to five double-spaced pages of your WIP (work in progress) if you want a critique during the meeting. We will do our best to be sure we fit them in.

 

This month's refreshments will be provided by Debra Fitzgerald.

May 21, 2016 

Dialogue with Created Characters

Michael and Virginia Derrickson, facilitators for the May 21st DCWF meeting 2016

Virginia Derrickson, one of our newer members, is jumping right in to facilitate the May meeting. She'll help us bring our characters to life through the use of tags and dialogue. Get ready to interact with your characters!

 

If you have a WIP (Work In Progress) and want a critique, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (no more than five pages), 12 point text, 1" margins.  

 

This month's refreshments will be provided by the Derricksons.

April 16, 2016 

The Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric of Writing

Stephen Klyce, facilitator for the April 16th DCWF meeting 2016

Does your language—no matter the target audience or writing style—stir up deep feelings? Consider borrowing (consciously or subconsciously) elements of Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric from lyricists and composers of Songs of the Heart. Stephen Klyce and Leslie Claunch will utilize elements of Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric to help us gain new insight into our present writings. Song lyrics that are melded and molded into unforgettable tunes can speak to us and sear themselves into our memory banks. Beautiful melodies and poignant texts are a surefire way to stir our deepest emotions. That's why Music is often termed our "universal language." Come prepared to stir old memories and make new music with your words as Stephen and Leslie share their favorite tunes and texts, old and new, from Baroque to Broadway, from serious to showtime. Put another "poetic chisel" into your writer's toolbox.​

 

If you have a WIP (Work In Progress) and want a critique, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (no more than five pages), 12 pt. text, 1" margins.  

 

April refreshments will be provided by Betty Kasperski and Judi Folmsbee.

March 19, 2016 

It's All About ME!

Betty Kasperski, facilitator for the March 19th DCWF meeting 2016

Tap into your strengths to produce your best writing. It’s time to explore the best in you and develop your special gift. Betty will also share five important teachings she gained from the Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference. Come and grow!

 

If you want your work critiqued, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (five pages of less).  

 

Refreshments will be provided by Candy Abbott and Rebecca Jones.

February 20, 2016 

The Art of Critique and Rewrite

Ben Patterson, facilitator for the February 20th DCWF meeting 2016

Ben Patterson will facilitate our February meeting. He requests that you bring your own written work for critique. We will spend much-needed time on your work. If the schedule permits, we will also rewrite a piece that Ben will supply. 

 
Refreshments will be provided by Candy Abbott.
 
Come and have fun!

January 16, 2016 

Write, Right Where You Are

Rebecca Jones, Facilitator for the January DCWF meeting

 

Have writer's block, you say? Have doubts regarding your abilities? God called Moses right where he was among the sheep, to lead God's people out of Egypt. If God is calling you to be a writer, then it's time to stop making excuses like Moses did, and it's time to heed the call. 

 

You may feel like you're in a bind. Or maybe you're afraid to begin. God wants to use you, to help you write, right where you are in your life. Rebecca Jones will explore this topic with us at the next meeting. Bring a writing implement and paper or your laptop if you're more comfortable with technology, and be prepared to write, right where you are.
 
 

 December 19, 2015 

Claire Smith, Facilitator for December's meeting

Claire Smith will facilitate our Christmas meeting. Her lesson will be: What was God's intention for creating humanity? How does that affect your writing?

 

There will be no manuscript critiquing this month. Instead, we will devote our time to sharing and discussion of the future of Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship. 
 
Rebecca Jones has agreed to serve as Meeting Coordinator for 2016. She will be looking for volunteers to lead meetings and provide refreshments for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, (No meeting in August because of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers' Conference), September, (No meeting in October because of the Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Conference, November, and December.
 
All members are invited to contribute holiday refreshments for the festivities as we celebrate Jesus and the writing He has entrusted to us.
 
Hope to see you on the 19th in the Christmas Spirit!
 
 
 

November 21, 2015 (What Distinguishes Christian Writing?)

Gail Atlas, October meeting facilitator

WHAT DISTINGUISHES CHRISTIAN WRITING? Gail Atlas will lead us in a discussion of some assumptions that apply to all genres of writing and what makes Christian writing distinctive.

 
As always, if you have a work in progress, you are encouraged to bring up to five pages of your double-spaced manuscript for critique.
 
Louise Whale will provide refreshments.

September 19, 2015 (Building Family Memories)

Betty Kasperski, September meeting facilitator

BUILDING FAMILY MEMORIES. If you have boxes of pictures you haven’t gotten around to putting in an album or scrapbook, old black and white photos scattered here and there, there are a number of ways to put them to good use. Bring a handful of your treasured pictures (3 to 5) with you. Betty’s teaching will get you going.

 
As always, if you have a work in progress, you are encouraged to bring up to five pages of your double-spaced manuscript for critique.
 
Debra Fitzgerald and Wilma Caraway will provide refreshments.
 
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June 20, 2015 (The Business of Writing: Promoting Your Book)

Sharon Louth

The Business of Writing: Promoting Your Book

 

DCWF member Sharon Louth, author of Always Remember to Breathe, will facilitate our June meeting. Sharon is also a counselor at the Delaware Small Business Development Center. During the teaching segment, she will not only discuss tips and tricks on promoting and marketing your book like a master but the importance of writing a business plan. Even if your manuscript is a work in progress, you'll want to write with the end result in mind: who will want to read my book and how can I get their attention? Is word of mouth marketing the most effective way of getting it into the hands of people who will spread the word? Should you be using social media to build a buzz? Have you developed your website?  If not, why not? Sharon wants you to know that you need to “market every day”…..and much more! You are encouraged to share which marketing tools have worked best for you. Bring your questions too. The agenda includes time for critiques, so bring up to five double-spaced manuscript pages if you like. Betty Kasperski will open the meeting with prayer and a devotional, and Rebecca Jones will provide refreshments. 

May 16, 2015 - 9 AM to Noon (Let's Get Published!)

Wilma Caraway

"If you want to get published, you have to submit!" This is what Jean Davis told the United Methodist women at their spring district meeting on April 18th when she, Eva Maddox, Betty Jarman, and Wilma Caraway presented the program.

 

Award-winning author Wilma Caraway wants to help you get your seasonal stories, poems, puzzles, articles, and other writings into print. She will be primarily focusing on Christmas submissions to magazines using material that has already been published or new manuscripts with a holiday emphasis. If you had a manuscript published in one of the DCWF Christmas books, contact Candy Abbott to get a final version to work from, and bring a hard copy to the meeting. Or, if you have a draft manuscript, feel free to bring it, and we will help you prepare a cover letter (and critique your manuscript if time permits). If you have a copy of Christian Writers Market Guide or The Writers's Market, bring it along as we'll be looking up potential publishers. NOW is the time to submit Christmas material for 2015. Let's not miss the boat!

 

Betty Kasperski will be assisting Wilma with the opening prayer and devotion. Betty and Eva Maddox will also assist with cover letters. Anna Buckler has volunteered to provide refreshments.You won't want to miss this time of training and fellowship. 

 

April 18, 2015 - Book Trailers and Marketing

Terri and Bob Gillespie of More Than Memories Video (MTM Video)

CLICK HERE to visit our Gillespie Book Trailer Tips page. You'll find the PowerPoint presentation they gave, their handouts, and links to three samples of their work (book trailers and author VLOG).

 

March 21, 2015 - Storytelling with Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones, facilitator for the March meeting

Rebecca Jones, our facilitator for March, will open her church to us, The Lighthouse, on Rt. 9. Not only that, but she will share one of her most captivating talents: The Art of Storytelling. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, there is always value in the telling of a tale. Don't miss Rebecca's segment on how to write a story that will draw your readers in.

 

As always, if you have a manuscript you want critiqued, bring ten copies of up to five double spaced pages. 

 

See you at The Lighthouse Church on Saturday!

 

MARKETING OPPORTUNITY

 

Wilma Caraway has been invited to make a presentation in April at the Methodists Women’s Annual Spring Conference to discuss Christian publishing and local authors. If you would like your books placed on the book table for viewing and/or selling, please bring them to the March DCWF meeting. They're expecting about 50 attendees, and since Wilma can't carry too many books, two or three books from each author will be sufficient. Also, provide a brief statement promoting your book, include how you were inspired to write, how you came up with the title, etc. Be sure to have your books priced. You can supply your business cards. For additional information email Wilma at wiletc@comcast.net or give her a call at 302.337.7181.

May 17, 2014 - Annual Collins Pond Retreat

Wilma Caraway, retreat hostess; Ron MacArthur, guest speaker and award-winning journalist/photographer; Lynn Parks, guest journalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

ANNUAL COLLINS POND RETREAT

Collins Pond Pavilion

20202 Gum Island Road (or Kennedy Road on old GPS)

Georgetown, DE 19947

 

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

(RAIN OR SHINE)

 

Hosted by Wilma Caraway

 

 

Wilma has gone all out for us for our 2014 retreat with the theme of "Hooked on Writing."  CLICK HERE for sample agenda. She has invited two journalists, Lynn Parks, with the Seaford Star (who will share during our manuscript critique time and Free Write) and Ron MacArthur, with the Cape Gazette, our guest speaker.

 

Guest Speaker Ron MacArthur

 

Ron's topic for the retreat is "Journalism 102: Writing in the Digital Age." He has been a writer/photographer for the past 40 years working for community newspapers in Sussex County including the Milford Chronicle, Seaford Star and The Leader and State Register. He is currently working at the Cape Gazette in Lewes. He got his start by taking photographs for his high school newspaper and yearbook. Ron has won more than 100 awards for photography and writing in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Contest. Recently, he won two awards – including Best Feature Photo –  in the 2013 National Newspaper Association Contest. He also had the opportunity to work for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France, for a year as winner of the John H. Whitney Fellowship. Ron has been posting a Photo of the Day on social media for the past two years and is in the process of publishing a book highlighting his favorite images of the Cape Region. Ron grew up in Seaford where he was involved in various civic activities before moving to Lewes eight years ago.

 

For a relaxing tour of Ron's photos with musical background, visit Ron's website, ronmacphotos.com

 

Lynn R. Parks is a free-lance journalist, currently writing for Morning Star Publications and Delaware Beach Life. She has also written for the (Wilmington) News Journal, among other publications. Lynn grew up in Bridgeville. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1973 and the University of Delaware, with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism, in 1977. She and her husband, Tim, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

 

WHAT TO BRING:

 

  • We want to showcase published books that have been impacted in some way by DCWF, and Peter Mires will be setting up a table for you to display your titles. Bring one copy only of each book.
  • Bring your own brown bag lunch. Wilma will provide beverages, ice, and paper products.
  • Your double-spaced manuscript (1-inch margins, 12-pt. font, max. 5 pages) for critique.
  • Paper/pens
  • Casual dress . . . according to the weather 


P.S. Remember, the deadline for our Christmas book is Thursday, July 31!

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO COLLINS POND

 

20202 Gum Island Road, Georgetown, DE 19947:

 
FROM HARDEES IN GEORGETOWN
CORNER OF 113 AND 404/18 (Seashore Highway) 
Drive west on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 6.3 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Wilson Hill Road is the first intersection past Elmer's Market. Turn right onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)

FROM THE 13 AND 404 INTERSECTION IN BRIDGEVILLE
Drive east on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 4.5 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)

FROM RT. 13 IN SEAFORD
Drive north on 13 to 18. (The intersection where Wright Auto Sales is located.) Turn right onto 18. Drive 1.4 miles to 404/18. Turn right onto 404/18 (Seashore Highway). Drive approximately 2.7 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)

FOR ALL
FROM INTERSECTION OF WILSON HILL ROAD AND SEASHORE HIGHWAY (404/18) TO THE PAVILION
Drive 3/10 mile (to the 7th house on the left) on Wilson Hill Road to Gum Island Road (a stone road), Turn left onto Gum Island Road. Drive .1 mile on Gum Island Road to the entrance on the LEFT to the Collins Pond Pavilion.

QUESTIONS? Call Wilma at 302.542.3251 or Candy at 302.542.8510

 

CRITIQUES


At our regular meetings, we have a critique session, so bring your manuscript (8-10 copies of up to five double-spaced pages). No trembling, new folks--we'll point out the strengths as well as observations of areas that could be improved.

 

MEMBERS:

Visit the "Members Only" section on the "Member Spotlight" page to access the current roster.

If you need the password, CLICK HERE, and Candy will send it to you.

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