July Meeting Reminder

Don't Forget


Remember to join us Thursday night, July 24, at 7:00 PM.

At our meeting we will spend time critiquing the words you bring to share! This month’s prompt should you need one is, “A Song to Remember.” Feel free to craft a poem, 55-word story, or a personal memoir.

Please note the room change for this month’s meeting. We will meet in room 421 of Disciples’ Hall* at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road, Brandon, FL 33511.

Group information and critique guidelines are attached below. For more information, contact info@brandonchristianwriters.com

*Disciples’ Hall is the big, white building, and the entrance is in the center of the sidewalk under the arches. Go up the steps or elevator.

BCW- Details Handout.doc.

Save the Date for FIWR 2014

This year’s Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat will be held on October 4, 2014 at the Cedarkirk Retreat & Conference Center.

The retreat will feature presentations by Cheri Cowell, Barbara Routen, Terry O’Grady, Timothy Barrios, Wright Ellinger, as well as workshop directors Debora Coty and Ruth Ellinger. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Ronda Storms.

Please see the attached brochure for additional event and registration information.

FIWR 2014 Brochure


June Meeting Reminder



Please join us this Thursday night, June 26, at 7PM.

This month Barbara Routen (Tampa Tribune) and her sister Deb will present the interactive challenge of “Sight, Sound, & Story.”

We will also be critiquing the work of those who bring copies to share – (1″ margins, 12-point font, double-spaced, up to two pages of text).

As usual, we’ll be in room 305 of the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Family Center Building, 3315 Bryan Road, Brandon, FL 33511.

Christmas in July Craft Bazaar at Grace United Methodist Church

Hello BCW Members:

It’s time to reserve your author space for the 2nd Annual “Christmas in July” craft fair hosted by Grace United Methodist Church. Join Kat Heckenbach, Sharron Cosby and Rick Christensen who have already reserved their spaces.


Authors are permitted to share a six-foot space (must supply your own table) if they wish to divide the $25 cost. Please email Kat to let her know of your interest so she can ensure there is plenty of space for BCW members.

To reserve an entire table for your work, please e-mail Billie Wallis or call  her at 813-375-1617. Please be sure, however, to let Kat know once you’ve reserved your table. that you’ve accomplished that. Also, if anyone would like to sell their crafts, they must arrange for their space through this same e-mail.

Additional information is listed below.

Event date: July 26, 2014
Event time: 9:30 am- 2:00 pm
Event location: Grace Community United Methodist Church
5708 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, Florida 33547
Set Up Times: Friday, July 25 (6:00 – 8:00 PM) and Saturday, July 26 (7:00 – 8:30 AM)

Vendor fees: $25 for a 6×6 space, (with an optional 10% donation to Grace United Methodist Women). You may purchase more than one 6×6 space if needed. Outdoor spaces (if all indoor spaces are filled) are limited to the size of your tent.

There are two set up times available (listed above). Vendors will be asked to unload and park before setting up to allow traffic flow. All set up must be completed with areas cleaned up and ready for customers by 8:30 Saturday morning.

Tables and chairs must be provided by the vendors. Electrical outlets will not be available for vendor use. Vendors wishing more space are more than welcome to reserve additional 6 foot spaces. Spaces will be assigned in the order completed applications and checks are received. If all indoor spaces are filled, vendors will be assigned an outdoor space, for which the vendor will need to bring all necessary items (including tent if desired). Tents may be erected and left overnight on Friday at vendor’s discretion.

The Grace United Methodist Church youth group will be selling refreshments. Please refrain from selling refreshments in order to help the youth group with their efforts.

Please click on the link below to download the application. Mail address information is included in the form.

Christmas in July Craft Bazaar << application

BCW “Words in Print” 2nd Annual Showcase & Book Fair

Please join us for “Words in Print”, our second annual Writers’ Showcase and Book Fair presented by Brandon Christian Writers for our families, friends, and aspiring writers.

A night of sharing “Who We Are” will replace the usual meeting. Visit members’ displays and learn about their work, writing space, writing tips, inspiration, etc. This will be a great opportunity to learn from each other.

All are welcomed to attend.

St. Andrews United Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road, Brandon, FL 33511, Room 305
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM*



* Set up at 6:30PM for those who have reserved table space. Also, feel free to bring a snack to share with our guests.