September 2017 Meeting Reminder – Paths to Publishing

First, I (your BCW Pres, Kat) need to apologize for completely dropping the ball in August. Travel in July and August kept me away and very busy (and a bit brain-fried) and I just plain forgot to post reminders about the meeting. I know Debora Coty did a wonderful job leading the meeting and presenting — because she always does! — so a GIANT THANK YOU goes out to her!

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And this month, I am back. Not only to remind you about the meeting, but to present on The Paths to Publishing.

IMG_3495 (5)Are you wondering how a writer becomes a published author? What does it take? Confused by all the lingo? Curious about the difference between traditional and self-publishing? Large press and small press? And for crying out loud, what does it mean to be a hybrid author?

I’m going to answer all those questions and give you the lowdown on what types of publishing are right for different kinds of authors so you can figure out which path (or paths?) you are best suited for.

Join us at our usual place and time:

We will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting is September 28th. 

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of back-to-school, this month’s prompt is  “School Memories.” (Pieces for critique do not have to follow the prompt.) We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

 

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July 2017 Meeting Reminder

12308771_10207197642371748_3210629491258537135_nOur July 2017 meeting with be held on the 27th. Our guest speaker is Jordan Ryan, who will be sharing how to write grounded poetry. (Want to find out what that is? Come to the meeting!) He’ll also explain some of the simpler forms of poetry and give us some hands-on practice.

Jordan is homeschool graduate and a graduate of Hillsborough Community College. He is, of course, a writer, and an avid gamer. If you’ve been to any BCW meetings where Jordan has shared his writing, you know he’s a talented young man with a great sense of humor.

As usual, we will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting is July 27th. 

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of Independence Day, this month’s prompt is  “Free Indeed.” (Pieces for critique do not have to follow the prompt.) We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

June 2017 Meeting Reminder

Barbara Routen headshotOur next meeting is June 22, 2017. This month we’ll be hearing from Barbara Routen. She’s going share her expertise on:

Telling and Selling Stories from the Heart:
How to Get Published in Compilations

Barbara Routen, NLAPW-Letters/Music, is a freelance copywriter, former Tampa Tribune correspondent, FOCUS-Plant City staff writer, editor, photographer, speaker, ghostwriter, singer/songwriter, and music teacher. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us and Random Acts of Kindness, The Pen Woman, The Family Digest, and Christian Parenting Today. She has won awards from the National League of American Pen Women in the following categories: non-fiction, short/published work, picture book and young adult book, and short story.

As usual, we will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting is June 22nd. 

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of Father’s Day, this month’s prompt is “Papa God.” (Pieces for critique do not have to follow the prompt.) We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

Looking forward to seeing you!

May 2017 Meeting Reminder – Public Speaking with Debora Coty

deb cotyJoin us at our May 2017 meeting to hear Debora Coty present on public speaking. As writers, we are often given opportunities to speak to other writers or to readers and Debora is going to help us understand the benefits of public speaking and give us information about doing it right.

Debora Coty is the award-winning author of the Too Blessed to be Stressed series and other devotionals for women. Her humorous and inspirational style has won the hearts of readers. Visit her at http://deboracoty.com/ to learn more about her.

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As usual, we will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting is May 25th. 

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of Mother’s Day, this month’s prompt is “What I Wish Mother Had Told Me.” (Pieces for critique do not have to follow the prompt.) We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

Looking forward to seeing you!

April 2017 Meeting – Marketing

Marketing is something all writers must deal with once they are published, and even sometimes before.

This month we welcome author and fitness trainer Jeff White, who will be sharing his experience marketing his books.

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Jeff has used a variety of marketing strategies, and he will share what has been successful for him.

Don’t miss this month’s meeting!

Our April meeting will take place on Thursday, April 27th.

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of the hope Easter brings, this month’s prompt is “My Greatest Hope.” (Pieces for critique do not have to follow the prompt.) We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

Looking forward to seeing you!

February 2017 Meeting – Love and Blogging

 

February’s presenter is our own Kathryn Hkathrynoward, blogger and homeschool momma. She will be sharing about the ins and outs of blogging. Visit Kathryn’s blog at https://kathrynsjournal.wordpress.com/.

We’d love for you to join us. Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this month’s prompt is “First Love.” We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines: 2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

Our February meeting will take place on Thursday, February 23rd.

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511
CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

Looking forward to seeing you!

January 2017 Meeting and Welcome

happy-new-year-2017-posterIn less than one week, Brandon Christian Writers will be holding our first meeting of 2017! We’ve got a great year ahead of us, with presentations on all sorts of writerly topics and writing prompts for each month. (Click HERE for a list of this year’s monthly prompts.) We’re hoping to work out some more events, like Saturday workshops, too.

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Our first meeting of 2017 will take place on Thursday, January 26th.

We meet in Room 305 of the Family Center at:

St. Andrews Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Brandon, FL 33511

CLICK HERE for full directions and a campus map.

This month’s presenter is our own Kat Heckenbach, author of YA fantasy trilogy Toch Island Chronicles. She will be talking about setting goals for the new year and keeping true to ourselves as writers while doing so.

We’d love for you to join us. Feel free to bring a piece of writing for critique. This month’s prompt is “A Fresh Start.” We welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Critique guidelines:  2 pages front only or 1 page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font

Looking forward to seeing you!