Welcome to 2018!

We here at Brandon Christian Writers (or BCW, as our members call it) want to welcome everyone to the new year. 2017 was a lot of fun, with some great presentations. We’re hoping to make this year even better! We’re still working on the schedule, but you can look forward to topics like World Building and Story Telling, and we’ll be kicking everything off with learning about Entering Writing Contests.

As usual, we will also spend the second hour of every meeting doing critique. One thing we use to help spark your muse is monthly writing prompts. You are by no means obligated to write from the prompts, but we provide them as an added resource.

This year’s prompts are as follows:
January 25th: “Do You Have a Dream?”
February 22nd: “Chasing a Shadow”
March 22nd: “Lions and Lambs”
April 26th: “Rebirth”
May 24th: “Bloom Where You’re Planted”
June 28th: “Funny Wedding Story”
July 26th: “Seeing Red (White and Blue)”
August 23rd: “Dream Vacation”
September 27th: “Tearing Down the Wall”
October 25th: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”
(No meetings in November or December)

Remember: Works brought for critique should be no more than two pages front only or one page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font. And you can find the prompts at any time by checking the “2018 Writing Prompts” tab at the top of this page.

And to finish things off, start the new year with some music by former BCW member Mark Goujon.

Visit his YouTube channel HERE for more videos.

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October 2017 Meeting Reminder — Poetry with Meletha Everett

11800586_699534320177794_7152108794400920125_nOur October meeting is going to focus on poetry. BCW member Meletha Everett is going to share her journey as a poet, from poems that have inspired her, to what she has learned in poetry classes, to where she gets her inspiration, and how she has stepped out of the norm with some of her poetry.

So come join us!

We will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting is October 26th. 

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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 Halloween, this month’s prompt is “Facing My Fears.” (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

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

 

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!