September Meeting – Seasons of Writing

Are you where you want to be in your writing career? Have no fear!

Join us at the upcoming Brandon Christian Writers meeting for “The Seasons of a Writing Life” presented by Cheryl Johnston, managing editor of FOCUS magazine.

CHERYL JOHNSTON

Cheryl has experienced many seasons and many changes in her life. She was born in Michigan and moved to Plant City in 1978. Her career includes working in the manufactured-housing industry, teaching high school English, and writing and editing for FOCUS for 13 years. Currently, Cheryl is working on a novel and her legacy memoir. She enjoys traveling and golfing with her husband RJ, adores her children and grandchildren, loves Christ, and encourages others to discover and develop their special powers. Oops! I mean talents.

Any writer, from aspiring to already published, is invited to attend the free event.

We will meet Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 PM at St. Andrew’s UMC, 3315 S. Bryan Rd., Brandon, ROOM 420: DISCIPLES HALL (Please note the room is upstairs and there is an elevator). Disciples Hall is the building on the right as you drive into the church parking lot from Bryan Road.

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August Meeting – Janet Rockey

Join us Thursday at our next Brandon Christian Writers meeting as author Janet Rockey will share “The Joy of the Journey”

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Janet Rockey

“Writing is in my DNA,” says Janet, whose published works include:

Janet will bring books for sale, and you can sample her writing on her blog Janet’s Obedient Heart. Be sure to invite your writer (and reader) friends for her joy-filled presentation!

We will meet Thursday, August 23, from 7-9 PM at St. Andrew’s UMC, 3315 S. Bryan Rd., Brandon, ROOM 305: FAMILY LIFE CENTER (Our usual spot). The Family Life Center is the building straight ahead as you drive into the church parking lot from Bryan Road.

Don’t forget to bring manuscripts for critiquing to this meeting, at least 10 copies, no more than two pages front only or one-page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font.

May 2018 Meeting Reminder

JanHeadshotLR-Ever been curious about ghost writing? At our May BCW meeting, Jan Powell will give an interactive presentation about ghost writing, rewriting, and editing with and for others.

Jan Powell, a graduate of the University of South Florida, has two small businesses. Through Writing with You, she offers writing services: editing, rewriting, coaching, and ghost writing for fiction and non-fiction. She loves to help polish manuscripts for others. A former president of Word Weavers, she has been published in The Wordsmith Journal and Splickety.

This month’s meeting is May 24th.

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.

Our prompt this month is “Bloom Where You’re Planted.” (Remember–you may bring work on any topic. Writing to the prompt is optional.)

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.

April 2018 Meeting Reminder

tina-small editJoin us Thursday, April 26th, 2018, when Tina Yeager will show writers how to use sensory images to transplant readers into a character’s skin and immerse them in the story’s setting. Through the power of sensory detail, wordsmiths will hone the art of showing instead of telling.

An award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and life coach, Tina also serves as a mentor with Word Weavers International. With her editorial team’s support, she publishes Inkspirations Online, a weekly devotional for writers. She’s a licensed counselor with over twenty years of experience teaching adults, teens, and children in academic, clinical, and faith-based settings. Yeager holds a BA in creative writing and an MA in counseling. As a character therapist, she offers psychological manuscript reviews to optimize depth, authenticity, and impact.

Come visit her for a virtual cup of java online. For life coaching tips or to book her as an event speaker, check out www.divineencouragement.com. Unloveable.us offers insights to equip women on their journey self-enmity to divine heroism. Speculative fiction readers may gobble up first-draft tidbits of ongoing stories and glimpses into a writer’s life at www.tyeagerwrites.com. Tina adores embracing new friends, so feel free to offer hugs to her avatars at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tina.yeager.9, Twitter https://twitter.com/tyeagerwrites, Instagram tina.yeager.9, LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/, Goodreads, and Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tyeagerwrites.

This month’s meeting is April 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.

Our prompt this month is “Rebirth.” (Remember–you may bring work on any topic. Writing to the prompt is optional.)

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.

March 2018 Meeting Reminder

deb cotyThe essence of fiction – and often nonfiction as well – is story-telling. Join us this month as Debora Coty presents the critical elements of story-telling.

Debora Coty is an inspirational speaker and author of the popular book series, Too Blessed To Be Stressed. Her passion is sharing an off-beat blend of biblical truth gift-wrapped in humor, encouragement, and unconventional wisdom with women of all ages.

Debora uses stories as a means of conveying the messages in her nonfiction books, and she is also the author of two novels, The Distant Shore and Billowing Sails.

This month’s meeting is March 22nd 

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.

Our prompt this month is “Lions and Lambs.” (Remember–you may bring work on any topic. Writing to the prompt is optional.)

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.

February 2018 Meeting Reminder

We fiction writers are always looking for ways to improve our characterization and plots, but we mustn’t forget the place our stories are set in. World-building is obviously important in genres like science fiction and fantasy, where the worlds are made up by the author. But world-building is just as important for real-life stories set in real-life places. Even in real-world settings, the characters’ environments need to come alive.

Image may contain: 1 personJoin us this month, on February 22nd at 7 pm to hear Ruth Ellinger share about real-world world-building. Ruth’s expertise comes from writing historical novels that include rich details of the time periods and settings.

Biography
RUTH CARMICHAEL ELLINGER was born and raised in the Ohio Valley, setting for her historical and inspirational trilogy, The Wild Rose of Lancaster, Wild Rose of Promise, and Sword of the Wild Rose.

Ruth is twice recipient of American Christian Writers, “Writer of the Year” and 2010 Brandon Arts Council Award, “Artist of the Year” for Excellence in the Arts. She has received numerous writing awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

The author’s unique ministry experiences have taken her and her family from deserts of Arizona to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, to the tropical banana plantations of Central America. She writes about her experiences in her blog, The Shepherdess.

Ruth and her husband, a pastor, make their home in Florida. They have four grown children.

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This month’s meeting is February 22nd. 

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.

Our prompt this month is “Chasing a Shadow.” (Remember–you may bring work on any topic. Writing to the prompt is optional.)

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.