About Kat Heckenbach

Kat grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her "reading tree" with her nose buried in a fantasy novel...except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet... She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own...but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away...she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and two homeschooling kids. Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom--everything from Art to Algebra II. Her writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror, with over forty short fiction and nonfiction credits to her name.

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.

Jeff White

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!

Keynote Speaker at 2015 Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat: Deb DeArmond

We are excited that our Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat at Cedarkirk Lodge (Lithia, FL) on October 3rd will be Deb DeArmond. Here’s a bit about Deb and a sample of her writing:

Deb DeArmond’s been married to her high school sweetheart nearly 39 years. She has three incredible sons and daughters-in-law and four perfect grand boys (with two more on the way). But Jesus is her favorite, and the others have learned to live with it.  Deb and her husband Ron live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

More of Deb DeArmond: http://debdearmond.com/

YOU MIGHT AS WELL LAUGH! His grin spoke volumes. He was re-living a victory from earlier this morning. “Don’t say it,” I warned. “It’s my magical power, you know.” Ron chuckled. Then guffawed. I nearly spit out my coffee, as I too, got caught up in laughter. It’s funny. Now. As a writer, I spend many hours at the computer. Mac and I are joined at the hip, which, believe me, makes it tough to reach the keyboard from that…

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Please visit her website at http://debdearmond.com/.

For more information about the Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat CLICK HERE.

May 2013 Meeting Reminder

Hope to see you at this week’s monthly meeting on Thursday night:

May 23rd from 7 to 9PM.

St. Andrews United Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Family Center-Room 305
Brandon, FL 33511

 
Monthly prompt, should you choose to write on this one:
“Craft a story, true or imagined, about a time when you witnessed the beauty of brokenness. We see examples of this almost every day because people like this are all around us.”
From The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness (by K.P. Yohannan), comes this quote: “God is looking for humble people, not able people.” The author uses Isaiah 66:2 to affirm: “But on this one I will look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word.” He compares us in our natural, human “unbroken” (prideful, self-centered) state to what God really wants – our brokenness, so that we are totally surrendered to Him.
Writing brought for critique can be fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. No more than two pages, typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins. Please bring 10-15 copies if you would like written critique.

Upcoming Book Signing at Lifeway for Ruth Carmichael Ellinger

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Good News!!

Ruth Carmichael Ellinger welcomes your visit to a book signing featuring:

Women of the Secret Place

Where: Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Brandon

When: April 27th from 11am – 2pm.

Ruth Ellinger Aug. 2012
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
RUTH CARMICHAEL ELLINGER
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