The West Branch Christian Writers are thrilled to announce Roberta Brosius's debut novel Surviving Meemaw is now available!
High school senior Laney Odell thinks her life is messed up enough.
She’s had to leave her boyfriend, her best friend, and Arkansas to move
in with Meemaw, her Pennsylvania grandmother. Meemaw wears garishly
colored clothing, drives like a maniac in her yellow PT Cruiser, and
directs a team of puppeteers, making her a minor celebrity in town and a
major embarrassment to Laney.
To make matters worse, Meemaw enrolls Laney in tiny Millburgh
Christian Academy and agrees to teach Puppetry in exchange for Laney’s
tuition. Though uncomfortable with the strict, religious atmosphere,
she’s excited by the attention cute, artistic, funny Calvin Berger gives
her. Calvin is nothing like bland, boring, brotherly Joshua Gold, one
of Meemaw’s puppeteers, who hangs out in Laney’s kitchen after puppet
Will Laney adapt to a new life with her quirky grandmother and finally process the tragic event that sent her there?
requirement is that it is related to both Christmas and cranberries! Reprints
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is a copy of the E-Book that you are free to give away or post on your
blog/website (without changing copyrights). One author will receive a TOS tote
bag with 12 back issues of the TOS Magazine and a $10 Starbucks gift card.
wonder about things that once were that have gone away.
That’s how I
felt about the West Branch Christian Writers One Day conference. I’d heard
about it, but the last conference was before I became a member of the West
years, I have served and continue to serve as the treasurer for the St Davids
Christian Writers Association and participate on various committees that work to
plan the June conference. I look forward to that time of fellowship, as I do to
the one day writers conference in Stoneboro, PA, as well.
It’s hard to
be apart from fellow writers from June until April again. I appreciated getting
together with other writers at Marsha Hubler’s Susquehanna Writers luncheon, but
the time just flew by and was over before I knew it.
So when I
tell you I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I really am looking forward to seeing
everyone, fellowshipping, learning new ways to improve my writing, and seeing
other new authors growing as I have.
area I hadn’t prepared to grow in was the “speaking out” part.
we are writers, right?
We write so
we don’t have to talk. We gather in groups and critique, and I learned to put
on my critique armor many years ago. I had to mentally mold that armor. I had
to tell myself that the only way to become a better writer was to learn from
others what my writing weaknesses were so I could become a stronger writer and
improve my chances for publication.
while I’ve been carrying around my critique armor for some time, I’ll be
mentally dressing myself in a new type of armor—the kind that stiffens my back
and relaxes my heart as I stand before you all in greetings and announcements.
When it was
first suggested I take on the role of director of this conference—yes my ideas
sometimes get me in positions I never would have thought of—I wasn’t sure I
could do this. Another member of the West Branch Christian Writers offered to
stay in the shadows and help when I needed help, and even speak if I couldn’t
stand before you all.
But over the
past few weeks, I’ve felt your prayers and the tremendous support of the other
members of West Branch Christian Writers that have all stepped forward to help
make tomorrow possible. And some of them, like me, have made giant leaps out of
their comfort zones to make this day possible. Just go back and read faculty member Linda Au’s post on teaching her proofreading class from last month and
you’ll see what I mean.
why tomorrow, I’ll also be leaping out of my comfort zone, away from the
shadowy corners of places to hide. And, let me tell you, in a ten-sided church,
there are no corners to hide in. Yet, I have written everything down, just in
case I stand before you and my mind draws a blank.
taught workshops of small groups on blogging, writing, and bookbinding with a
thumping heart that has since eased and relaxed. Writers aren’t really scary
people. We all have a common goal – to get the word out.
I know I can
do this. I’ve felt for a long time that I’d been called to do this.
I may not
look down at all of your smiling faces from the podium, but straight ahead at
what the day is about to bring us. Because I know, that beside me is a God who
will not let me faint or fall. He will hold me up, that I may stand before you,
and grow stronger in this new role that I have been privileged and honored to
For those of
you who want to “get your blog on” come see me in room 4 at 12pm and if you’re
looking to write that promising proposal, I’ll be in the same place at 1pm.
part of this day to come is sharing it with all of you. See you
has God been teaching you? If you have at least one answer to that question,
you can write a devotional.
devo is not a sermon or a scolding; it is a connecting of scripture to real
life events and needs, encouragement shared with a friend.
devo class at our October 19th conference will cover the do’s and don’ts of
devo writing and three approaches. I will share examples of published Secret Place devos that used each
this workshop won’t be all about my devos. Bring a favorite scripture passage
or a recent incident and begin writing your own devo in class. Each class
member will receive a free e-mail critique.
Credentials:My devos have been
published in the Secret Place and on
Darlene Franklin’s devotional blog, My Daily Nibble.
(Mydailynibble.blogspot.com) I contributed 20 essays to the 365 Day Fun Bible Fact Book and 5 essays to Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul,
both published by Barbour.