Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

Last Saturday's conference was wonderful, but we couldn't have done it without the help of our sponsors who made generous donations for the silent auction items, and lunch.





  
Leakas Quality Foods
 


Caitlyn Smith  - Masseuse








Friday, October 25, 2013

Surviving Meemaw - YA Novel by Roberta Brosius

 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 shows.

Will Laney adapt to a new life with her quirky grandmother and finally process the tragic event that sent her there?

 Buy it here 

 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Writing Opportunity - Deadline Soon!



Contributors
Wanted



The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is looking for writers to submit to their
Cranberry Christmas E-Book that will be distributed this holiday season. They are looking for:

©     Recipes
©     Crafts for Kids
©     Stories
©     Poems
©     Activities
©     Articles
©     Blog-style pieces
©     Pictures of kids and parents making cranberry dishes
©     Songs
©     Skits

The only requirement is that it is related to both Christmas and cranberries! Reprints are acceptable, and the author retains all copyrights.

Payment 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.

Contact Liz Koon at lkoon@thehomeschoolmagazine.com for more details. Please reference “cranberry” in the subject line.

Deadline for submissions is OCTOBER 25th.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Note From The Director: Susan Lower



Sometimes we 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 Branch group.
Over the 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.

The only area I hadn’t prepared to grow in was the “speaking out” part. 

That’s why 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. 

Tomorrow, 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. 

So that’s 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. 

I have 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 receive. 

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.

My favorite part of this day to come is sharing it with all of you. See you tomorrow morning. 



Susan

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Write a Devo with Roberta Brosius



            What has God been teaching you? If you have at least one answer to that question, you can write a devotional.
            A 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.
            My 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 approach.
            But 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.
            My 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.