March 2018

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Proverbs 7:3 - "Tie them on your finger as a reminder.  Write them deep within

your heart."

This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

    What type of writing do you like to do best?  Do you prefer writing short notes to a 

loved one?  Do you like to write poems?  Or how about prose?  Have you set a goal 

regarding your writing?  For example, how long will the piece be?  Are you writing for 

yourself or looking toward being published?  

    Writing Prompt:  Write about the type of writing that you enjoy most.  Is it writing 

short poems or articles?  Is it writing a full-length book?  Or is it somewhere in between?

    COMING UP:  At the March meeting we will discuss the different types of writing as 

well as the different markets, both inside the church and outside, that utilize all styles 

of writing.    

    Come ready to work.  You can work on your own project or join in exercises we'll 

provide.  It could be a poem or a short piece for use in a magazine.  Does your writer 

friend need a review of their writing?  Or do you want to write a piece for your blog?  

Come and be challenged, encouraged, and supported.  Join us on Tuesday, March 13, 

2018, at 7:00 p.m.

February 2018

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Proverbs 22:1 - "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed

is better than silver or gold."

This month's newsletter is written by Sheila Wilkinson:  

    What do you think of when you hear the phrase a good name?  I think of truthfulness

and integrity.  Our writing is an integral part of who we are as we set forth our ideas and

stories.  May we always strive to be upright and truthful in all of our words that we may claim

the honor of having a good name.  

    Writing Prompt:  Pretend you will be interviewed on television and think of five questions

you would like the interviewer to ask you.  Now, answer those questions. Then take those 

answers and craft them into a short bio or pitch to be used with any of your writing. 

    COMING UP:  At the February meeting we will discuss the nuts and bolts of writing.  Why

do I write?  Must I outline?  How do I know when I'm finished?  How much should I rewrite?

Do I need to edit?  How can I turn telling into showing?  We will have open discussion on 

these areas with time to share ideas for tightening up that flabby writing - both fiction and

nonfiction.  Join us on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.; bring your questions, your

writing, and your examples. 

January 2018

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January 2018

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Proverbs 1:5 - "Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get


This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

    A new year is upon us and that gives us opportunities to learn new things.  As writers, we 

search for ways we can experiment or improve our writing.  And learning from others is a 

wonderful way to do just that.  This month, join us as we welcome Nathan Aaseng as he shares

with us how the publishing world used to work and how it works now.  He will also provide tips for

becoming a better writer.  

    Writing Prompt:  What topics do you like to write about?  What are your favorite styles of 

writing?   How much time do you spend writing and how much of that time is for pleasure and how

much time is not necessarily for pleasure?  Write about it.

    COMING UP:  During the January meeting, we welcome Nathan Aaseng as he shares about 

how publishing has changed from when he first started writing until now.  He will also explore the

difference between secular and religious writing.  And he will share some tips on how to become 

a more professional writer.  Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 7:00 PM.

December 2017

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Luke 2:11 - "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ 

the Lord."

This month's newsletter is written by Patti Nicholson:  

As we move forward into this Christmas season, help us to remember the real reason that we are or 

should be celebrating.  That reason is Jesus Christ, who came to this earth to be a sacrifice for us - 

each and every one of us.  Let us not forget that as we go through the season of celebration.  May 

it also be a season of reflection.

    Writing Prompt:  What traditions make up a part of your Christmas celebration?  How much time 

is spent only with family or do you take time to minister to those less fortunate?  Write about it!

    COMING UP:  During the December meeting, several of our Members will be sharing pieces they 

have written to celebrate this season of love.  Please come and join us as we read our pieces and 

enjoy the Christmas goodies and spending time with each other.

November 2017

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Psalm 107:1 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His faithful love endures forever.”

This month’s newsletter written by Patti Nicholson:

Each of us has something they can and should be thankful for.  Examples of this could be 

food on the table, a roof over our heads, and heat during the cold months.  Another would 

be the incredible love we receive from our Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can 

ever imagine.               

        Writing Prompt:   Have you ever made a list of things you are thankful for? What is 
at the top of your list and why?  Write about it!

        COMING UP:  During the November meeting, Renee Liming will be sharing information 
about legacy writing and will lead us in a workshop as we put pen to paper.  You can do some 
legacy writing or you can work on the piece for sharing during our December meeting. Come 
and join in the discussion! 

          We look forward to seeing you at the November 14th meeting!

October 2017

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To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
(Ecclesiastes 13:1-8)

This month's newsletter, written by Renee Liming:

          As the fall season is upon us, let us reflect on the seasons of our lives. Life 
doesn’t proceed in a linear fashion, rather it moves in cyclical rhythms or seasons. 
Think about some of the seasons that you’ve gone through in relationships, finances, 
education, careers, or spiritual growth. We can’t change the seasons, but we can find 
God in every season, even the difficult ones. Realize that every season has a purpose. 
We can learn from every experience that we go through. Autumn is a time where winds 
of change blow through our lives. We might feel unsettled or uncertain. The ground 
might be shifting and we might be cultivating it in preparation of the season to come. 
We all cycle through seasons of change and transformation.  

        Writing Prompt:   Reflect and write about the season you are currently in.

        COMING UP:  During the October meeting, we will be discussing the Cs and Qs - 
Queries and Cover Letters, Contests, Critiques, and Clips.  We will have a roundtable
discussion about what is necessary, what helps, and what doesn't.  Come and join in 
the discussion!

          We look forward to seeing you at the October 10th meeting!

September 2017

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This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          If you're anything like me, your summer flew by much too quickly.  Mine 
          was filled with parades, thrift sales, birthday parties, and many other 
          activities.  Some of the parties were surprises and others were not.  Each
          was an opportunity to spend time with those most important to me - the 
          best way to spend that time. 

          While I had every intention of writing on a more consistent basis, I did 
          not spend nearly as much time writing as I was hoping to.  However, I 
          made some notes about the topics I hoped to put on paper, so I can move
          forward from there.

        Writing Prompt:  How did your writing go over the summer?  Was it like I 
          mine (more miss than hit) or did you write more than you expected?  And,
          if you were successful at getting some words down on paper, did you submit 
          them  anywhere?  
          Write about your writing experience over the break - did you struggle to 
          put words on paper or did they flow freely?

       COMING UP:  During the September meeting, we welcome back Julie Court 
          as she shares with us about co-laboring with God through writing.  

          We look forward to seeing you at the September 12th meeting!

May 2017

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This month's newsletter, written by Renee Liming:
          If you've tried to purchase a Mother's Day card this year, you'll be hard
          pressed to fine one for less than $6.99, unless you're shopping at the
          Dollar Tree.  I suggest making your own and include a memory about
          your mom and how she influenced your life.  Possibly, she was 
          someone to emulate.  If your mother was anything like mine, she kept
          us involved as kids, pushed us to be our best.  She believed in the 
          value of education, volunteering, and giving back to community.  She 
          sent us cards weekly in college.
        Writing Prompt:  I would encourage you to write your mother a heartfelt
          note this Mother's Day and save yourself a few dollars on the card.  You
          could also share a card with any Mom who might not be getting a card.   

       COMING UP:  During the May meeting, some of our Members will be 
          sharing a piece they've written.  Join us as we share our writing and
          maybe even bring a piece to share with us as well!

          See you at the May 9th meeting!

April 2017

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This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          The light of day is lasting longer and the weather is getting warmer,
          which can make it difficult to sit inside and write.  Do you give in to 
          the distraction of the pleasant weather?  Or do you use the change 
          of seasons as a source of inspiration?  Do you combine them by 
          writing outdoors?
        Writing Prompt:  What tips and tricks do you use for getting back on 
          track while writing?  Some of them may be a bit out of the ordinary but,
          if they work for you, that's good!  Think about and then write about 
          different ways you have used to attempt to get yourself back on track
          while writing.

       COMING UP:  During the April meeting, we welcome back Mary Pierce.  She
          comes to speak with us about our writing goals and what might be 
          preventing us from reaching those goals.  Come prepared to hear some
          fresh ideas for getting "unstuck" during the writing process.

          See you at the April 11th meeting!

March 2017

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This month's newsletter, written by Patti Nicholson:
          Spring, according to the calendar, will arrive on March 20th of this year.
          We've had hints recently of the changing seasons with some rain and 
          even thunderstorms.  Daylight Savings Time will begin a few days 
          before spring on March 12th.

          I appreciate spring and watching things come back to life after 
          slumbering through the winter.  The snow melts, the grass greens up, 
          and the trees bud out.  The temperatures begin to rise, bringing us
          ever closer to planting season.

          Psalm 1:3 (NLT) - "They are like trees planted along the riverbank, 
          bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves never wither, and they prosper
          in all they do.
        Writing Prompt:  What does spring look like in your life?  Is there new life
          or are you still burrowed beneath the surface?  Write about it.

       COMING UP:  During the March meeting, we welcome Eric Rasmussen as 
          he comes to speak with us about Barstow & Grand, Eau Claire's own 
          literary journal.  Come learn more about this project, your opportunities,
          and other publishing outlets.

          See you at the March meeting!

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