ARCHIVE April, 2011

Inspire Christian Writers Launches San Mateo County Group

I’m excited to announce our latest addition:  Inspire San Mateo County

Our newest group is lead by Janet Vrba and meets in her home in Half Moon Bay.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10am to noon.

If you live in or near San Mateo County and need the support and encouragement of a Christian writers group, contact Janet and she will be happy to help you get started:

For information on all the Inspire groups and workshops visit our groups page.

If there is not a group in your area, let us know. We can help form one.

Keep writing!


April 26, 2011 in Announcements, Uncategorized by


Would You Like To Review Christian Books?

Pelican Ventures Book Group is launching a new site to network influencers. At Book Buzzin’ readers can apply for a no-obligation, no cost membership to receive free review copies. What’s the catch? There isn’t one! All a Book Buzzin’ member has to do is agree to Buzz about a book–and only if he/she enjoys it! For more information and to apply for membership, visit

April 18, 2011 in Announcements by


Writers Workshop in Redding CA

Join with other writers and emerging writers for two and a half days of instruction and activation at Bethel Church’s fourth Writing Unto the Glory Writers’ Workshop. We will have sessions on some aspect of several genres—non-fiction, fiction, poetry, devotional, and children’s fiction—as well as grammar, style, blogging, marketing and publishing. Each attendee will leave inspired, encouraged and empowered to answer the call to write. Read more »

April 9, 2011 in Announcements by


You Can Write for Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for inspirational, true stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Stories that warm the heart and rekindle the spirit touch thes souls of readers and help them discover life principles they can use.  The basic ingredients of a winning CS story are:

  • True first person story
  • Powerful hook and compelling scenes that lead to a memorable takeaway
  • Inspires the heart and soul
  • Brings hope and encouragement
  • Causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these
  • Stimulates emotion
  • Motivates compassion

Chicken Soup is currently accepting stories for these upcoming books Read more »

April 8, 2011 in Opportunities, Uncategorized by


Writing Opportunity-MOPS Devotional

Never Alone is a devotional for mothers underscoring God’s promise of His presence in her life – all the time. Scheduled for publication by Revell for a Summer release in 2012, Never Alone will be a companion to the 2012 theme book for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International.

You are invited to audition devotionals for this special book by sharing your own moments and memories of how God’s presence—or your yearning for it—impacted or is impacting your days of parenting preschoolers. As we know, motherhood can be an isolating exercise. But God is there in the loneliness and most clueless moments, as well as those joyful instances we want to freeze for all eternity. Please consider sharing a part of your faith journey with today’s 100,000 MOPS moms and others who can be encouraged by your experiences. Feel free to share this call for submissions with others who might have a heart for this project and a compelling story to impart. Read more »

April 8, 2011 in Opportunities, Uncategorized by


Writing Opportunity-Christmas Stories

Donna Goodrich, author of A Step in the Write Direction, is calling for submissions for an anthology to be published by Hidden Brook Press, Interpret the theme as broadly as you like–Christmas, Christmas tradition, family stories relating to Christmas, food, presents, travel, sharing, mishaps, happenings, giving, cutting the Christmas tree, a special Christmas grace. Your stories can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, haiku, short stories, micro prose, essays, memoir/remembrances and recipes.

One eighth to one third of the book will feature Christmas recipes. Share your recipes for cookies, cakes, stuffing/dressing, gravy, etc. Tell us why this is a special recipe. Is it your recipe or your mother’s, grandmother’s or great aunt’s, etc. Read more »

April 8, 2011 in Opportunities, Uncategorized by


Trusting God

Trusting God is the title of Inspire’s first annual publication. We are accepting stories for publishing in this anthology early in 2012. You are valued writers and we encourage you to join us by contributing your stories about trusting God. Please submit your stories in fiction, non-fiction, article, story for children, or devotion up to 1200 words or poem up to 16 lines.

Give your stories:

  • A creative title
  • A powerful hook
  • Multiple scenes
  • Multiple conflicts and solutions
  • Descriptions using the five senses
  • A memorable takeway

Stories must be inspiring, heartwarming and/or humorous. If your story has been published before, please state when and the name of the publication. Submit your stories Read more »

April 6, 2011 in Opportunities, Uncategorized by

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Write on Target

Learn to make the most of your Christian Writer’s Market Guide. Develop your market research skills to know where to submit your stories and receive more acceptances. Come to a workshop led by Sue Tornai:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  • 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Sacramento Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608
  • Bring your Christian Writer’s Market Guide. If you don’t have one, we will have a limited supply at the workshop.

See you there.

April 5, 2011 in Announcements, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey, Writing Tips by

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