ARCHIVE January, 2012

Jon Drury: Author Interview and Book Give-away

When I received the flyer for the 19th Annual Christian Writers Seminar, I remembered how blessed I was by last year’s event. I made new friends, learned more about the craft and platform building, and left with a clearer direction in regards to my writing ministry.

One author stood out. He reminded me what an honor and privilege it is to build up the body of Christ by encouraging and equipping others to serve for God’s glory.

Jon Drury, a veteran pastor, was inspired to begin fulfilling his dream of writing after attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. Since then, he’s published devotionals and articles, as well as his first book, Lord, I Feel So Small.

Jon founded the Christian Writer’s Seminar, in 1993. Hundreds of writers have been equipped and encouraged through this ministry. Before I invite you to learn with us at this year’s event, I would like to introduce you to Pastor Jon Drury.

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Thank you for joining us on the Inspire Christian Writers blog, Jon.

Wow! Thanks for having me. It is such an honor to rub shoulders (electronically) with the incredible family of Christian writers. This is my family, Christ-like, warm, selfless, highly committed people for the glory of God.

 

Your first book, Lord, I Feel So Small, was published in 2010. What are the high points of the process from writing the first draft to publication?

I started small, writing devotionals then moved up to articles. I finally grouped a number of healing articles into the book. It was a long six and a half year process.

A book is a big, big project. I learned from others that you have to be driven passionately to pursue that goal.

I wanted others to be healed by God’s truth even as I had been. It was sweet, constantly grappling with powerful truths from God’s Word.

 

What struggles did you face during this process?

There was much agony over the six or so Mt. Hermon conferences presenting the project, and collecting the 30+ rejections. It was hard to endure, when I felt so passionately about the message.

One publisher said “If it had been written by Max Lucado, it would sell a million copies.”

It felt like nine discouragements for every positive encouragement.

 

How did the Lord use your experiences as an aspiring author to plant the seed for the ministry we know as the Christian Writers Seminar?

Shortly after my first Mt. Hermon I attended a small writer’s seminar in Richmond called “Two Words on a Page.”

Starting to write was such a huge, positive turn in my life. When I saw that a local church could put on a seminar, I wanted to bring it to Redwood Chapel.

Ethel Herr was a wise mentor at this stage and encouraged us to make it instructional rather than featuring publishers.

 

What can writers expect when they attend this year’s Christian Writers Seminar, which is priced at only $119.00, if we register before February 10th?

You are guaranteed the warm, wonderful, welcoming fellowship of those who seek to write for publication and quality instruction from published authors. This seminar can take you from where you are and move you to the next step in your writing.

And Wow! Let me mention that this year we have a track just for Teen Writers, with two of our way fun instructors, Lynne Thompson (soccer mom) and John Olson (scientist and amazing fiction writer).

 

What would you say to a writer who is just beginning their adventure as an aspiring author?

First, get the tools. Attend some writing conferences, listen to tapes . . . whatever it takes to get the tools. They are not just the tools of English and writing, but the skills of connecting with publishers.

Next, get in a writer’s or critique group where you can read and share what you have written. Listen carefully to critiquing and editing. Learn.

Find the genre or niche where you have something significant to say. Then submit, submit, submit to publishers. Press through rejections. Keep at it.

 

What words of encouragement would you offer a writer who is facing discouragement in regards to their writing journey?

Grow deep in the Lord, but keep at it.

Christ demonstrated endurance and perseverance. God has called you (if you know Him).

Forge ahead, listening for his voice and direction. Turn up your spiritual hearing aid to listen beyond the forces of discouragement.

 

Thank you for blessing us with this interview and the ministry of the Christian Writers Seminar, Jon.

God’s richest blessings to your network of writers as you persist in fulfilling your gifts and call.

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Inspire Founder and President, Beth Thompson, will be teaching “Critique Groups that Work,” along with Pat Sikora, at the 2012 Christian Writers Seminar.

We look forward to seeing you there, February 17th and 18th in Castro Valley, California.

If you comment under this interview, you will be entered to win a copy of Jon Drury’s, Lord, I Feel So Small. Winners will be posted on the Inspire Website on February 10, 2012.

Xochi (so-she) Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves Jesus and digging into God’s Word. She lives in Northern California with her hubby, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. With a heart for prayer, Xochi enjoys encouraging women, teens and fellow authors. She writes YA Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, articles, poetry and devotions. You can visit Xochi’s author website at www.xedixon.com and fellowship with her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

January 31, 2012 in Conferences, Giveaway, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Fear Factor: A Prayer for the Trembling Heart

By Xochi E. Dixon

 

“O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you” (Psalm 84:12, NIV).

 

Thank You for giving us a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline, not timidity.

 

Empower us to write with courage and bold faith.

 

Revitalize our hearts with Your overflowing love, which casts out all fears.

 

Rid us of any negative self-talk or discouraging false beliefs that keep us from seeing ourselves as Your beloved children, highly favored and called to Your purpose.

 

Guard us from the fear of our weaknesses, which wears us out when we depend on our own strength, not Yours.

 

Guide us as we diligently hone our craft and let nothing hinder us from following Your leading.

 

Help us stand strong on the firm foundation of Your truth, focusing on You, not our circumstances, and trusting in Your faithfulness, goodness, and sovereignty.

 

We love You and praise You, no matter where You lead or how we feel. Hallelujah!

 

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV

 How has God helped you overcome a fear that

hinders growth in your writing ministry?

January 29, 2012 in Uncategorized by

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Let Your Light Shine

Both my son and daughter are avid mountain bikers. When Jason told me he was going on a lighted ride, my first response was, “Are you going on the mountain in the dark!?!”

“The lights show up better that way,” he said.

As his mom, I guess I was more afraid for him than he was. I’ve been looking on his FB page for pictures, but haven’t seen any, so the pic here is one I found on the Internet. When I look at it, I think of a song I learned (and have also taught) in Sunday school.

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine . . .”

Jesus said in John 9:5, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Yet He knew He wouldn’t be here in person long, so He taught His people how to be light. In Matthew 5:14, He said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, . . .”

Although Jesus was the light of the world, those living in darkness did not like Him or His light, because they preferred to keep their lifestyles (John 3:19). As Christ’s followers, many may not like the light we shine either, but be encouraged. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” John 8:12. That means we can trust our loving God to light our path. How? One way is with His word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” Psalm 119:105.

As Christian writers, we use all the creative tools available to us to shine above the many stories in reader land. Our mission is to tell people about God’s amazing love, and we do that by writing in different genres. It’s one of the ways we let our light shine. I feel like I’m constantly in continuing education to make my writing stand above the many manuscripts editors read so God’s message of His love will reach people around the world.

God gives each of us different talents and abilities to use as His beacons of light in this dark world. What tips can you give writers that make your work shine above the rest?

If you are a Christian mountain biker, you might be interested in this:  http://www.xschristians.com/sports/mountain-biking.aspx

Author of more than eighty articles and stories in Christian publications, Sue Tornai lives in Carmichael, California with her husband John and dog Maggie. They enjoy times spent in their camping trailer at Lake Almanor, California. Sue also teaches Sunday school, leads writing workshops and an inspiring writer’s critique group in Fair Oaks, California. Visit her at www.suetornai.com.

 

 

 

January 27, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Inspire Member Spotlight: Kari Mann

How long have you been a member of Inspire Christian Writers? 

Since the spring of 2010

 

What prompted you to join Inspire? 

I’ve always been a writer by heart, and it was a God given encounter with Beth Thompson, a Bible study friend, that connected me with Inspire Elk Grove Group.

Now, I have support, prayer partners and encouragement to take a passion to the next level of professionalism. I learn so much from this group and am honored to be a part.

 

Was there a particular moment when you knew you were a writer?

In elementary school, my essays were always longer than my classmates. English was my favorite subject and I enjoyed writing papers.

During one of our Inspire group’s critiques, I had them review a part in a manuscript where one of my characters die. It was tricky to write, and I wasn’t sure I articulated the emotion quite right.  When I stopped reading, I looked up and the participants had tears. I guess I was on the right track.

 

Describe your writing career high point and low point.

I still consider myself to be a “freshmen” in the process of getting published. A high point was at a seminar, I was able to meet an agent and pitch an idea to her. What a great experience!

She said my story was similar to one that was already published. That was a low point.

However, she was encouraging and told me true writers don’t necessarily always get published, but they continue to tell their stories. That swung the pendulum back to the memory being a great learning experience that will help me in my craft.

 

Which of your stories is the closest to your heart?

My story, Scent of the Violet is semi-autobiographical. It is about a dark time in my life when God taught me about patience, forgiveness and letting go. Something very dear was stolen from me during a time when my father was dying of cancer. I re-wrote the ending to get the closure I didn’t get in real life.

 

What project of yours is gathering dust?

I began a Bible study of an over-view of the Bible. It is written as though we are on a journey with different towns, cultures pit-stops and vista points. I hit the Old Testament minor prophets and stagnated.

 

What did you do when you were first published?

It was a small little blip in a parenting magazine, but I felt a surge of satisfaction. The principal at my children’s school spied it, and put it in a school newsletter encouraging the parents to go read it.

 

What’s next for you?

I have always wanted to do a novel on Bathsheba and the amazing life she had. I bounce between my many projects; a series of children’s books, my Bible Study and my contemporary novels.

 

What have you read recently that you couldn’t put down?

Edge of Eternity by Randy Alcorn. Life is a journey propelling us all toward eternity. Whether to cross the chasm with the Woodcutter is something all of us have to decide for ourselves.

My favorite classic that I re-read often is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

 

What does it mean to you to be a writer?

It would be such an honor to see my name printed on a book. To be able to motivate, inspire or evoke emotion as authors have done for me is something I have always dreamed of doing. It is a challenging task that often has me questioning my desire, but the stories keep coming. I am often compelled to get them out of my head.

Was there a book that changed your life?

The Bible.

It has it all–romance, conflict, poetry, prophecy, history . . .

 

Describe your writing environment. Or better yet, include a photo.

I usually write in our home office at the computer. Sometimes the desk is covered in research materials and motivational items that keep me inspired.

 

You can get to know Kari more by visiting her blog or her member’s page.

 

January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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From Picture Book to iPad App ~ Step 9

You might be thinking by now that the steps to developing an iPad app never end. Well… it sometimes feels like that to us too. Since none of us have ever done an iPad app before, there’s been a roller coaster learning curve and unforeseen setbacks in the schedule. Each of us on the team (Kate, Nur and myself) moved. Kate moved completely across the country last summer and I moved over Christmas.

Step Nine:

A. Beta Test
Now we’re back on track and actually in beta. For those who think I’m referring to a vitamin, a beta test is when your product moves (look at that.. even the app moved) from in-house testing to actual user testing. I have volunteers with young children using the app to see if they encounter bugs or any speed/performance issues needing to be addressed before we go to launch.

Preliminary input from our testers look good on the bug front—no crashes or obvious errors. I few tweaks have been suggested to make the user experience more satisfying.

B. Fix and Upload to App Store
Based on input from our beta testers, we’ll fix any problems that came up, adjust a few details in the presentation and tweak a few activities (I have a list). Then we upload it to the App Store for approval and launch.

C. Tell the World
Then I get to work contacting reviewers, telling everyone on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, notifying  newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and alerting my writer’s network to spread the word to their contacts and on their blogs.

You can help by going to Purple Carrot Books and signing up to get an email when the launch happens.

Do you have experience at spreading the word about a good product?

What’s your best technique to get something out there for the “world” to know about?

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Chris Pedersen and her husband live with a chocolate lab named Brandy in the beautiful Sierra foothills in California. Chris writes for children and loves crafting nonfiction stories from real life. The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is her first iPad app. Her other work in process is a chapter book titled How I Survived Third Grade.

Published work includes Work and Wag, about dog jobs, in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and A Saving Transformation, in THE DOG NEXT DOOR published by Revell. In addition, since conquering cancer with diet, Chris blogs about health, her heart passion, at Healthy Journey Café where she dishes out recipes and tips to achieve optimum wellness. Her writing journey is chronicled at Paws and Ponder.

January 23, 2012 in Marketing, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Proper Perspective: A Prayer for 2012

by Xochi E. Dixon

Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of writing for Your glory. As we step into 2012, help us focus on You, the Giver of our gifts.

Help us remember writing is a tool for ministry, as we worship You with each stroke of our pens and each tap on our keyboards.

Please guard our hearts from discouragement and fear. Empower us to step out of our comfort zones and follow wherever You lead.

Thank You for reminding us that You are a God of order and peace. Help us organize our ideas and write with clarity, courage, and passion founded in Your Truth.

Give us an extra measure of grace and diligence to meet deadlines with excellence of craft. Nurture a humble and teachable attitude within us as we do the hard work of learning the craft and encouraging other writers.

Please continue to bless the ministry of Inspire and each of the members You hand-selected to be a part of this incredible extension of the body of Christ.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.   Psalm 90:17 NIV

January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey, Writing Tips by

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Called By God

“You know, I began this race with a sense of calling. I felt led into the arena to fight for the future of this country. And I feel no different today than I did then, knowing a calling never guarantees a particular outcome but the journey that tests one faith and one’s character.”

If you heard this morning’s news, you heard Governor Rick Perry dropping out of the GOP race, and I’ve taken those words right from his speech. His strong sense of calling ended today. You might be tempted to wonder if Governor Perry ever was called to begin with. I mean, he quit, right? But I never gave that a second thought.

Though I wasn’t planning to vote for the sun-worn Texan, he has said some things throughout the race that resonated with me, and so I wanted to hear him this morning. I’m glad I took the time.

I’d say he nailed it with “a calling never guarantees a particular outcome.”

Which reminds me of a question I love asking my fellow writers: “If you were to die tomorrow, knowing that your book won’t get finished, would you be okay with that?” My friend, Julie Williams, didn’t like that question. That’s because she’s an amazing writer with an intriguing manuscript that’s in yet another revision.

I’m sure that Governor Perry could see himself as our next president. I’m certain that he would lie awake at night thinking there was a strong possibility that God’s plans for America would include him. I bet God will include him. Just not inside the Oval Office as President. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps” (Prov. 16:9). Who knows where God plans to take this man and his passion for the bigger picture?

You know about passion, don’t you? That feeling of being called?

I haven’t met one writer who doesn’t know it. If you’ve ever sat at a major Christian writers conference and hung on the words of keynote speakers, had those goose bumps lift the hairs on your arms, your neck, and across your face…Our calling couldn’t be more confirming.

We feel anointed, don’t we?

Afterward, we determine to plow ahead and do whatever it takes to establish our personal platforms. Learn and refine our craft. Discover our voice. Read up and practice, practice, practice. We put ourselves through the grueling hot seat of critique—especially grueling in my critique group.

Then we carry our wounded selves back home, wipe off the blood, plant our bruised bottoms back into the computer chair, and begin again the tortuous circuit of more revisions than we wish were necessary. All for this unrelenting certainty of being called. But if you were to die tomorrow?

Some of you have known since you were listening to stories from inside those maternal uterine walls you’d be a writer. Others of you didn’t hear that call until later in life. And for too many of us, it was much later, and we wonder if we’ve got enough time left to write these blasted books.

Is that Dana Sudboro I hear laughing? But this calling, it doesn’t guarantee a particular outcome, now does it? And if our desired outcome never comes to fruition? Why are we putting ourselves through all this? Were we ever really called to write?

Well, before you go get the razor blade, consider Governor Perry’s last sentence: “It’s the journey, that tests one faith and one’s character.”

As a writer, I’m not convinced this “faith” even promises me publication, in order to prove my calling from God as a writer. Rather I’m convinced that it’s a faith that, throughout this writing journey, God “will keep [me] strong to the end, so that [I] will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Because “God, who has called [me] into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (I Cor. 1:8, 9; italics mine).

And all these professional hoopholders we’ve been accommodating? They’re just tools in God’s hands. But it is what it is. And God has chosen writing for our journey, writers. But it’s a journey toward Christ-likeness. Maybe, just maybe, publication too.

But publication isn’t, and can’t be, the end-all for Christian writers. Oh, I know it feels that way. Has all the earmarks too. But if we could get our hands on a pair of spiritually-dimensional glasses, to see what human eyes cannot…there’s a battle raging around us, determined to re-direct our focus away from the bigger picture.

That’s another thing Governor Perry said, and I’m only closely paraphrasing: “This race for the presidency isn’t about the candidates. Never has been. It’s about a much greater purpose, something much bigger than any one person.”

Our calling as writers is not to be separated from our position as God’s called out ones. And we’ve been called out for the purpose of pointing people to Jesus the Christ.

I think about the sea of writers who may never find their title on a bookstore shelf, though their words will still be read and felt each day. In critique groups. In submissions to editors who need encouragement, though their publication can’t use your piece right now. On blogs. In hand-written letters and cards. In emails. But it takes a heavenly perspective to see our journey as inspiring as the outcome. “There’s joy in the journey,” someone wrote. Time I started focusing more on the journey.

Just in case I die tomorrow and find myself standing before Jesus.

Jennifer Hamilton is a writer/editor who cheers the Auburn/Grass Valley Inspire group toward excellence; ever acknowledging that it is God who equips and trains, who opens and closes doors for opportunity. Her writing affirmations: Daring Faith, a 42-day devotional; two Bible Studies; DaySpring Cards; and freelancing for Cook Communications. Jennifer is also a blossoming grandmother of eight, a reflective mother of six, and the unexpected joy of her very own Solomon of nearly thirty years—all of which, has culminated into a masterpiece stroked in oils of complete surrender.

Find out more at www.jrhediting.com.  And while you’re there, leave a comment at http://jrhediting.com/blog

 

January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Inspire Member Spotlight: Dina Preuss

How long have you been a member of Inspire?

I came to Inspire in September 2009, but due to neck surgeries in Oct 2009 and again in Dec 2010 I was unable to return until recently at the 2011 Write to Inspire Conference when I finally became a member.

 

What prompted you to join Inspire?

I wanted to be with like-minded people to build genuine friendships that have the support and encouragement of one another in their work for what the Lord leads.

 

Was there a particular moment when you knew you were a writer?

Twenty-five years ago while living in West Germany I used to make-up stories to tell my three toddler sons, and realized I really enjoyed telling stories.

 

Describe your writing career high point and low point.

I began writing poetry in 1982 and I won the “Golden Poets Award” in 1989 and was to be presented with my award on National Television by the renowned comedian Bob Hope! Unfortunately, I was stuck in West Germany with three toddlers and that trip did not work itself out, so I got a plaque instead. Needless to say, that in itself was both a high and a low!

Then, I began writing fiction in 1990, but had some setbacks in 1998 due to some family tragedies which included my mother’s illness and death in 1999, so I shelved all of my work and didn’t begin writing again until after I moved here to California in 2006.

I talked about my love of writing with my new husband and took it up again after a fall down a flight of stairs landed me at home on temporary disability with not much else to do in 2009. Ed’s been a huge encourager and a great support.

My second setback came after I underwent two separate neck fusions in 2009 and 2010. Because I’ve experienced varied complications from my injuries (not the surgeries) I haven’t been able to write much. I spent most of 2010 with severe vertigo.

The “High Points”… I remember the first time a story idea popped into my head and I fell in love with the idea of writing it. I told my father, and he mailed me some writing technique books he had in his own library. I remember the thrill I felt when I first opened that small box of books from my dad. I remember pulling each book out and looking at it, and then realizing that “I am going to be a writer.

It was pretty amazing… thanks Dad.

That was 22 years ago. I tell people I’m taking the scenic route to publication.

I’m in a great critique group and am looking forward to celebrating another High Point of publication some day with my friends at Inspire!

 

Which of your stories is the closest to your heart?

The story I’m currently working on, because it has entwined my love for sharing my Jewish faith and revived my love for writing.

 

What project of yours is gathering dust?

That would be my First Love… the first novel I began to write after I decided I really wanted to be a writer is called Freedom’s Call. It’s an espionage book that takes place in East and West Germany just prior to and at the time the gates were opened into Czechoslovakia allowing East Germans to escape to the free world.

I lived in West Germany during that amazing time and was fortunate to meet many of the East Germans who wanted to tell their stories. My novel was birthed from that experience.

 

What’s next for you?

I’m focusing primarily on writing, and then polishing my current Biblical-fiction novel, and when that’s near completion I’ll begin my search for an agent.

I’m also trying to get tech savvy enough to run my blog, “Blue Jeans and Chocolate.” Eventually I’d like to begin a Messianic Believers blog as well. But for now I remain computer-challenged and am inching my way through learning to blog.

 

What have you read recently that you couldn’t put down?

Winter Haven by Athol Dickson

Athol’s books have won several awards, and if you read his writing you will soon see why. He is a brilliant, captivating author. This book is Gothic style, which I don’t normally read, but I just can’t get enough of Athol Dickson!

 

What does it mean to you to be a writer?

Being a writer for me, is a way to share a part of who I am as a person; to leave behind a legacy of who I have been. It’s a way for me to share my Jewishness with my Christian family, a way to share where God is leading me as He walks with me through this thing we call life.

 

Was there a book that changed your life?

My goodness, there are so many… twenty years ago I read Hinds feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard. It was pretty enthralling.

More recently, I’d have to say perhaps Our Father Abraham, by Marvin R. Wilson.

 

Describe your writing environment.

Well, I do have a laptop which I use while out in our living area if I’m bored with being in my office space or if my husband needs the desktop for some reason. But usually I write during the day while he’s at work, so I’m in the office, and since I can’t type for long periods of time in one setting I use my Dragon Naturally Speaking system and simply talk into my microphone and my computer types what I say as I dictate. (Don’t get too excited, it does make a lot of mistakes so I have to go slowly and fix them as we go along.)

You can get to know Dina better by visiting her blog or her member page.

January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Callout: Chicken Soup for the Soul–The Power of Positive Thinking

If you’re interested in writing personal experience stories, here’s a great opportunity for you:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive! 101 Inspirational Stories about Changing Your Life through Positive Thinking

After the success of our book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, we are ready to make another book full of stories about how you changed your life, solved a problem, or overcame a challenge through a positive attitude, counting your blessings, or an epiphany of some kind. Tell us your success story about using the power of positive!

Topics could include:

  • Attitude! It does make a difference
  • The unexpected benefits of challenges
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Turning negative into positive
  • How you spread the message of gratitude to others
  • Lighten up and laugh!
  • What made you realize that your life is good and that you are grateful
  • Silver linings that you have discovered
  • Appreciating the simple pleasures
  • … Anything else that you think that is interesting and inspirational

Your stories or poems need to be nonfiction and about your personal experiences or those of someone close to you. No “creative writing” please. We prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1,200 words. If you ghost-write a story for someone else, that person, not you, will be listed as the author of the story. We are no longer running “as told to” stories. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major print publications.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for US $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoup.com

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

DEADLINE FOR STORY SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 30, 2012.

January 13, 2012 in Announcements, Opportunities, Publishing, Uncategorized by

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Screenwriters Workshop in Redding CA

 

March 9-10 Bethel Church in Redding will host the Act One Screenwriting Workshop led by industry professionals from Los Angeles who follow Jesus, write for TV and screen and teach others how to craft stories with authenticity and impact.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Creating unforgettable characters
  • Developing dialogue
  • Finding your structure
  • Writing spectacular scenes
  • Visual images
  • Paradox
  • Haunting moments

 

January 12, 2012 in Announcements, Training Workshops by

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