Promises—as children we banter them about like candy. Then we grow up. We give oaths, bear witness, and make vows. There is power in promises. The Scriptures are full of God’s promises.
What can you share about promises?
Do you have stories of how God has fulfilled promises in your life?
Has someone you trusted given and broken a promise to you?
What has God taught you during this time?
Have you ever given a promise and needed God’s help to fulfilled it?
This is your opportunity to share your stories. Inspire Christian Writers is accepting personal experience and fiction stories, poems and devotionals on the topic of promises for the Inspire Promises 2014 Anthology.
All Inspire Christian Writer members are welcome to submit one or more pieces. Submissions will be accepted between March 1st and June 1st, 2014.
We promise you could be part of another fabulous Inspire publication.
by David Hyde
Interior, Living Room Rio Linda, Ca -Night
Pan Left into Hitchcock Zoom: A blank page stares back at our lonely writer. Pencil tapping on his temple he sits up, and then lays back. UP! Then back. He reaches for the page, but stops. Looking about the room: A bookshelf, a globe, a cat sleeps on the window sill. Back to the globe, to the window, rain splashes on the glass. Pencil reaches the paper. The lead breaks…
Screenwriting and composing stage drama are uniquely visual in our world of writing. While fiction, poetry, and other genres strive to communicate to a reader’s mind’s-eye so that they are able to TELL others about the story, screenwriters and playwrights must write to communicate their vision in a way that others can then take it and SHOW their story to others.
For drama, as in fiction, story is king. Without story, no one will sit through 90 minutes in a dark theater or two hours in front of a stage. There, however, is where similarity to other writing forms ends. With that in mind, Inspire Christian Writers is forming a new critique group just for this genre of writers. The Faith-Based film industry is exploding in America. Following the success of the Kendrick Brothers (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) and others, independent Christian production companies are seeing successes like never before. And this means writing opportunities for writers such as ourselves like never before.
Instead of the starry-eyed dreams of acceptance speeches and golden statues on the mantle, our goal is to hone our craft so God can use our stories in ways never before possible. To grow our craft and learn from each other on this journey into the nether land of film and stage shall surely be an adventure unto itself.
So, if you have ever had a vision so grand that it simply wouldn’t fit on the page, or words that just must be spoken instead of read, maybe screen or stage is for you. Please join us, on-line monthly, or in person on the first Thursday each month 7pm in Rio Linda, California. Passion, vision, and a willingness to learn is all that is needed.
Please email the leader at DavidHyde@inspirewriters.com for more information or to sign up for this group.
Valentine’s Day will be upon us before you know it. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who likes to read, how about a gift that will pierce the heart and move the soul–a copy of Fractured Hearts, by Kathryn Mattingly, an Inspire Christian Writers member and award winning author.
Not for the faint of heart, this collection of short stories deals with every type of love that drives us to do what we do—for better or for worse. Whether whimsical ghosts in love with art or cats transformed by the full moon, you’ll wonder if even the most unbelievable is somehow true. From a gypsy child in Rome to a widow in Aruba, the stories transport you to faraway places. Fractured Hearts includes five pieces recognized nationally for excellence as outstanding literature.
Kathryn Mattingly will sign copies on Saturday, February 8th from 4-6PM at
4359 Town Center Blvd.
El Dorado Hills, CA
In honor of Valentine’s Day, decadent chocolates will be served throughout the afternoon.
More information, including reviews of stories featured in the book, can be found on the author’s website, www.penpublishpromote.com. To arrange an interview with Kathryn Mattingly, or request a review copy of Fractured Hearts, contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, at 952-240-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 is approaching at warp speed! I hope 2013 has been good to you so far and that you are achieving your writing goals. We still have several opportunities this year to learn the craft, fellowship with other Christian writers, build our platforms and pray for each other.
Here are the events we have planned:
Monday, 10/7 Board Meeting
Thursday, 10/17 Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
This month we’ll learn how to use Twitter for ministry and as part of an effective author platform with our special guest, Cheri Douglas. If you need help setting up a Twitter account, come at 8am! Read pages 154-175 in Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World before workshop. We’ll be posting more information about this workshop on Monday, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, 10/22 Inspire Prayer Meeting @ Beth Thompson’s house. For directions, email BethThompson@InspireWriters.com
Saturday, 10/26 Book Launch & Signing: The Princess in the Opal Mask, 1-3PM Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights CA 95610
Saturday, 11/2 Book launch for Running with Roselle, co-authored by Inspire writer Jeanette Hanscome . Details coming soon!
Monday, 11/4 Board Meeting
Thursday, 11/7 (Note date change due to Thanksgiving!) Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
During this month’s Platform workshop we will wrap up Part 3 of Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
Saturday, 11/16 Publishing Smackdown with Susy Flory and Lorena Bathey at First Covenant Church 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, in the Chapel (More details later this week!)
Tuesday, 11/26 Inspire Prayer Meeting @ Beth Thompson’s house. For directions, email BethThompson@InspireWriters.com
Monday, 12/2 Board Meeting
Thursday, 12/19 Build Your Author Platform, 9:00-12:00 at First Covenant Church, 10933 Progress Court, Rancho Cordova, 95670 Rm 203
Be sure to read Part 4 of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (we’ve already read pages 154-175 prior to October’s workshop, so read 127-153 and 176-192.)
Inspire Christmas Celebration, date and details to be announced.
We will not meet for our regular 4th Tuesday night prayer in December.
In addition to these events, we have ongoing critique groups that meet locally throughout Northern California and online nationwide. Check out our Groups page to get connected.
Every Wednesday, we host Prayers4Writers on Twitter. This is an opportunity to pray with and for writers worldwide. Cheri Douglas leads these prayers. If you have a Twitter account, join us on Wednesdays from 6-7pm (PDT). Use the hashtag #WritetoInspire to connect & pray.
If you’re an Inspire writer with a book launch coming up, be sure to let me know so I can help spread the word. What fun things would you like to see from Inspire in 2014?
Ready for some fun?
Join Inspire Christian Writers as we launch our newest anthologies, Inspire Faith and Friends of Inspire Faith,
Many local authors will be available to meet you and share insights about their books and their writing and publishing journeys. Anthology contributors will also be on hand. Refreshments will be served.
Bring your family and friends!
In addition to the anthologies, there will be many other books available for purchase.
Here are some of the authors you’ll see on Saturday:
Saturday, August 31st is also the deadline for submissions to our 2014 anthology, Inspire Victory! If you have an encouraging story of how God helped you or someone you know overcome life’s challenges, you can submit it here.
Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore has finally arrived in local bookstores!
We’re celebrating with a launch and author book signing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday. Bring all your friends and join the fun. Shannon will be available to discuss the series, the writing process and what’s next for her. She’ll also be signing books and giving away lots of posters. Don’t miss this chance to meet an author who unashamedly keeps her readers up at night.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series–Angel Eyes and Broken Wings–you’re in luck! Both titles are available at ridiculously great prices as part of the celebration of Dark Halo’s release. They are only $1.99 each from any of the major etailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, CBD.)
Here’s a little teaser for Dark Halo:
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.
Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks. It’s impossibly beautiful—and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle rages above Stratus, Oregon.
The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle’s sleep.
Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap.
Now she’s stranded in a sulfurous desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he’s offering her another halo—a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do is wear it and she’ll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more nightmares. No more demons. It’s a gift. And best of all: it comes with the promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking from her.
Will Brielle trade the beauty of the Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?
Dark Halo Launch Party
Saturday August 24th
Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Want to get to know Shannon better? Visit her blog where you can sign up to receive her newsletter, Things Unseen. And be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!
Are you looking to hone your craft, learn about Christian publishing, and meet interesting authors? Would you like to connect with other writers for support, encouragement and prayer? We’ve found a great way to do all these things using one of fastest-growing social networks online–Twitter!
Inspire is launching a new weekly Tweet Chat! Our chats will rotate between author chats and prayers for writers. We will use the hashtag #WritetoInspire. Join us on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00PM (PDT).
Because many of our writers are new to Twitter, I’m sharing some basics to help you navigate the Tweet Chat.
How to Chat on Twitter:
Our Tweet Chat hosts will be @CheriDouglas and . Be sure you are following them on Twitter. I know they’ll do a great job and make these chats fun and engaging.
You can find me on Twitter too, @InspireWriters. You’ll see me on the chats, too. I’ll be helping out wherever needed.
Here are the simple steps to get plugged into the chat:
1. Enter “#WritetoInspire” into the search box at the top of the Twitter page. When you hit search, you will find the tweet stream.
2. When you comment and interact be sure to include #WritetoInspire (our hashtag) with EVERY tweet. If you copy and paste the hashtag, it will be really easy.
3. Try to stay on subject and follow the stream of the conversation. Use times outside chats to ask other important and relevant questions.
4. Be courteous. This is a time for open discussion.
5. Connect: chats provide a great opportunity to follow and develop followers among the writers who participate.
6. Pray for the chat and those who take part in it.
7. Invite others. We are growing and will offer more chats as part of our mission to equip writers to inspire the world.
Are you ready to Chat with the 2013 Write to Inspire Conference speakers? Our first Wednesday night chats will feature the speakers. It’s a great time to get to know them a bit and ask any questions you have.
Elizabeth M. Thompson leads Inspire Christian Writers. When she’s not writing devotionals or planning the next Write to Inspire conference, she’s learning to write more transparently with her Inspire Fair Oaks/Rancho Cordova group. She enjoys connecting with other writers via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
She has an active home which she shares with her fabulous husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a few errant dust bunnies.
Join us on Friday, June 14th at 6:30 pm for the launch of Kathryn Mattingly’s debut novel, Benjamin!
Kathryn will be signing books at Face in a Book, in El Dorado Hills, CA.
Here’s a little teaser about Benjamin:
After a brief affair with a man that would exit her life as completely as he had entered it, Victoria Agostini makes the heartfelt decision to raise their son Benjamin, alone. Through a dramatic set of events, the boy’s special gift leads her back into the life of this man who unknowingly fathered Benjamin, and she is suddenly faced with the complications of this reunion. Wondering whether father and son are mere mortals or something more, her confusion about faith and the complexities of love present difficult questions. Answers are hard earned as she struggles to protect what matters most to her–Benjamin.
“Kathryn Mattingly has created a story and characters brimming with emotion, intelligence and spirituality. The book takes a number of twists and turns but never forgets to keep us grounded as we join her narrator’s journey, from her being mystified to sanctified and, ultimately, to finding fulfillment.”- Ed Goldman, Sacramento Business Journal
Inspire Christian Writer member Kathryn Mattingly is also a featured writer for Leading Possibilities e-magazine.
Book Launch & Signing:
Friday, June 14th
Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., #113, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Watch for more from this promising, award-winning author!
On Saturday, June 8th, Inspire authors Shannon Dittemore and Jenny Lundquist will be meeting readers, chatting about books and publishing and signing copies of their books.
Join us for a fun, relaxed time of fellowship, book-signing and browsing one of the most charming independent bookstores ever.
Shannon’s books Angel Eyes and Broken Wings will be available. The much-anticipated Dark Halo has not yet released. Jenny will be signing her middle grade books, Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly. We have to wait a little longer for the release of The Princess in the Opal Mask.
Do you love reading, browsing fun bookstores and meeting authors? If so, this is the event for you!
Saturday, June 8th
11am – 1pm
4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA
…to Inspire Writer Keli Gwyn for her outstanding achievement in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards!
Keli’s debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California was awarded first place in the Inspirational Romance category and second place in the Best First Book category.
Way to go Keli! We are so proud of you.