May 2017: Writer, Stop Beating Yourself Up!

Jeanie Jacobson
We’re often our own harshest critics. That negativity can stifle our creative flow, and hinder our momentum. Join author Jeanie Jacobson for a night of encouragement and fresh starts. We’ll not only give ourselves a “grace pass,” we'll use five keys to identify--and eradicate--the culprits that hinder our writing process. Together we'll move forward with creating, honing, and submitting our wo...
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Why Attend a Writer’s Conference?

It's not too late to join us! Attending a conference is a commitment. You have to reserve the block of time (which gets harder and harder with today’s busy lifestyle). You have to pay the conference fees. You have to prepare a pitch in case you run into the perfect editor or agent. And the list goes on. Sometimes it feels like too much! So why should you attend? Here are just a few reasons. ...
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The Value of Networking with Other Authors at Writers Conference

Have you ever attended a writer’s conference? You probably expect to get things out of the guest speakers and special sessions, but what about the other authors? There are a number of items you could easily receive simply by networking with other authors. Here are just a few: Ideas Authors are brimming with ideas at all times. Now, you aren’t going to go around grabbing other people’s id...
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March 2017: Why Genre Matters

Lee Warren
Author/Editor Lee Warren shares, "Why Genre Matters." Readers have certain expectations when they buy books. Romance readers expect a HEA (happily ever after). Readers of women's fiction expect strong female protagonists. Memoir readers expect the author to be vulnerable, while devotional or how-to book readers expect insight. If you don't meet genre/reader expectations, your manuscript wil...
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Attending Writers Conference: Anticipating 2017

2017 Conference
Today, Janet Sobczyk joins us again and shares her anticipation for this year's writers conference! It’s been almost a year since my first Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference. I’ve made great strides (okay, baby steps) with my writing. It feels terrific! Right away I joined Wordsowers and began to attend their monthly meetings at the Swanson Library in Omaha. I can’t always make it (th...
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$25 + 1 Critique = Your Success

critique submissions
When you read your manuscript, you read what you think you wrote, not what’s actually there. It’s nearly impossible to read your own work! What if you could have a professional writer read it and tell you what they thought? They might have just the right suggestions to make it really shine! Oh, but that would be expensive. That would clean you out, right? Wrong! When you attend the Wordsowers C...
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Attending Writer’s Conference: Meeting With Speakers

Conference attendee in a one-on-one meeting with author Cheryl St. John.
Today, new Wordsower, Janet Sobczyk shares about her experience meeting with speakers.  At the 2016 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference I met three of the speakers. Each made a lasting impression. First, Lee Warren at his book table. He’s a journalist, author, editor, and member of Wordsowers Christian Writers. I attended his workshop, and purchased his instructional materials for writ...
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Attending Writers Conference: A Change of Outlook

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Today, Janet Sobczyk joins us again to share about her first experience at a Wordsowers Writers Conference. The 2016 WCW Conference changed my entire outlook on writing. Over the span of two days last April I was transformed, in my own mind, from “someone who likes to write” into a Writer and a Poet.  I grew to understand that’s who I am,  even if it’s not what I do full-time. I was surpri...
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Attending Writers Conference: A First-Timer’s Experience

We've come a long way from 20 conference attendees just a few years ago.
Today, new Wordsower, Janet Sobczyk shares her first experience at a Wordsowers Writers Conference. A close friend of mine heard an ad for the 2016 Wordsowers Writers Conference on KGBI Radio, and texted me about it. I looked into the details, but hesitated. There were two strikes against my going: It fell on a busy weekend. It seemed a stretch to my slim budget.   However, my ...
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