OUR NEXT MEETING - July 16, 2016 

9 to Noon

Georgetown Presbyterian Church

Tunnell Hall

203 N. Bedford Street

Georgetown, DE 19947

Blessed to be a Blessing

Diana Pletts, facilitator for the July 2016 meeting

Diana Pletts, facilitator of the July meeting, says: In my life as a writer/recovering writer, I have met with both struggles and successes. In my most recent period of struggle, I realized that writing is more than success or failure. Writing is also a gift of communication that God has not given to everyone. This has helped me realize, during times when my writing life seems incoherent, stagnant (or other), that I can use my gifts as a writer to bless people or organizations that need help with their communications.

 

As writers, we can provide assistance to not for profits, churches, and friends and family by using our gifts and skills in ways that are not a big deal for us but that solve a problem for someone else. Blessing others by assisting them with our writing skills is a simple matter of applying our writing skills to help them get the word out through public service announcements, their resume written, a book review written, or whatever the need is. 

 

During the July meeting, I will show what and how to say it, and where. This is a way to keep on writing and blessing another in the process, even when your writing doesn't seem to be blessing you. We are blessed, in our gift of writing, to be a blessing. And that just might tide us over.

 

CRITIQUE:

Bring up to five double-spaced pages of your WIP (work in progress) if you want a critique during the meeting. We will do our best to be sure we fit them in.

 

REFRESHMENTS:

This month's refreshments will be provided by Rebecca Jones

Meeting Schedule

DCWF meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (with a few exceptions). Click here for the agenda and meeting dates and locations. We're a friendly group, eager to share resources about conferences, books, websites -- anything that will strengthen us as Christians who write. We hope you'll feel right at home from your first visit. If you ever find an exception to that, let us know!

Call for Submissions

If you're interested in submitting your manuscript for publication, we often have opportunities that we'll post on this page. One of our award-winning authors, Wilma Caraway, is compiling an anthology about things that kids say. Click this page to find out more.

 

 

 

 

Manuscript Critiques

At our regular meetings, we have a critique session, so bring your manuscript (8-10 copies of up to five double-spaced pages). No trembling, new folks--we'll point out the strengths as well as observations of areas that could be improved.

 

 

Pictures from our 2014 Collins Pond Retreat

Pictures from our 2013 Collins Pond Retreat

Pictures from our 2012 Collins Pond Retreat

 

 Purpose of DCWF

 

  • To encourage Christians on the Delmarva Peninsula to write with excellence in as many ways as possible, as diligently as possible. (Just imagine the impact if every believer who ever thought of writing were to put those words on paper and share them with a few close friends. From letters to articles to books and self-publishing, opportunities abound.)

 

  • To knit a strong foundation of encouragement, undergirding, and support, spurring one another on toward love and good deeds–all the more as we see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25). The word "Fellowship" in our name is as important as "Writing."

 

  • To provide training for excellence through seminars, publications, critiquing, guest speakers, etc., so that we may present ourselves to God as workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

2012 Collins Pond Writers' Retreat
We're a friendly group! Whether you're a beginning writer or published author, Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship is eager to come alongside to help. We offer encouragement, inspiration, writing resources, education, prayer, and fellowship.

 

 

What you can expect from DCWF

 

Here we are at our monthly meeting in Oct. 2008 where our teaching was about manuscript formatting and how to navigate Microsoft Word. It is becoming more common for our members to bring their laptops. We're doing our best to keep abreast of the leaps and bounds of technology.

 

Established in 1993, the group has approx. 45 members on the rolls with an average attendance of 8 to 15 and a regional mailing list of 130. The majority are new writers who are mentored by those of us who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with numerous resources to build up the Christian who writes.

 

There is  no membership fee, no "formal" agenda, and no pressure, but we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing.

 

We meet once a month, the third Saturday, from 9 until 12:30 (sometimes 10 to 2). Our meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, critique groups, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats.  

 

A number of our members attend regional or national conferences (visit www.writehisanswer.com for links to the Philadelphia and Colorado conferences).

 

 

President Abe Lincoln makes a guest appearance for an interview at the DCWF January 18, 2014 meeting

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