OUR NEXT MEETING - March 21, 2015

The Lighthouse Church

27225 Kaye Road

Laurel, DE 19947

Rebecca Jones, facilitator for the March meeting

Rebecca Jones, our facilitator for March, will open her church to us, The Lighthouse, on Rt. 9. Not only that, but she will share one of her most captivating talents: The Art of Storytelling. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, there is always value in the telling of a tale. Don't miss Rebecca's segment on how to write a story that will draw your readers in.

 

As always, if you have a manuscript you want critiqued, bring ten copies of up to five double spaced pages. 

 

See you at The Lighthouse Church on Saturday!

 

MARKETING OPPORTUNITY

 

Wilma Caraway has been invited to make a presentation in April at the Methodists Women’s Annual Spring Conference to discuss Christian publishing and local authors. If you would like your books placed on the book table for viewing and/or selling, please bring them to the March DCWF meeting. They're expecting about 50 attendees, and since Wilma can't carry too many books, two or three books from each author will be sufficient. Also, provide a brief statement promoting your book, include how you were inspired to write, how you came up with the title, etc. Be sure to have your books priced. You can supply your business cards. For additional information email Wilma at wiletc@comcast.net or give her a call at 302.337.7181.

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. Right now, we're accepting manuscripts for our DCWF's 2015 Christmas book (stories, devotionals, poems, puzzles, and more). 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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