Marilyn Emanuel will facilitate our March meeting. She will lead a discussion that will address:
- What is Addiction?
- How is Addiction a Family Disease?
- What are the Unique Challenges for Writing about Addiction?
- What are the Special Opportunities for Writing about Addiction?
Marilyn Watrous Emanuel, earned a B.A., English, from the University of MD, and MS., Pastoral Counseling, from Loyola University in MD. A former Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she worked for 24 years as a psychotherapist, combining her pastoral counseling skills with expertise as an addictions and family counselor. For sixteen years, Ms. Emanuel worked at Father Martin’s Ashley (now Ashley, Inc.) which was ranked among the top five U.S. residential treatment centers. There, she established their first Family Wellness Program, using her writing skills to develop a workbook for Ashley families, from which she trained Russian counselors to offer the first family program in their country.
Marilyn has spoken to professionals and in churches and has contributed to company and church newsletters. She worked professionally in the United Methodist Church and is an ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon. She was an ordained healing minister at Grace Fellowship, Timonium MD and led Bible Studies and church programs for almost fifty years. She is married with two daughters and two granddaughters, worships at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach, and enjoys writing.
We will also critique manuscripts (bring 5 pages max., double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font). If time permits.
Refreshments will be coordinated by Elizabeth Boerner.
Ben Patterson will facilitate our February meeting, and he says the topic will be simply "Passive Voice." He will lead open discussion on how to recognize and avoid the use of passive voice (and techniques for using active voice instead. We will critique manuscripts (bring 5 pages max., double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font). If time permits, we will have a free-write.
Betty Kasperski will facilitate our January meeting, with Judi Folmsbee handling refreshments.
Our theme, "Babes in Toyland," is based on a free-write that Betty has planned for us. Jog your memory and recall a special toy, game, or memory from your childhood. It may be a doll, Lite-Brite, Barbie, Cabbage Patch kid, Super-hero, stuffed animal, or even an imaginary friend. Think about how you interacted with it; what it meant to you. In our timed, writing reflection exercise you will be asked to write about it. We will get your creative juices going and find a memory that only you can share. Think about it and bring the item with you if you can. Fun awaits!
If you have a work-in-progress, please bring your manuscript for critique (max. 5 pages, double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-pt. font).
Agenda: 9:15 opening prayer/devotion, sharing around the table, 2 minutes only please; 10:00 Break; 10:15 lesson and free-write, 11:15 -12:00 Critiques. Noon: Adjourn/cleanup
Claire Smith will facilitate our December meeting. An idea sprung to mind about how to implement last month's suggestion that we each bring a Christmas memory to share. She will bring a box full of odds and ends and, from it, we will elicit Christmas "memories." THAT will be a challenge! But there is also tremendous potential for fun in this.
She also wants to have a timed writing with the catch phrase, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," so you can give this some thought before the meeting. The only requirement is that you don't put anything on paper until it's time.
In keeping with our tradition, everyone is asked to bring Christmas goodies to share for refreshments.
We'll also take volunteers for leaders to handle meeting facilitation and refreshments for 2017, so you might want to bring your calendars.
The church has need of Tunnell Hall by 11:45 and has asked us to wrap up our meeting early, so we'll aim to close the meeting at 11:30, allowing fifteen minutes for clean-up. The agenda will be: Welcome. Prayer. Christmas box. Break. Timed writing. Home. Hope you can join us!
TWO BOOK SIGNINGS on Sunday, December 18! Please see our member spotlight page for information about two book signings that will take place the day after our meeting, featuring Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship members Judi Folmsbee (Preposterous Pebbles) at Perfect Misfits in Georgetown and Wilma Caraway (Kids' Talk: Priceless!) at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth.
Also, please congratulate Mary Emma Tisinger on her successful book launch last Sunday at Calvary Assembly of God. She gave a stirring talk, and Through the Falling Leaves was warmly received.
Judi Folmsbee will facilitate our November meeting and teach from The Ultimate Book Launch Guide – 33 Ideas Any Author Can Use
written by Jared Dees. The book marketing journey, according to Jared Dees, is broken down into seven steps for the ideal reader:
1. Know the book exists.
2. Like and trust the author of the book.
3. Try the book.
4. Buy the book. (The Bridge)
5. Read the book.
6. Review the book.
7. Refer the book to a friend.
I will go through each step and give examples (personal and from Jared’s online book), using a bridge as an analogy. Once over the bridge, it is the responsibility of the author to unite with the ideal reader to lead this new group of people by encouraging them to try other books of yours, buy your products, take your online courses, or attend your book launch party.
Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Conference
"Fall Into Writing"
Sat., October 15, 2016
8 AM - 3 PM
Crossroad Community Church
20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Co-hosted by three Sussex County Christian Writers Fellowship groups:
Vine & Vessels Christian • Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship
• Kingdom Writers Fellowship
Rebecca Jones, storyteller extraordinaire, will lead our September 17th meeting and teach us about Flash Fiction. She'll go over definitions of flash fiction and how it can help people while as they write their own books. Many people at the Fellowship have, no doubt, used the methods of flash fiction when writing stories for magazines and such. I'll have some examples and will encourage others to at least begin something.
If you have a work in progress (WIP) you would like critiqued, please bring 10-20 copies of up to five double-spaced pages (one-inch margins, 12 pt. font). See Critique Guidelines for further info.
Rebecca will also be providing refreshments.
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.
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.
This month's refreshments will be provided by Rebecca Jones
Elizabeth Boerner, Fruitbearer publicist, is facilitating our June meeting. Her topoic, “Story Board Meets Commercial,” will be a great tool to explore the how-to’s behind simplifying your thoughts when it comes to your book and its focus. Even if you do not have a book completed for publishing, it is never too early to know who you are writing for, where your sellable location is, and the key components that sell a book. Get ready for a writing exercise that will help you see your book through the eyes of the masses. Come prepared for FUN! This interactive learning will be a great tool you will use for a long time.
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.
This month's refreshments will be provided by Debra Fitzgerald.
Virginia Derrickson, one of our newer members, is jumping right in to facilitate the May meeting. She'll help us bring our characters to life through the use of tags and dialogue. Get ready to interact with your characters!
If you have a WIP (Work In Progress) and want a critique, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (no more than five pages), 12 point text, 1" margins.
This month's refreshments will be provided by the Derricksons.
Does your language—no matter the target audience or writing style—stir up deep feelings? Consider borrowing (consciously or subconsciously) elements of Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric from lyricists and composers of Songs of the Heart. Stephen Klyce and Leslie Claunch will utilize elements of Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric to help us gain new insight into our present writings. Song lyrics that are melded and molded into unforgettable tunes can speak to us and sear themselves into our memory banks. Beautiful melodies and poignant texts are a surefire way to stir our deepest emotions. That's why Music is often termed our "universal language." Come prepared to stir old memories and make new music with your words as Stephen and Leslie share their favorite tunes and texts, old and new, from Baroque to Broadway, from serious to showtime. Put another "poetic chisel" into your writer's toolbox.
If you have a WIP (Work In Progress) and want a critique, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (no more than five pages), 12 pt. text, 1" margins.
April refreshments will be provided by Betty Kasperski and Judi Folmsbee.
Tap into your strengths to produce your best writing. It’s time to explore the best in you and develop your special gift. Betty will also share five important teachings she gained from the Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference. Come and grow!
If you want your work critiqued, bring ten or more copies of a double-spaced manuscript (five pages of less).
Refreshments will be provided by Candy Abbott and Rebecca Jones.
Ben Patterson will facilitate our February meeting. He requests that you bring your own written work for critique. We will spend much-needed time on your work. If the schedule permits, we will also rewrite a piece that Ben will supply.
Claire Smith will facilitate our Christmas meeting. Her lesson will be: What was God's intention for creating humanity? How does that affect your writing?
WHAT DISTINGUISHES CHRISTIAN WRITING? Gail Atlas will lead us in a discussion of some assumptions that apply to all genres of writing and what makes Christian writing distinctive.
BUILDING FAMILY MEMORIES. If you have boxes of pictures you haven’t gotten around to putting in an album or scrapbook, old black and white photos scattered here and there, there are a number of ways to put them to good use. Bring a handful of your treasured pictures (3 to 5) with you. Betty’s teaching will get you going.
DCWF member Sharon Louth, author of Always Remember to Breathe, will facilitate our June meeting. Sharon is also a counselor at the Delaware Small Business Development Center. During the teaching segment, she will not only discuss tips and tricks on promoting and marketing your book like a master but the importance of writing a business plan. Even if your manuscript is a work in progress, you'll want to write with the end result in mind: who will want to read my book and how can I get their attention? Is word of mouth marketing the most effective way of getting it into the hands of people who will spread the word? Should you be using social media to build a buzz? Have you developed your website? If not, why not? Sharon wants you to know that you need to “market every day”…..and much more! You are encouraged to share which marketing tools have worked best for you. Bring your questions too. The agenda includes time for critiques, so bring up to five double-spaced manuscript pages if you like. Betty Kasperski will open the meeting with prayer and a devotional, and Rebecca Jones will provide refreshments.
"If you want to get published, you have to submit!" This is what Jean Davis told the United Methodist women at their spring district meeting on April 18th when she, Eva Maddox, Betty Jarman, and Wilma Caraway presented the program.
Award-winning author Wilma Caraway wants to help you get your seasonal stories, poems, puzzles, articles, and other writings into print. She will be primarily focusing on Christmas submissions to magazines using material that has already been published or new manuscripts with a holiday emphasis. If you had a manuscript published in one of the DCWF Christmas books, contact Candy Abbott to get a final version to work from, and bring a hard copy to the meeting. Or, if you have a draft manuscript, feel free to bring it, and we will help you prepare a cover letter (and critique your manuscript if time permits). If you have a copy of Christian Writers Market Guide or The Writers's Market, bring it along as we'll be looking up potential publishers. NOW is the time to submit Christmas material for 2015. Let's not miss the boat!
Betty Kasperski will be assisting Wilma with the opening prayer and devotion. Betty and Eva Maddox will also assist with cover letters. Anna Buckler has volunteered to provide refreshments.You won't want to miss this time of training and fellowship.
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!
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 email@example.com or give her a call at 302.337.7181.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
ANNUAL COLLINS POND RETREAT
Collins Pond Pavilion
20202 Gum Island Road (or Kennedy Road on old GPS)
Georgetown, DE 19947
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
(RAIN OR SHINE)
Hosted by Wilma Caraway
Wilma has gone all out for us for our 2014 retreat with the theme of "Hooked on Writing." CLICK HERE for sample agenda. She has invited two journalists, Lynn Parks, with the Seaford Star (who will share during our manuscript critique time and Free Write) and Ron MacArthur, with the Cape Gazette, our guest speaker.
Guest Speaker Ron MacArthur
Ron's topic for the retreat is "Journalism 102: Writing in the Digital Age." He has been a writer/photographer for the past 40 years working for community newspapers in Sussex County including the Milford Chronicle, Seaford Star and The Leader and State Register. He is currently working at the Cape Gazette in Lewes. He got his start by taking photographs for his high school newspaper and yearbook. Ron has won more than 100 awards for photography and writing in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Contest. Recently, he won two awards – including Best Feature Photo – in the 2013 National Newspaper Association Contest. He also had the opportunity to work for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, France, for a year as winner of the John H. Whitney Fellowship. Ron has been posting a Photo of the Day on social media for the past two years and is in the process of publishing a book highlighting his favorite images of the Cape Region. Ron grew up in Seaford where he was involved in various civic activities before moving to Lewes eight years ago.
For a relaxing tour of Ron's photos with musical background, visit Ron's website, ronmacphotos.com.
Lynn R. Parks is a free-lance journalist, currently writing for Morning Star Publications and Delaware Beach Life. She has also written for the (Wilmington) News Journal, among other publications. Lynn grew up in Bridgeville. She graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1973 and the University of Delaware, with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism, in 1977. She and her husband, Tim, have two grown children and two grandchildren.
WHAT TO BRING:
P.S. Remember, the deadline for our Christmas book is Thursday, July 31!
DIRECTIONS TO COLLINS POND
20202 Gum Island Road, Georgetown, DE 19947:
FROM HARDEES IN GEORGETOWN
CORNER OF 113 AND 404/18 (Seashore Highway)
Drive west on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 6.3 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Wilson Hill Road is the first intersection past Elmer's Market. Turn right onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)
FROM THE 13 AND 404 INTERSECTION IN BRIDGEVILLE
Drive east on 404/18 (Seashore Highway) approximately 4.5 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)
FROM RT. 13 IN SEAFORD
Drive north on 13 to 18. (The intersection where Wright Auto Sales is located.) Turn right onto 18. Drive 1.4 miles to 404/18. Turn right onto 404/18 (Seashore Highway). Drive approximately 2.7 miles to Wilson Hill Road. Turn left onto Wilson Hill Road (see "For All" below)
FROM INTERSECTION OF WILSON HILL ROAD AND SEASHORE HIGHWAY (404/18) TO THE PAVILION
Drive 3/10 mile (to the 7th house on the left) on Wilson Hill Road to Gum Island Road (a stone road), Turn left onto Gum Island Road. Drive .1 mile on Gum Island Road to the entrance on the LEFT to the Collins Pond Pavilion.
QUESTIONS? Call Wilma at 302.542.3251 or Candy at 302.542.8510
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.
Visit the "Members Only" section on the "Member Spotlight" page to access the current roster.
If you need the password, CLICK
HERE, and Candy will send it to you.
We're a friendly group, don't be shy. If you're interested in becoming a member of DCWF, there are no application forms to fill out or dues to pay. Just show up at one of our meetings where we'll capture your name and contact information. We have a lot of resources and encouragement to offer, and new members always bring a lot to the group.
Established in 1993, DCWF meets the third Saturday of the month at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Tunnell Hall, 203 North Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947, from 9 AM to Noon. Meeting attendance runs from eight to 28. Many are beginning writers who are mentored by those who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with resources to build up the Christian who writes. We follow a meeting agenda, but there is no membership fee or pressure; however, we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing. Meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, manuscript critiques, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats and encourage participation in regional/national conferences. Follow us on Facebook.
QUESTIONS? Give Candy Abbott, the director, a call at 302.856.6649, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the CONTACT US page to send a message. We'll do our best to get back to you as fast as possible.