Cyber Monday $99 Conference Registration!

2017 West Coast Christian Writers Conference

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Writers, you will not want to miss the Cyber Monday deal for the 2017 West Coast Christian Writers Conference!

For one day only, you can register for the 2017 WCCW Conference for only $99 per person. The one-day only sale starts Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7am. Registration with this special one-time offer will be open until 7am on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

You must register during the Cyber Monday hours to receive this special registration price.

What can you expect to receive in exchange for your investment?

This two-day conference will be held at CrossWinds Church, 1660 Freisman Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588. on February 17-18, 2017.

Michele Cushatt and Tosca Lee will be serving as the 2017 WCCW conference keynote speakers. We’ll enjoy two full days of workshops and meetings with publishing professionals, including literary agents and acquisitions editors from book and magazine publishers. Between classes, we’ll be refreshed through special times of worship, fellowship, and encouragement.

To receive this amazing Cyber Monday $99 per person price, register online between 7am, Monday, November 28, 2016 and 7am, Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us at the 2017 West Coast Christian Writers Conference!

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Author Photo 2016 - INSPIRE ThumbnailXochitl (soh-cheel) E. Dixon encourages women and teens to embrace God’s grace and grow deeper in their personal relationships with Christ and others. Her devotions will be featured in Our Daily Bread, starting in 2017. Married to her best friend since 1994, she enjoys sharing God’s Word to the ends of the earth, being a mom, traveling, and photography.

Voice, Houses, and Other Fun Stuff

Saturday, November 12, Inspire Christian Writers held its quarterly workshop. After a fun mixer, we had two breakout sessions. I attended the Advanced Writer Workshop with Kathy Boyd Fellure. She described her voice as lyrical. She read from her recently completed novel, which takes place in Lake Tahoe. She ascribed physical and emotional attributes to the lake, and took us through an exercise to do the same thing with a house.

Several years ago, actor Kevin Kline made a movie called Life as a House. It was a beautiful story of family restoration through rebuilding a crumbling, decrepit shack into a gorgeous home. I was reminded of the movie when my fellow writer, and sister, Mary Allen, shared what she’d written during Kathy’s workshop. I am excited to share it with you.

Life as a House

By: Mary A. Allen

When I was new and fresh and all my friends and I gleamed with fresh paint and were surrounded by bright green lawns, I seemed to be the happiest. I loved to hear the sounds of children laughing and playing kickball in the street. Neighborhood dogs ran with the children. My door was never locked.

My windows are now heavy with bars. My door is laden with locks. My lawn has dried up over the years and eventually disappeared altogether.

I’m worn out, my face is grey. My welcoming appearance has melted into frightening. I cringe when people step on my stairs. I cry onto my floors when it rains.

The neighborhood is quiet now, except for the frequent police raids. We’re all ashamed when we have our secrets revealed.

Kathy encouraged us to keep searching and praying until we find our voice. It’s apparent that Mary’s voice is also lyrical.

The following is a quote from author Donald Mass:

“What the heck is “voice”? By this, do editors mean “style”? I do not think so. By voice, I think they mean not only a unique way of putting words together, but a unique sensibility, a distinctive way of looking at the world, an outlook that enriches an author’s oeuvre. They want to read an author who is like no other. An original. A standout. A voice.”

What’s your unique way of looking at the world?joy of the lord

Do you write straightforward, no frills, little description? Do you use cultural or artistic references in your writing? Do you like tension-building scenes, as in a mystery novel?

Next time we’ll look at how to find your unique voice – what Kathy Fellure says is as unique as your fingerprints.

Let me know what you think YOUR voice is.

Jane Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace (2015) and The Caregiving Season (2016). She can be reached through her website www.janeSdaly.com. She is also the treasurer of Inspire Christian Writers and West Coast Christian Writers.

The Joy of the Lord

Heather D. Blackman

In the midst of the storm,
The joy of the Lord becomes your refuge where you not only survive the storm,
But thrive through the storm.

In the face of adversity,
The joy of the Lord gives you courage to look past your circumstances,
And see the goodness of God.

In the fight of your life,
The Joy of the Lord reveals your inner champion to not accept defeat,
But triumph in the victory of God!

In times of weakness,
The joy of the Lord gives you strength to draw from your well of praise,
And claim power in Jesus’ name!

In moments of uncertainty,
The joy of the Lord gives you confidence that no matter what comes next,
Nothing can separate you from the Love of God!

In life every day,
The joy of the Lord extends far beyond the good times,
To a lasting assurance for all times.

 

joy of the lordHeather D. Blackman recently rediscovered her passion for writing poetry as an extension of her creative spirit. Her poetry has been published in Inspire Promise and Inspire Forgiveness. It is Heather’s desire that her poems will uplift, encourage, and express the love of our Heavenly Father.