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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities, Conferences, & Who Won the Contest?

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Today I’m thrilled to bring you a new list of writing opportunities and conferences to help you in your writing quest. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many words have been published because of an opportunity or a conference listed here at the Christian Writer’s Den?

Let’s Start with Writing Opportunities

Here’s this month’s list of writing opportunities gathered just for you! As always, be sure study the publisher and read and follow the submission guidelines carefully.

1.  Chicken Soup is ALWAYS looking for stories! Currently look for stories about moms, forgiveness, angels, Christmas, facing challenges, and more. Find the Chicken Soup Call-Out for Stories here.

2.  ADDitude Magazine is looking for articles from health care professionals and journalists, and first person accounts from those living with ADHD, learning disabilities, and related conditions. Find the ADDitude Magazine writers guidelines here.

3.  Outdoor Photographer: Okay, I know we have a lot of photographers among the CWD readers, so here’s your chance to submit your photographs, too!

4.  Good Old Days Magazine – “The magazine that remembers the best.” I know there are quite a few of us oldies but goodies out there. This is your opportunity to share your good ol’ days. And the good news is, their instructions ASK you to submit often! Good Old Days Magazine guidelines here.

5.  Last month we featured a dog magazine, but we don’t play favorites. Here’s I Love Cats Magazine writers guidelines.

6.  Jack and Jill Children’s Magazine

7.  Over My Dead Body is looking for fiction, book reviews, and interviews.

8.  In Touch Magazine. In Touch Ministries is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

9.  LifeWay Publications. LifeWay is a great way to connect with the editors of many magazines. Do a good job for one of their publications and you may have an opportunity to write for several others. I know that first hand!

10. Ask Magazine for Kids (Cricket – parent company)

Okay, so that does it for this month’s opportunities. Be sure to read on for upcoming writing conferences. After all, that’s the BEST way to connect with a magazine or book publisher!

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With Al Gansky

With Al Gansky at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

Upcoming Conferences

1.  Coffee & Quill Mini Conference: March 22, 2014, Woodstock, GA

2.  Write2Ignite: March 28-29, 2014, Tigerville, SC

3.  FAM Fest Film Festival: March 29, 2014, York, SC

4.  Festival of Faith and Writing: April 10-12, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

5.  Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop: April 10-12, 2014, Dayton, OH

6.  Cross ‘N Pens Creative Nonfiction Workshop: April 12, 2014, Simpsonville, SC (This is my local writers group!)

7.  Orange County Christian Writers Conference: April 25-26, 2014, Santa Ana, CA

8.  Writing Success XXIII: April 26, 2014, Stoneboro, PA

9.  Colorado Christian Writers Conference: May 14-17, Estes Park, CO

10. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 19-23, 2014, Ridgecrest, NC

11. Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival: June 14, 2014, York, SC

12. St. David’s Christian Writers’ Conference: June 17-21, Grove City, PA

13. Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival: July 11-15, 2014, Orlando, FL (I’ll be there co-directing the Teen Intern Program again and would love to see you there!)

14. Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference: July 30-August 2, 2014, Langhorne, PA

15. Christian Authors Guild Catch the Wave Conference: August 14-16, 2014, Marietta, GA

16. Christian Communicators Conference: August 27-31, 2014, The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Asheville, NC (Although the financial need scholarship slots are open and accepting applications until April 1, the waiting list is open to everyone!)

17. Breathe Christian Writers Conference: October 10-11, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

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PrintI’m Looking for Teens 16yo-18yo Who are Interested in the Media Arts!

I’m honored to again be a co-director of The Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival Teen Intern Program at this year’s conference, July 11-15, 2014 in Orlando.

If you know a teen interested in acting, directing, screenwriting, singing, songwriting, or anything else related to the media arts, please send them to the Gideon Intern Page for details and application. But they must hurry–Deadline for applications is April 15. Please note I incorrectly posted the deadline last month. The correct deadline is April 15.

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Who Won Cyn Rogalski’s Writer’s Blocks?

Photo courtesy of Cyn Rogalski

Photo courtesy of Cyn Rogalski

Wow, what fun to read your additions to Jolene Philo’s Top 10 Things About Being a Writer! We writers certainly have lots of things to love when it comes to writing. I must say some of my personal favorites about being a writer are 1)working in my PJs; 2) living in a world where I can make anything happen; and 3)doing and saying things to people I would NEVER do or say in real life! I know you have no idea what I’m talking about!

All the entries were excellent, but since my sweet hubby, Gary, doesn’t know any of you, I asked him to choose a winner. And he proclaims that the winner is…Judith Robl!

Congratulations, Judith! Please contact me with your mailing address and Cyn will get your blocks right out to you!

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Well, I think that does it for another Writer’s Headlines week. Please be sure to let us know when you find success!

And, as always, thank you for joining me, dear friends. It’s a joy and an honor to share the writing life with you.

Write on!

Vonda

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Top Ten Things About Being a Writer, A Contest, And Kudos & MoGo7000 Totals!

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A while back, my friend, Jolene Philo, posted her Top Ten Things to Love About Being a Writer and I immediately knew I wanted to share it with you!

And since this is Kudos and MoGo7000 reporting day, I think it’ll be a great time to have a fun little contest. After reading Jolene’s list below, please post a comment of your own top things (any number) about being a writer. Then I’ll have an independent judge choose the most interesting or unusual or just plain funny answer, and the winner will receive a set of Cyn Rogalski’s Writer’s Blocks!

Then read on to celebrate with our successful friends this month. 🙂

Let’s get started!

Top Ten Things About Being a Writer, by Jolene Philo

 

10. Writing often feels like Show and Tell felt in elementary school…when you knew your show and tell item would be the talk of the playground at recess.

9.   Having our books on library shelves is as exciting as meeting Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, or Derek Jeter is for basketball, tennis, or baseball fans.Jolene Philo headshot

8.   Writing in the afternoon produces a sweet feeling akin to when elementary teachers read aloud to their students after lunch.

7.   Writing in the evening is akin to snuggling with our kids when reading them a bedtime story.

6.   Writers who work from home never stress about drive time weather.

5.   Writing is one Bilbo Baggins adventure after another: “Go back?” he (Bilbo) thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”

4.  We writers absolutely must travel to unusual and interesting places to conduct research.

3.  We have to remind ourselves that we are working when “work” involves hours and days of reading.

2.  People buy our words. How cool is that?

Photo courtesy of Cyn Rogalski

Photo courtesy of Cyn Rogalski

1.  Writers meet the most fascinating people in unexpected places.

So, what do you think? What are your favorite things about being a writer? Post your answers below and you could be the winner of Cyn Rogalski’s Writer’s Blocks! Be sure to come back next week to see if you’re the winner. 🙂

Bio: Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream Parenting series. Her new book, The Jolene Philo cover Different Dream ParentingCaregiver’s Notebook: An Organizational Tool and Support to Help You Care for Others will be released in November of 2014 by Discovery House Publishers. Over 100 of her articles have appeared in publications including Focus on the FamilyParentLife, and Home Cooking. She speaks at conferences and events throughout the United States. Her blog, www.DifferentDream.com, provides resources and encouragement for parents of kids with special needs. She also blogs about life on her dusty gravel road  at www.jolenephilo.com. You can connect with her on FacebookTwitter,  and Pinterest. She is slightly addicted Netflix. With their two children married and on their own, Jolene and her husband are kicking up their empty nester heels in Boone, Iowa.

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Kudos to YOU, Cathy Baker!

 

I think this is the first time this has ever happened, but we had only one report of Kudos this month. Yes, it has been a long, cold winter!

So this month, let’s all join together to celebrate with Cathy Baker as she shares TWO exciting reports this month:

Cathy Baker (SC): My blog has been revamped. It’s now “Fragrant Ink.” (same blog address) It has a NEW name, format, and focus. Also, I’ve been asked to lead a workshop on Writing to Heal for mothers who’ve lost children of any age. For more information on the retreat, please contact Cathy at tea4thee@charter.net.

Congratulations, Cathy! Congratulations on two jobs well Done!

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Who MoGo’d in February?mogo7000 logo

 

These CWD writers have earned a February entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cash!

#5: Eddie Snipes – 7,300 words#6: Jeanne Doyon – 7,378 words

Congrats, Eddie and Jeanne! Keep up the good work and you’ll earn even more entries into the drawing.

Writers, want to know how you can qualify for the $100 challenge? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge here. It’s free and open to everyone all year long!

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Okay, I think that does it for another week at The Christian Writer’s Den. Thank you, friends, for visiting with me week after week. As we celebrate our 6th year of meeting together, I’m reminded again I am blessed to have you joining me in this journey called the writing life.

Writing is hard enough without doing it alone. It’s my goal to encourage and challenge and lift you up for the journey. Please let me know any time you have a new book coming out and I’ll be happy to highlight your success!

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Writing the Best You Can by Cindy Sproles, and Who Won the Writer’s Block Blocks?

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Today I’m sharing a post from Cindy Sproles, faculty member at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, co-founder and executive editor of Christian Devotions Ministries and ChristianDevotions.us, and much more. Be sure to read her bio below. But today, I want to share her experience and sage advice for those seeking critiques at Blue Ridge next week, as well as for all of us who are writing and submitting.

Writing The Best You Can by Cindy Sproles

“This is what I see needs a little tweaking.” I twisted the paper around so the author could see.

“What? Tweaking?”

“Yes, did my accent throw you? I’m a Tennessee gal. Sometimes folks don’t understand my accent.” I chuckled and pointed to the first remark on the page.

“I’ve worked on this. It’s done. I didn’t pay for it to be torn apart.”

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7th Annual Bad Poetry Contest with Chip MacGregor–You Could Win Here AND There!

Okay, friends, as we continue the theme of conferences, I thought it’d be a good time to join in the fun going on over at Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest to celebrate his birthday.

For those who’ve been around writing conferences for a while, you’ll recognize the name, Chip MacGregor. For those who don’t know him, Chip is owner of MacGregor Literary, one of the most recognized agencies in the business. He’s spoken at writing conferences in over 100 locations. And I can promise you, once you’ve been around Chip, you won’t forget him. He helps writers around the world with his snarky voice and big heart. (Don’t tell I said the big heart part. He likes to protect his image.)

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Writer’s Headlines: Kudos for Christian Writer’s Den Followers & MoGo7000 Results

Well, it’s the second Thursday of the month and that means it’s time to see what Christian Writer’s Den followers have been up to the past few months…and you’ve certainly been busy!

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Kudos to These Working Writers!

1.  Cyn Rogalski (PA): I had a DevoKids devotion, “Wrinkly Words,” published on May 4th, 2012. I also had a piece, Adjusting Our Vision, published in the CLASS Communique, and a 738 word article published in thedollarstretcher.com back in January, in print and online. I am also assistant editor at New and True Friends E-zine and will also be a contributing writer there soon as well.

2.  Kimberly Long (TX): I went away to a cabin in the Texas Hill Country the month of April and finished my first book called, “FINANCIAL FAITH: THE PATH FROM POVERTY TO POWER.” I have entered it into the BRMCWC along with my blog (above web address). I hope to have it published in a month or so. Another blessing is that I have been asked to publish a monthly article in our local magazine: LIVING. My department is fashion and decor, but the editor is a Christian man and allows us to incorporate scripture into our articles. You can read the LIVING April issue here. I have been blogging for 3 years and am amazed that I have received over 700 comments. People from countries like Japan, Dubai, Italy, Finland, Australia, Europe, and Ghana to name a few. I don’t know why they would read my blogs, but I’m thankful for the platform. My desire is to build people’s confidence and offer hope for successful living from God’s word!

3.  Marilyn Turk (FL): Signed with Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency. Have a ghost-written story coming in September Guideposts.

4.  Lisa Lickel (WI): Rejoices in her fifth novel release, The Map Quilt, May 4. Celebrates a new contract with Whimsical Publications for another cozy mystery.

5. Raquel Haggard (OK): My book, Rebuilding Your Temple, will release May 22nd. I also have a speaking/book signing engagement that night. This book is a 14-week guided journal about faith, food and fitness.

6. Barbara Parentini (NC): Guest author on Southern Writers Magazine Suite T on April 26th, “Stained Glass.” Contributor to Life Lessons from Dads by Write Integrity Press, to be released June 2012. Also, my card line, Soaring Hearts, will be available this month in Florida at a national chain.

Congratulations to all these writers! You’re doing what it takes, and it shows!

Haven’t seen your name here in a while? Don’t worry, good news could be in your future sooner than you think. Be sure to return next Thursday for a new list of writing opportunities, collected just for you!

Also, if you’re working hard on a book project, remember that the MoGo7000 Challenge is created just for you! (See below)

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Who Met the MoGo7000 Goal This Month?

Congratulations to these writers who wrote at least 7000 words on their current book project:

5. Marilyn Turk  —  13, 808 words
6. Kimberly Long  —  10, 840 words
7. Eddie Snipes  —  8, 510 words
8. Cindy Patterson — 7,024 words

These writers now have another entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100! Would you like an extra hundred bucks? All you have to do is write at least 7000 new words on your book project and your name will be in the hat!

And the good news is, you can join in any time–and it’s all free! Be sure to visit the MoGo7000 Challenge page for guidelines.

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And It’s Not Too Late to Register for the 2012 Christian Communicators Conference!

Ladies, do you feel called to speak? Do you feel God has given you something to share, but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve been speaking a while, but want to expand your ministry. If so, this is the conference you’ve been waiting for!

The 2012 Christian Communicators Conference will be held August 29-September 2, 2012, at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This is where you’ll learn everything you need to know to grow or develop your speaking ministry.

But don’t take out word for it. Here are some comments from past attendees:

“I’ve been to other speaker and writer’s conferences and felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of attendees. In contrast, the serene setting, personal attention, and professional coaching I received at this conference was priceless.”

Jennifer Johnson, NC
www.ProperUseProject.com

“The Christian Communicator’s Conference was uniquely effective…The intimate number of women allowed for the focus needed to apply the teachings and to bond together with unity. I left with a sense of destination, equipped and prepared for the next step in ministry.”

Verna Bowman, PA
http://vernabowman.com

Rooms for two, three, or four are still available, and you’ll love the all-inclusive pricing. No hidden expenses!

I hope you’ll check out the Christian Communicators website, feel free to contact any of the graduates, or feel free to contact me here or either Carolyn or me through the Christian Communicators contact page. We’d love to partner with you to bring Him glory!

Write and speak on!

Vonda

 

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