Northwest Christian Writers Association

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Our membership ranges from experienced published authors to beginners. Whether you're a veteran writer or are exploring the arena of writing for the first time, you'll fit right in.

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March 4, 2024 - Kara Swanson 

Writing from a Scar not a Wound: The art of crafting emotionally resonant and impactful stories

Kara Swanson is the Christy Award-winning author of stories about fairy tales and fiery souls. She spent her childhood a little like a Lost Girl, running barefoot through lush green jungles that inspired her multi-award-winning Peter Pan retellings, Dust and Shadow. She is also the co-founder of the Author Conservatory, a three-year college-alternative filled with hundreds of students, where she teaches young writers to craft sustainable author careers.

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A Time to Write


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Taming the Self-Editing Beast: Fiction/Memoir

Developmental editor Dori Harrell will cover the content elements developmental editors look for when editing fiction—including characterization, plot tension, pacing (huge), point of view, structure, theme, author voice, dialogue structure (action beats? dialogue tags? both?), scene balance, and more! Take your manuscript to the next level with Dori's self-editing tips for examining your fiction content, with examples from an actual content-edited manuscript, plus access to a client's editorial letter (permission provided).

Feb. 13, 2024  7:00 p.m.  PST  Via Zoom

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Taming the Self-Editing Beast: Nonfiction

Developmental editor Dori Harrell will cover the content elements developmental editors look for when editing nonacademic nonfiction, such as devotionals, Christian living, self-help, etc.—including message, theme, structure (huge!), goal, continuity, engagement, rhythm (an element particular to Dori's nonfiction coaching), and more! Take your nonfiction to publishing-industry expectations (and beyond) with Dori's comprehensive suggestions for examining your nonfiction content, with examples from an actual content-edited manuscript.

Feb. 20, 2024  7:00 p.m.  PST  Via Zoom

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Meetings

Our monthly meetings include a featured speaker providing insight, instruction & encouragement for our writing journeys. Opportunities for members to make presentations and share milestones.

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Membership

Membership includes some great benefits in addition to our meetings. The benefits include critique groups, members-only Facebook group, access to a membership directory and editors connection page.

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Conference

Our annual spring Renewal Conference features dynamic speakers, a line of workshops, editor/agent appointments, professional manuscript critiques, and other things to encourage you in your writing.

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Access to Recordings Available

Taming MS Word's References Beast

Citing sources properly using Word's References system saves so many headaches as your file moves through the editing and typesetting process! In this workshop, discover the publishing standards for citing sources (some surprising changes in recent years). We'll discuss the dos and don'ts and whys, plus you'll receive Dori's updated formats for citing sources. You can still register to receive access to the recording through December 31, 2023.

Taming MS Word's References Beast Recording 


Taming the Editing Level Beast

Author and editor, Dori Harrell, presented a workshop on the various levels of editing. It covered what type of edit occurs at each level and what you need to do to prepare. You can still register to receive access to the recording through December 31, 2023.

Taming the Editing Level Beast Recording

Taming the MS Word Beast

If you missed Dori's Workshop on tips for using MS Word for your manuscript. You can still register to receive access to the recording through December 31, 2023. For more information and to register click the link below.

Taming the MS Word Beast Workshop Recording

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