Monthly Meetings

We meet on the first Monday of each month, September through June, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The September and January meetings are held on the second Monday because of the holidays. Our meetings are hybrid in-person and remote. Emails with meeting details and links to join are sent to all contacts prior to each meeting. To request a link, contact our secretary.

We meet at Eastside Foursquare Church, 14520 100th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98041 and on Zoom. Join the meeting early! We start informal socializing at 6:45 PM. It is a great time to meet people.

Opportunities to Present


Each month there is an opportunity for a NCWA member to give a five-minute devotion at our meeting. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain some speaking experience and encourage our members from the Word of God.

Are you a member of NCWA? Do you have a word of encouragement from God’s word? Has God lavished His care upon you, and you wish to raise your voice in thanksgiving? If so, please consider signing up to give one of our monthly devotions.

Use your creativity with words and stories to encourage us. Five minutes is a short amount of time, but still long enough to share a powerful message. Here are a few tips:

  • Choose a single verse or short passage.
  • Identify one or two points you want to make.
  • Keep it simple. Five minutes is not enough time for complexity or topics and stories that require long explanations or set up.
  • Practicing and timing your devotion will help you refine your message and stay within the time limit.

If you wish to participate, please contact our Devotion Coordinator. We look forward to what you share.

Bonus tip: Consider writing up your devotion and submitting it to our newsletter.

Writers Coach

Our members have learned things along the way in their writing journeys. The ten minute Writer’s Coach segment of our meeting provides an opportunity for a member to teach a skill or share a tool for the writing craft.

Are you a seasoned writer who is a member of NCWA with experience and knowledge in a skill area or tool of the writing craft? You might consider volunteering to do one of our 10-minute Writer’s Coach segments. It provides presentation/teaching experience for you and our members benefit from the things you learned on your writing journey.

Here are a few tips:

  • Choose a single concept, skill or tool.
  • Plan & Rehearse – If you know you tend to run over shorten the time you allow yourself when practicing. Prepare a one sentence summary you can use if you realize you need to cut it short.
  • Suggestions to help focus the presentation
    • Pick something that helped you refine and improve your writing.
    • Introduce us to a tool, software, event and how it to helped you.
    • Include an exercise to practice or understand the skill.
    • Remember the purpose is help equip those listening.

If you wish to participate, please contact our Writers Coach Coordinator.

Bonus tip: Consider writing up your writing coach tips and submitting it to our newsletter.

Opportunities to Share Milestones

Celebrations & Redirections

If you are a writer who has begun submitting work to publishers, congratulations! Please share your writing-related milestones during the CELEBRATIONS AND REDIRECTIONS portion of our monthly meetings. By the way, we rename rejection letters redirection letters, because we trust that God has an even better plan for your work.

Do you have any publishing news to share with us at a monthly meeting?

What kind of news qualifies?

  • Getting a book published (self or traditionally).
  • Publishing an article in a magazine or online publication.
  • Winning or becoming a finalist in a contest.
  • Receiving a rejection letter—Hey, it means you’re submitting and in the game.

How does it work?

  • Double check—this is for members only.
  • You can sign up on the Celebrations & Redirection by sending an email to our Vice President no later than the day before the meeting or sign up in person at the meeting.
  • If you are present during the meeting our Vice President will call on you to come forward to share your news. If you are remote, you will unmute your microphone when called on and share.
  • Because of our time constraints, it is especially important that you limit your sharing to 30 SECONDS. You might want to practice to get a feel for how long you have.
  • If you share remotely, you will mute your microphone when finished.

We want to hear your news! By sharing your news, we can give glory to God with you and are encouraged in our own journeys.

Writer's High Five

Are you a published writer who is a member of NCWA? We would love to hear some highlights from your publishing journey. Sharing your story in this five-minute format at our monthly meetings encourages those who are still working towards their publishing dreams.

Sharing highlights from our writing journeys at NCWA is all about recognizing God’s faithfulness to us and encouraging others to keep moving forward on their writing journeys. It is your story and your five minutes. Be creative in how you get it across within the time given.

Here are a few tips:

  • Strip it down. There is not enough time for long explanations or set up. Well-chosen essentials communicate powerfully.
  • Plan and rehearse. If you know you tend to run over shorten the time you allow yourself when practicing. Prepare a one sentence summary you can use if you realize you need to cut it short.
  • Focus your presentation. Here are some suggestions that might help.
  • In a simple statement answer the question “Why do you write?"
  • What was one thing that helped you persevere when discouraged?
  • What was the most significant turning point?
  • State the success, what was published.
  • Remember the purpose is to be an encouraging example to those listening.

If you wish to participate, please contact our Author Support Coordinators. We look forward to hearing about your journey.

Bonus tip: Consider writing up your Writers High Five and submitting it to our newsletter.

Book Launches

Members of NCWA can participate in a book launch at a monthly meeting for their newly published books. Book launches include:

  • Five minutes to describe the book during the meeting.
  • Opportunity to sell the book at the in-person meeting.
  • Announcement about the book on NCWA’s Facebook page.
  • A free book giveaway.

Do you have a newly published book? We want to celebrate with you and help you promote your book to our members.

Qualifications for a book launch:

  • NCWA member for six months.
  • Book content agrees with NCWA’s Statement of Faith.
  • If selling the book at the in-person meeting, the author must be registered as a business with the Department of State Licensing.


  • NCWA provides a table for display purposes.
  • Author provides everything for the display and sale of their books.
  • Author is responsible for paying their own sales tax.
  • Author provides bio, book blurb, photograph, and book cover graphic to the Author Support Coordinators for use on Facebook and in NCWA emails.
  • Provide a free book for the book giveaway.

If you wish to participate, please contact our Author Support Coordinators.

Upcoming Speakers

January 2022 - Peter R. Leavell

Feisty Women Fascinate Peter Leavell - Petticoats & Pistols

Welcoming the New Year with the inspiration of Peter Leavell, Historical Fiction writer and Director at Boise Classical Academy.

February 2022 - Genre Breakout Groups

This meeting will be all online.

March 2022 - Alex Marestaing

Alex MarestaingAs a storyteller, he's written scripts, created innovative children's content, published books, and helped develop themes and worlds for various companies.

April 2022 - Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson

May 2022 - TBD


June 2022 - Karen Ball

Karen Ball

December 2021 - Nova McBee

Nova McBeeNova McBee Nova is the YA Science Fiction author of Calculated, Simulated, and Activated. Her novels are often called gritty, and action-filled. She works outside the CBA, and has spent years bringing Christ's love to the people of China.

November 2021 - Angela Ruth Strong


Angela writes Romance, Middle Grade, Bible Studies, and other Non-Fiction  "To Keep your Heart Strong."  She's no stranger to difficulties. Her recent struggle with cancer has left scars, but also brought hope and a renewed devotion to God. The "Romantic Times" calls her most recent book, Husband Auditions, "heart-melting."

In this difficult time, many have lost sight of joy and peace. Angela wants to help bring them back in her talk, "Enjoying the Writer's Journey." You won't want to miss meeting her.

October 2021 - Heidi Killion Gaul

Finding God's Will Thru Our Talents and Trials | Heidi Gaul

Heidi is a gifted social media maven, well-known in the industry for her Facebook group "Broken Dreams and Detours." In her talk of the same name, she asks, "Why does God allow tough challenges and heartbreak, even as we struggle to honor Him with our words?"

We will learn to study our life-paths. As believers and scribes, we carry a responsibility to use our unique experiences to enrich our writing and bless our readers-- and most important, follow God's will. Come and explore fresh writing possibilities. Your past can feed your future.

Heidi writes for Guidepost's devotional books: Every day with Jesus and Mornings with Jesus, The Upper Room devotionals and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She has also written two novels and is a member of Oregon Christian Writers. A final judge for major writing competitions, she enjoys speaking, leading workshops and mentoring.

September 2021 - Susan Meissner

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Susan Meissner is a top shelf novelist of Historical and Women's Fiction. Five of her many CBA (Christian) books are still in print and she now has six out in the general book market. Susan inspires many with her warmth and storytelling and brings "True Plotting Tips." 

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