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 an online meeting link, contact our secretary.

We meet at Eastside Foursquare Church, 14520 100th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98041 and on Zoom. Join the online 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, or event and tell us how it 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 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

October 3, 2022 - Karen Ball

In October, we'll hear from Karen Ball, editor, teacher and heart-lifter. Karen will help us prepare our hearts and spirits for success. She will focus on understanding true success, the obstacles we often face on our journeys, and the solutions for them.

November 7, 2022 - Terry Glaspey

What C.S. Lewis Taught me about Writing. Terry Glaspey, Former Harvest House editor, Tony Evans Ministry, and Northwind Seminary professor has earned 2 book awards from Christianity Today and Gospel Coalition. He looks to C.S Lewis, one of the greatest writers of all times, to teach writers how to master symbolism, and explain God’s great love in a way that will delight and inspire generations of readers.

December 5, 2022 - Rowena Kuo

January 9, 2023 - TBD

February 6, 2022 - Genre Breakout Groups (all online meeting)

This month we have Genre Breakout Groups instead of a featured speaker. There will be five groups. There will be a brief presentation and then the opportunity for questions and discussions. You will have the opportunity to select which genre group you would like to join during the meeting. The selection process will work most smoothly if you are using the most current version of Zoom.

Genre Breakout Groups

  • Children's 
  • Contemporary 
  • Speculative 
  • Historical Fiction 
  • Non-Fiction 


March 6, 2023 - Kate Breslin

April 3, 2023 - TBD

May 1, 2023 - Mike Duran

Writing the Darkness

We are called to wrestle with the Darkness in our tales. The world is full of it, as is the Bible. But how do we portray evil without glorifying it? How do we write horror from a biblical worldview and with biblical horror motifs.

June 5, 2023 - Tara Johnson

September 12, 2022 - Building a Vibrant Community

Bringing light in uncertain times

Join creatives from across the country, ranging from multi-published authors and writing craft instructors, to those honing their work, united in one common goal - being a light in the writing community together. in a panel format, find out how this group grew closer during Covid, working to remain purposeful, encourage one another in life's highs and lows, and keep prayer at the forefront. You'll leave lifted on your own journey and with ideas for forming your own author-life aspirations. The panel includes authors Lorie Langson, Lindsay Franklin, Nova McBee, Candace Mieding, Kim Vandel, and Elizabeth Tassel.

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