Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Next Up!



ACFW Conference. Nanowrimo. Elections

ACFW Indiana has a lot activity coming up.

While we won’t send out a ballot until early December, our board elections hold top priority on the to-do list. After several years, Michele Harper is stepping down from the treasurer position to devote more time to her writing career and publishing business, L2L2. So…we need a new treasurer. The treasurer collects dues, manages the checking account, and pays any fees related to our meetings. Michele plans to pass on her knowledge to whomever accepts the position and will remain available for questions.

PLEASE email me if you are interested in serving ACFW Indiana in this capacity. The same goes if you are interested in running for president, vice president, or secretary. We take nominations for all board positions when it comes to elections.

With National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) in November, we’re turning our November meeting into several meetings—by region. If you are interested in hosting a meeting in your area, again, email me. I will be sending ideas to host/hostess volunteers on activities you can do with your small group. It doesn’t matter if your meeting contains two members, or five, or ten. If you have ever been part of a Nanowrimo group, things can get zany. Nanowrimers meet for the main purpose of writing, but three hours plus of concentrating on a computer screen or a pad of paper will bring on a headache if you don’t have some entertaining breaks!

This could also be a meeting where we can invite non-member writers, kind of an unofficial meeting. A time to get to know other Christian writers. An encouragement to join ACFW in 2020.
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Finally, the ACFW Conference starts next week in San Antonio. I am so envious of those of you who get to attend. (But I’m aiming for next year in St. Louis!) If, like me, your schedule or finances couldn’t get you to Texas, ACFW has been advertising the at-home conference, which I heartily recommend. No, you won’t be there, but you’ll be able to participate in some online workshops, watch the gala mainstreamed, and join the Facebook group. And you can do all that for free.

Our three official meetings this year were so beneficial: Hallee Bridgeman’s fabulous presentation on newsletters, our panel of agents who critiqued our work, and a panel of authors in all different stages of their writing journeys who shared successes and setbacks with their queries and proposals. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can come up with for next year that will be just as beneficial.



Linda Sammaritan writes realistic fiction, mostly for kids ages ten to fourteen. She is currently working on a middle grade trilogy, World Without Sound, based on her own experiences growing up with a deaf sister.
Linda had always figured she’d teach middle-graders until school authorities presented her with a retirement wheelchair at the overripe age of eighty-five. However, God changed those plans when He gave her a growing passion for writing fiction. In May of 2016, she blew goodbye kisses to her students and dedicated her work hours to learning the craft.
A wife, mother of three, grandmother to seven, Linda regales the youngest grandchildren with “Nona Stories,” tales of her childhood. Maybe one day those stories will be in picture books!

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