Sunday, April 17, 2016

Let Us Help You Write That Amazing Novel - Here's How!

The April 7 on-line webinar with Jocelyn Green had five members attending, plus one non-member, the host and the guest speaker. After a little scuffle with technology, we were able to watch Jocelyn Green present in-person for the beginning of the webinar. It was great to see a face to go with the voice! Then technology reared its head and her computer crashed, but as a professional would do, Jocelyn reconnected via the telephone and finished her presentation before taking a number of questions from the attendees. She also made available to all attendees her notes and links to her suggested historical research places.

Pegg Thomas

If you missed the April 7 event, don't worry! We have more get-togethers and meetings all year! Coming up in the next two months:

May 6-8, 2016
GLC Writer's Retreat at Treetops Resort in Gaylord: two nights lodging, meals, and uninterrupted time to write, write, write! Contact if you'd like to reserve a space! 

June 4, 2016
Dr. Stanley Williams, Ph.D presents "The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success."

Dr. Williams is a highly sought-after speaker who understands what makes a story successful. He'll join us from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday June 4 in Clare at the Doherty Hotel. Cost is $40 for GLC members and $60 for non-members (includes lunch). Space is limited, so click here to reserve your spot now

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Contracts, Workshops, Retreats, and More! March 2016 Newsletter

It's finally spring...ish!

If the weather reports are to be believed, it's warming up around the state and most of the snow should be gone (except for some of our northern members). As the weather warms up, our calendar fills up too - here's what's coming up:

Get It Right - Research for Historical Fiction: Thursday, April 7 at 7 Great Lakes Members can click here to sign up and pay (non-members, click here), and you'll get an email invitation to join us online for an hour with award-winning historical novelist Jocelyn Green. (If you're not available at that day/time, sign-up anyway and we'll send you a recording of the event.)

3rd Annual Writer's Retreat: May 6-8 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. For as little at $164 (based on double occupancy) you can get away for the weekend and worry about nothing but your manuscript! Lodging and meals included. To reserve your room, call Treetops Resort at 855-261-8764 (option 3) and reference our group name or number (109018)..

Stanley Williams presents The Moral Premise: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Doherty Hotel in Clare. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the industry's best teachers. A Michigan native, this is Williams' first Michigan event  in years - don't wait to reserve your space! Contact one of our board members today to get on the list. Cost is $40 for GLC members and $60 for non-members (includes lunch).
In member news...

Pegg Thomas just signed a contract with Barbour!

Dawn Crandall was interviewed on her local radio station and got to share about her series, The Everstone Chronicles. (You can listen here.)
What's up with you?

We want to know how you're doing and what you're up to these days. Send us your news (or blog posts - we're happy to share writing-related posts on our blog), and we'll help you share with the chapter and others!

May you have lots of sunshine this spring!

Write on,
Karin Beery
ACFW-GLC Chapter President

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get It Right: Jocelyn Green Talks Historical Research

Have you ever wanted to write historical fiction? Are you concerned about whether or not you can create realistic, historical settings and characters? 

Stop hoping you can do it and learn how! 

Award-winning historical novelist Jocelyn Green is going to share her secrets to creating believable - and accurate - historical novels with the Great Lakes Chapter of ACFW. It all starts with research, and she's going to tell us how she turns thorough research into amazing stories. 

Join us online on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. for your chance to gather research tips from the best. 

The cost to attend is $12 for GLC members and $17 for everyone else. Space is limited, so please contact me at karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com to reserve your spot! (I'll send you an invite once you're registered!)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Does Your Story Have Structure? Does It Need It? (Hint: Yes!)

Characters, plot, and setting are the foundation for a good story, but if you don't know how to structure your novel it could still fall flat. Don't let that happen to you!

Award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland knows what makes a good story work. In her own words:

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. There are universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression.

On Wednesday, February 3, K.M. Weiland will talk story structure with the Great Lakes Chapter. Join us online at 7 p.m. (EST) to learn about:

* Unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
* Identifying common structural weaknesses.
* Eliminating saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
* When to include conflict.
* How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.

The cost to attend is $12 for GLC members and $17 for everyone else. Space is limited, so please contact me at karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com to check availability and reserve your spot.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter: New Year, New Board, New Format

Only a few hours left...

and it will be a new year! Usually that doesn't mean much, but for the Great Lakes Chapter of ACFW, the new year signifies new changes. Here's what we have to look forward to in 2016:

2016 Board Members

When the clock strikes twelve the carriage becomes a pumpkin and our board takes on a new look. Your 2016 board is:

President - Karin Beery (3rd year)Vice President - Ron Estrada (2nd year)Secretary - Deb Gardner Allard (1st year)Treasurer - Pegg Thomas (4th - and final - year)

Please keep the board in your prayers as we try to lead the Great Lakes Chapter according to ACFW's guidelines and as the Lord leads.

2016 Event Calendar

In 2016 we're moving most of our meetings to the internet. Using we'll be hosting speakers from across the country. To help cover the cost of paying our speakers and using an package with more features, each online event will be $12 for members (who will have the first opportunity to register) and $17 for non-members.  Next year's calendar includes:

Feb. 3, 7 p.m. EST – “Story Structure” with K.M. WeilandApril 6, 7 p.m. EST – “Historical Research” with Jocelyn GreenAug. 4, 7 p.m. EST – “Book Marketing Overview” with Misty BellerOct. 6, 7 p.m. EST – “Indie Publishing” with Hallee BridgemanDec. 6, 7 p.m. EST – “Brainstorming Strategies for Writing Nightmares” with Michelle Lim

- See more at:

Writer's Retreat: Writing, Writing, and More Writing!

Forget the laundry, cleaning, and telemarketers - get away for the weekend to write as many words as you possibly can! 

Join us May 6-8, 2016 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord - your room and meals are included, so all you need to worry about is your manuscript. 

Standard guest rooms rates: $262.30 per person based on single occupancy or $164.00 per person based on double occupancy.Deluxe room (only one available!): $306.70 per person based on single occupancy or $186.20 per person based on double occupancy.

Call (866) 348-5249, option 3 to reserve your room now!

The Moral Premise

Our one in-person meeting will feature the highly-acclaimed Stanley Williams The Moral Premise. Cost is $40 for members and $60 for non-members (includes lunch).

Join us Sat. Jun. 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Doherty Hotel, 604 N. McEwan Street, Clare, Michigan(Space is limited, so reserve your space early!)

What About You?

We'd love to see more members get involved and participate this year, whether that means sending us your writing news or submitting a writing post for our blog. If there's something you'd like to see us doing that isn't happening right now, please send me a note and let me know!

I hope you've had a great 2015, and here's looking forward to an even better 2016!

Sincerely,Karin BeeryPresident,

Friday, December 4, 2015

Ready for the New Year!

I still have some gifts to buy and a meal to plan, but the decorations are up and I'm ready for Christmas! Personally things are coming together nicely.

Professionally, however, I'm already into 2016. We're trying to stay ahead of things in the Great Lakes Chapter, so I spent some time today updating our website - please take a few minutes to check it out. I'd like to point out a few things to you:

1. Member News - we have an entire page dedicated to sharing updates and information. We'd love to give you another outlet to brag about your contracts, book release dates, finished manuscripts, weddings - if it's news to you, it's news to us! Please send me your info so I can share it with the world!

2. Writing Tips - did you know that we have a page where you can share your writing tips? If you've published your tips online (blog, magazine, etc.) and you'd like to share them with our members and visitors, send me a link and we'll help spread the word!

3. Pics - nothing in our bylaws or procedures says our pictures have to be GLC conferences only. Did you climb your first mountain this summer? Get married? Have a book signing? Send up your photos and we'll help share your joy!

We'd love for everyone in our chapter to see their name on our site, so please keep sharing your news, tips, and pictures with us - let's see what everyone is up to in 2016!

Have a blessed Christmas and a safe New Year!

Karin Beery

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October 2015 Newsletter: Celebrating Autumn and NaNoWriMo

Yeah, I know. It's November. I'm a bit behind. Know why? Because it's NaNoWriMo time! And, being a good writer, I'm already a day late and three cups of coffee short. So when Karin emailed me and asked if I'd done the October newsletter yet (she only asks questions she already knows the answer to), I did a Homer facepalm and promised to get it out before Christmas. So here it is! And, by the way, it's NaNo month. It's a magical time of year. Even if you don't participate, it's our month. The time to celebrate being an author, even if you're not one who completes 50,000 words in a month.

Chapter News

We have a full ballot! After some double checking, Pegg Thomas has one more year available to serve as treasurer and Deb Gardner Allard has graciously volunteered to serve as our secretary. Unless anyone else would like to throw their name into the ring, here is the ballot for our 2016 officers:
President - Karin Beery (3rd term)
Vice President - Ron Estrada (2nd term)
Secretary - Deb Gardner Allard (1st term)
Treasurer - Pegg Thomas (4th term)
Please keep the board in your prayers!
If you're interested in serving, please contact Karin at ASAP. Thanks!
2016 changes: Though we've had good attendance at our events this past year, attendees were pretty evenly split between members and non-members. The board wants to make sure we're reaching as many members as we can, so we're making a big switch next year: five of our six meetings will be online. Our hope is two-fold - that more members will be able to participate and that we'll be able to present a wider variety of speakers and topics.  
2016 calendar: Our 2016 event calendar has been finalized, and I'm so excited to share the new line up with you! Please mark your calendars now, as you won't want to miss these amazing classes: 
February - Wednesday, Feb. 3 - K.M. Weiland, "Story Structure"
April - Wednesday, April 6 - Jocelyn Green, "Getting the Research Right"
May 6-8 - Writing Retreat @ Treetops Resort, Gaylord
June - Saturday, June 4 - Stanley Williams present "The Moral Premise" at the Doherty Hotel in Clare, MI. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., includes lunchAugust - Thursday, Aug. 4 - Misty Beller, "Book Marketing Overview"
August 25-28 - National Conference in Nashville, TN
October - Thursday, Oct. 6 - Hallee Bridgeman, "Indie Publishing"
December - Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Michelle Lim, "Brainstorming Strategies for Writing Nightmares"

Member News

Do you have any news to share? A new release? Signed with an agent? Let Ron know so he can add your announcement to the newsletter. email him

Upcoming Events

Our December meeting will be held online. Ron Estrada will talk about podcasting, Blab, and how an author can make use of all the new social media available to us. As Ron is starting a new job in November that will have him traveling quite a bit, he needs to find out when he'll have an opening in his schedule. So stay tuned to the website and the Facebook page for updates! 

As always, if you have any news you'd like to share, please let Ron Estrada know - send your blurb to him at

May you have an amazing November - praying God's guidance for your work, family, and writing. Write on!

Karin Beery
ACFW-GLC President