Thursday, May 5, 2016

June Meeting - Cancelled

I'm sorry to have to report that we've had to cancel our June 4 meeting in Clare. Please know that a lot of thought, discuss, and prayer went into this decision, but sometimes things happen.


Take a couple of months off, but mark your calendar for Thursday, August 4 when Misty Beller will join us online for a Book Marketing Overview! Author of The Ambitious Author, Misty shares the lessons she's learned as a best-selling hybrid author.

So save the date and we'll see you then!

April Highlights!

April Highlights

This is the time of year when things start heating up. Not just weatherwise, but conferences are looming, writing projects are running full-steam ahead. Ron gets the April newsletter out on May 1st. The madness never ends. But here's what's going on:


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 FREE (option 3) and reference our group name or number (109018)..

And if Ron had got the newsletter out yesterday, he could have told you that it was the last day to register for the ACFW conference at the reduced rate. Now it'll cost you another $30. Regardless, it looks like a great line-up this year. Donald Maass is presenting on Thursday. If you've never seen him live, you won't want to miss that. You can register for the conference at http://www.acfw.com
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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.)
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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

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

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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 karin@karinbeery.com 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 p.m.online. 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).
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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.)
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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 AnyMeeting.com we'll be hosting speakers from across the country. To help cover the cost of paying our speakers and using an AnyMeeting.com 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: http://greatlakeschapter.blogspot.com/p/workshops.html#sthash.RaIpNadw.dpuf


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, ACFW-GLCwww.karinbeery.com