Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Great Lakes ACFW membersThe Newsletter for September, 2014
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We can’t wait to hear from our members who attended the conference in St. Louis. The emails are humming on the loop.

Coming Up!
Please remember we have a meeting October 18 in Gaylord titled “Social Networking.” It will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 1649 E. State Rd. Gaylord, Michigan. The workshop will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please click here for the flier with further information, or you may contact Karin Beery at Karin(at)karinbeery(dot)com or Pegg Thomas at twinwillowsfarm(at)gmail(dot)com.

Member news!

Karin Beery and Tiff Colter once again hosted the At-Home Conference, a free, on-line conference alternative for ACFW members who can't attend the annual conference. What started as some posts exchanged between members of the Midwest Zone has grown into a 100+ member on-line event featuring an informational blog, giveaways, a Facebook group, and great courses presented by ACFW members. If you missed it this year, please consider joining next year!

Dawn Crandall’s second book in The Everstone Chronicles, The Bound Heart, releases from Whitaker House on November 3.

Peggy Wirgau attended the SCBWI Michigan Fall Conference on Mackinac Island in September, where she pitched her middle grade novel based on a true story about a 12-year-old Titanic survivor. She’ll also be doing research there for her next novel, based on a true story set during the Revolution.

Many members of the Great Lakes group attended the Maranatha Writers Conference in Muskegon Sept. 15-18. Judy Eick, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas, Karlene Jacobson and Linda Glaz said the keynote speakers were wonderful, the workshops encouraging, and the appointments helpful. Four days packed with information, wonderful food and good fellowship on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Pegg particularly enjoyed speaker Cliff Graham, saying “He is a soldier, a pastor, and an author. He became as author because he wanted to reach young MEN in his youth group for Christ. He talked - passionately - about the need to reach men through Christian fiction. He described his books as, "the Old Testament meets Saving Private Ryan." 

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Though these aren't specifically GLC members, I'd like to recognize the Genesis and Carol award winners (especially Carol Awards, so people looking for good books and view the list of award winners). Here are the links:

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Blessings on your day,
Judy Eick aka Nelle Cooper