Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 2015 Newsletter

Spring! When an old man's fancy turns to lawn care!

Know how you can tell when a Michigan writer has written a book in the winter? All the descriptions are in shades of gray (not 50, maybe a dozen at most). But now we can add color! Birdsong! Fewer swear words.

And it's also when our frozen little chapter thaws a bit and gets busy. So, with no further ado (not adieu...I checked with Grammar Girl...btw, did you know she has a grammar devotional?). I digress. Let's get on with the news and updates.

What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?

Our April 4th meeting in Lapeer is fast approaching. Sarah Grimm will talk about flash fiction and Sue Brower of the Natasha Kern Agency will discuss the agent/author relationship.

The meeting will be held at the Past Tense Cider Mill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Give yourself time to shop in the Past Tense store. They have an awesome, and very large, nostalgic selection. I especially like the Christmas shop upstairs.

 Past tensewebsite and address.

As if that weren't enough to bring you to our lovely Thumb region, anyone who attends this or the June meeting has the chance to win a four day writing retreat, July 27-30, at Judy Eick's cottage in St. Helen. Lodging is free, just bring your own food. We're giving away three spots, so get to those meetings so you'll be eligible.

The cost is $25 for ACFW-GLC members and $35 for non-members. See you on April 4th!

GLC Writing Retreat

The GLC writing retreat is coming up on May 1-3 at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. $230 per person includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy), 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner per person.

Only a couple weeks to get the reservation forms back to Karin. So hurry!

October Meeting Update

We're excited to announce that we've added Christine Johnson to our speaker schedule. She'll be speaking about writing for the Love Inspired line.

Member News

Some exciting news from Dawn Crandall: “My debut novel, THE HESITANT HEIRESS, was named a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Writers of America book contest this week!” Congratulations, Dawn!