On flash fiction, retreats, and what-not The April meeting
kinda rocked. And not just because I only had a 20 minute drive to get
there. Sarah Grimm's presentation on flash fiction was a revelation for
most of us (I have written two in preparation for the scifi\fantasy contest
issue of Splickety). And Sue Brower of the Natasha Kern Agency provided
more information on the state of publishing than we dared to ask.
If you'd like to join a few of us in the flash fiction fun, here's the link to Splickety's submission guidelines (they
actually pay, by the way, just sayin'...). Be sure to click on the
"contests" link as well. If you think you can tell a story in
1000 words or less, you have three imprints to choose from: Splickety Prime
for general fiction, Splickety Love for short mushiness, and my persoanal
fave, Splickety Havok for the escalated creep factor and interstellar
travel (or both).
Go ahead and give it a try. It's amazing what you'll learn about your
writing when forced to hack it away to the bear necessities of story. Updates: What's happening in the Great Lakes Chapter?
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.
Reservations are closed. Let's pray for a great weekend, sunny weather, and
some inspired writing.
Member News Ron Estrada (me)
is working with a woman in his home church of Oakwood Community Church in
Oxford\Brandon to start a writing group. The plan is to create a teaching,
encouragement ministry to meet once a month or so. If anyone has started a
similar undertaking in your church, I'd like to hear from you. If you haven't,
maybe it's time to consider it. Imagine a statewide church writing
ministry...but I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with Oakwood. If
you have any advice (or warnings), please contact me at
If you have any
announcements pertaining to writing, please let me know so that I can
include it in the newsletter. Email me at email@example.com.
Ron Estrada, VP
June 6 – Lansing
(host Rohn Federbush): 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.La Senorita Mexican Restaurant700 Lake Lansing Road Lansing MI 48912 517-485-0166
Kathy Rouser –
Time ManagementJudy Eick –
August 1 –
Grandville (host Susan Tuttle):
Dawn Crandall –
Tips from a Newly Published AuthorAnn Byle, Credo
Communications – Publishing Options, Reaching Your Readers, and How an
Agent Can Help
– ACFW National Conference, Dallas, Texas
Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and ConclusionsChristine
Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line.
December 5 –
Your ACFW Great
The Great Lakes
Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association promotes
the writing of excellent, inspirational fiction from the great state of
Michigan. We work to glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ, His