Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter: June's Meeting Date Set!

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?

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.

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

Ron Estrada, VP

2015 Calendar

June 6 – Lansing (host Rohn Federbush):
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
La Senorita Mexican Restaurant700 Lake Lansing Road
Lansing MI 48912
Kathy Rouser – Time ManagementJudy Eick – Pitching/Toastmaster
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
September 17-20 – ACFW National Conference, Dallas, Texas
October 17 – Gaylord (host TBD):
Pegg Thomas–Conflict, Consequences, and ConclusionsChristine Johnson– Writing for the Love Inspired line.
December 5 – online: TBD

Your ACFW Great Lakes Chapter
What we're about.
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 Son.  
Contact for if you have any announcements to include in this newsletter. God bless all of our Mitten State writers.

Now go write for God's glory!