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 we'll be hosting speakers from across the country. To help cover the cost of paying our speakers and using an 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

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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,