Critique

Founded in 1997, Word Weavers International is dedicated to providing a forum for Christian writers to critique one another's work in a face-to-face format, whether in a traditional chapter or in Word Weavers' unique online "pages," so as to improve craft. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Events

Word Weavers International holds two annual events for writers at every level--Florida Christian Writers Conference (March) held in the Central Florida area and the North Georgia Christian Writers Conference (August) nestled in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Additionally, Word Weavers provides scholarships to members throughout the year.

Community

By holding monthly meetings, providing constant contact through news blasts and our newsletter, and by use of social media means, Word Weavers offers its writers a sense of community. Word Weavers is highly recognized within our industry, its members respected for their professionalism and work.

The mission of Word Weavers International is to help members find their unique voice, strive for the exceptional and not settle for the mundane, and to raise the quality of our members’ writing to a publishable level. We endeavor to fulfill our mission and vision by:

 

 Actively praying for one another’s successes

 Holding regularly-scheduled critique sessions

 Offering annual conferences for in-depth learning and networking

 Providing scholarship funds to conferences to our members

 Sharing information about writing opportunities, conferences, and contests through our newsletter, The Loom

 Offering smaller, genre-specific critique groups in addition to the general critique sessions when possible

 Helping connect members with editors, agents, and other publishing professionals

 Providing guest speakers at meetings, retreats, and workshops

The Sandwich Critique Method

 

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Word Weavers Presidents

10/10/2019 9:00:00 AM BY Tammy Karasek

Getting to Know Your Presidents!

 

1. Where do you live? (You can use city and state or just state if you prefer) 

Harrisburg PA

2. How long have you been a Word Weaver? 

Since 2014

2a.) What chapter are you President of? 

Page 7

 3. How long have you been writing—or when did you feel God was calling you to be a writer?

I started writing in 2005 and self-published my first book, From Pain to Peace: The Journey of Forgiveness After Divorce in 2011.

4. What do you like to read? 

I like to read anything that’s well written. Fiction or non-fiction. Mysteries to memoirs. Young adult to Christian Living. If it’s written well, it’s a treat to read.

5. What do you write? 

I blog and write articles. As far as books, I write both fiction and non-fiction.

 5a.) If you are published:  

1. First book?  From Pain to Peace: The Journey of Forgiveness After Divorcewas published in 2011. The second edition has been updated with newer statistics and cover, renamed Learning to Bloom Again: Walking Through Forgiveness After Divorce.

 2. How many written?  Three so far. My latest book is God’s Best During Your Worst: Finding Your Way Through Life’s Tragedies and is scheduled to be released by Bold Vision Books in the spring of 2020. My first novel, Ladies of the Fire, is with my agent and is being shopped around at this very moment.

 3. Newest book? My first novel, Ladies of the Fire, is with my agent and is being shopped around at this very moment.

 6. Where’s your favorite place to write? 

I love writing at my desk at home. There, I can look out at the peaceful Susquehanna River, listen to some soothing music and allow it all to focus my soul.

 7. If you have a dedicated writing space, describe it for us. 

It’s at an antique (or maybe it’s just old) writing desk my husband found at Goodwill. It sits in front of a huge window facing east overlooking the Susquehanna River. There I can block out all distractions and still take in the beauty and peacefulness of what the river has to offer. When a new day awakens, and the sun comes up the birds sing a welcoming song and all is at peace. That’s heaven for me.

8. What’s your ideal writing routine (time of day, with or without a beverage, snack to get to the finish line, etc.) 

When I’m not working my day job, I get up early—around 4:00—and begin. First, I hit my devotion time. When I’m finished there, I fix a cup of coffee, grab a protein bar and a couple bottles of water, and settle behind my desk. After the sun comes up and the birds quiet after finding their purpose for the day, I turn on Pandora and dial (HA! That’s a trip down memory lane. Who dials anymore?) to Spa Music and bask in my writing groove.

9. We all have several authors we love to read so I won’t make you pick a favorite—but what has been your favorite book this year and why? 

I stumbled onto Richard Paul Evans’ The Walkseries and fell in love with it. The way he turned phrases, painted pictures with words, and told a great story of his (fictional) odyssey walking across the country was riveting.The series was a real escape from all the woes of a day.

10. What’s one piece of writing advice you’d like to share with other Word Weaver members? (Maybe something you wished you would have known as you began writing.)

Everyone starts at their own beginning and must their pay dues. Anticipate that pain—as well as delight—will be a companion on your writing journey. Because it isa journey. You’ll experience serenity as well as exhaustion. You may often feel like quitting, but don’t. Just hang in there. Much of what you’re dealing with won’t make any sense … until you go to a writers conference and meet others who are just like you. Stay plugged in to Word Weavers. Some of these people may turn out to be a lifeline for you.

 

Bonus:  If there is anything else you’d like to share about you or your writing journey that I have not asked in the above list – feel free to add it!

Before God’s Best During Your Worst was picked up by my publisher, I had over fifty rejections. FIFTY! But I didn’t have a choice … I had to keep on going. Keep writing. I sought out wise council and followed their advice. I re-wrote the book several times—start to finish. It was painful. I honestly didn’t want to do it. But I listened and hung in there. While nothing was happening with this book, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I reached out to a friend I met at BRMCWC. She gave me great advise, that I follow still. She told me leave what’s in God’s hands to him … and start writing another book. That’s when I turned my focus to fiction and began writing Ladies. Now both books are finished. God’s perfect timing has my first with a publisher and the second waiting not far behind. 

It might sound like a quick turn-around, but it took seven years. Over that time I hunkered down and worked on my craft. I’m stillworking on my craft. That’s what is so awesome about Word Weavers. There, I surround myself with other writers. And I go to conferences where I meet successful writers and hang on their every word. I follow their blogs, and invest into my craft.
 

 

In 2009, Robin founded Renew Ministries, promoting God’s healing plan for our lives. She has also worked with twelve-step groups, including the Christian divorce support group DivorceCare,sharing the importance of trusting God. Her self-published book, Learning to Bloom Again: Walking Through Forgiveness After Divorce offers lessons—both good and bad—and shows there can be healing after divorce. 

 In 2011 life shifted when Robin needed emergency brain surgery. She shares what she learnedin the book God’s Best During Your Worst,a Christian Living book contracted with Bold Vision Books. She also has her first piece of fiction, Ladies of the Fireready for publication. She’s represented by Cyle Young/Hartline Literary Agency.

Luftig is a nationally-known speaker who shares stories of God’s mercy and grace at women’s retreats and conferences. She is an active member of Word Weavers International where she serves as a group leader. She and her husband, Lew, live in Central PA.

 

 

 

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