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

12/5/2019 9:00:00 AM BY Tammy Karasek

Getting to Know Your Presidnets!

Today we meet Jennifer Hallmark.


1. Where do you live? An hour from Huntsville, Alabama


2. How long have you been a Word Weaver? Around nine months
        a) What chapter are you President of? The online group, Page 27, for romance writers.


3. How long have you been writing—or when did you feel God was calling you to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since junior high but in 2006, I decided to try to make a career of it.


4. What do you like to read? Everything. I love Southern fiction, women’s fiction, fantasy,
mysteries, memoirs, and non-fiction the most.


5. What do you write? Southern fiction and fantasy. And I love blogging.
       a) If you are published: 
              1. First book? Jessie’s Hope
              2. How many written?  1
              3. Newest book? Jessie’s Hope


6. Where’s your favorite place to write? I have three favorite spots: My study on the desktop, the
living room recliner on the laptop, and Starbucks with pencil and notepad. ????


7. If you have a dedicated writing space, describe it for us. My study is a converted extra
bedroom. I’m surrounded by soft pink walls and cream curtains. My décor is a plethora of
positive sayings and scriptures, both in wall pictures, ceramics, and crosses. Four overflowing
bookcases and a large L-shaped desk complete the room.


8. What’s your ideal writing routine (time of day, with or without a beverage, snack to get to the
finish line, etc.) Mid-morning through late afternoon with lots of hot tea and low-calorie
snacks. Some days I’m organized and on schedule. Others I jump around in a multi-tasking
flurry.


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? (Great story, impactful, educational, etc.) I’ve
read so many good ones but “Eat Live Thrive Diet” has had a major impact on my health for the
good as I’m learning about smart choices in food choice, exercise, and retraining my mind. Its
focus is for women over forty.


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.)
Some people you come across in the world of writing will try to take advantage of you, usually
in your finances. Check everyone and everything out first!


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!  My journey to holding a traditionally published novel in my hands has been longer than I would’ve liked. Thirteen years and five months. Be encouraged that if you keep moving forward
by writing, learning, reading, more writing, and submitting, you’ll eventually see something in print. Hang in there, fellow writers!

 

 

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. 

Jennifer released her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, on June 17th, 2019. She sends out a monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. You can visit her on Facebook, Facebook author pageTwitter, and Pinterest.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

 

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