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

Each October, Word Weavers International holds an annual event, Florida Christian Writers Conference, for writers at every level. FCWC is held at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, which is nestled in the splendor and majesty of a large cluster of live oaks and a wide sparkling lake to bring not only writing instruction but spiritual refreshing. Word Weavers provides scholarships to members and nonmembers alike.

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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Living as an Nonessential Person

1/13/2021 9:00:00 AM BY Bonnie Beardsley

Living as an Nonessential Person

I live with three essential men. My husband works for a large bank, my youngest son worker for a large grocery store chain, and my oldest son was so glad when the governor listed churches last week as essential. It can take a toll on one’s self-esteem when the leaders of the country look at you as less important than others. 

One of my rants towards the leaders, who never heard me yell from inside my closet, “Without me you essential people would starve, live in dirty clothes, wouldn’t be able to find their phones, or have someone to listen to their problems. I am just as essential as they are.”

As I sat there in the dark closet, throwing this pity party, I soon tore the scab off of some old wound left by my dad. I could do nothing right in his eyes. He took over many school projects by adding what he thought was needed artistic touches. Even did one project and told me to write the book report since writing is what I did best. The hurt and humiliation once again crushed my heart. To have the world look at me who was someone that was not needed caused the hurt to go deeper than before.

Then I heard that still small voice say to me, “But you are essential to Me.” This time I was not lead to Psalm 139 to show me how important I was to God, instead it was to Galatians 3:28-29 ESV, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.” God sees us all as equals because we are covered by the finished work of Christ Jesus. Being in Christ Jesus means I am a new creation as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

In Isaiah 43:4 and 7, God list what makes us essential;

  • I am redeemed
  • I am precious in His eyes
  • I am honored
  • He loves me
  • He has called me by name
  • I am created for His glory
  • He made me

No longer do I need hide behind the masks to be someone I am not. He has not only created me, He loves me just the way I am, and that is all that matters.

 

 

Bonnie Sue Beardsley lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, area with her husband and her two boys who just recently moved out. She has three dogs; two belong to her boys, a cat and a bearded dragon. She started writing in the eighth grade and encouraged by her English teacher to write. Later in life she was discouraged that the book she felt God had called her to write was a waste of time because someone else had written the “best” book on the subject and nothing Bonnie wrote could beat it. She shelved her writing for years. Then in 2014, on the request of friends she started writing a Bible study blog. At the suggestion of Andy Lee, she joined Word Weavers. With her groups encouragement she has leaped out in to writing fiction and enjoying it.  https://bonniesuewrites.weebly.com/

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