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.

Conference

Word Weavers International holds two annual conferences 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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The Book Report

12/6/2018 8:30:00 AM BY Nancy Alvarez

The Elephant Company

by Vicki Constantine Croke

The Elephant Company leads you on an adventure through the jungles of post-World War I Burma following the exploits of Jim Williams, a war vet longing for peace and communion with animals. A loner all his life, he found his purpose as a forest assistant handling the magnificent, noble elephants who hauled logs for a British teak company in Burma (now called Myanmar). Williams learned much from these intelligent elephants and applied it to human relationships. The book details his more than 25 years in the harsh jungles including his rescue mission of refugees across the border into India away from the encroaching and fierce Japanese enemy. The elephants’ heroism in building bridges throughout the war helped the Allies maintain control of the British colony of Burma. When faced with a sheer wall of rock Williams came up with the crazy idea to dig stairs along the side of the mountain of rock In order to bring British, Indian and other refugees to safety. The elephants did the seemingly impossible and selflessly carried the baggage and sick up the narrow stairs – an amazing feat of courage on everyone’s part.

 I was drawn to this book through my love of animals and refugee ministry. I enjoyed this historical biography of the triumph of man and animal working together for an honorable cause.  The book’s detailed accounts were interesting but became tiresome towards the end. I would have loved more information on the refugees, but all in all it is a good read. The love between man and animals amazes me and causes me to praise our Creator God for the uniqueness of each individual animal and their ability to interact with humans and even rise to heroic challenges.

I recommend this book for adults 20 and above.

 

 

Nancy Kelley Alvarez serves with Cru International in a ministry called Story Runners. She and her husband Al live in Iloilo City, Philippines. She is the author of The Butterfly Impact: A story of unexpected courage and transformation and her upcoming novel The Opportunity: A devastating attack, an astonishing request. She is a member of an Online Chapter of Word Weavers. 

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