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

10/17/2019 1:40:00 PM BY Tammy Karasek

Getting to Know Your Presidents!

Today we meet Donna Mumma


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

          I live in St. Petersburg, Florida

2. How long have you been a Word Weaver?

          I joined Word Weavers in 2012

a) What chapter are you President of?  I am a past president of the Tampa, FL chapter. I
am now a mentor for chapters in FL, GA, and IL.


3. How long have you been writing—or when did you feel God was calling you to be a writer?
          I have been writing since I was eight years old, and started getting serious about it in 2004.


4. What do you like to read?
          I have eclectic tastes. I love John Grisham and am currently reading several of his books, but I
also enjoy Eva Marie Everson’s stories, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Herriot, Charles
Martin, and Steven James to name a few. And I can’t pass up a classic sci-fi book like Isaac
Asimov and Ray Bradbury.


5. What do you write?
          I write southern fiction seasoned with suspense and devotionals. I’ve also dabbled in spec-fiction.
         
6. Where’s your favorite place to write?
          I enjoy writing at my desk, which is in my bedroom. I can close the door, crank up my ITunes
library and melt into my imaginary world.


7. If you have a dedicated writing space, describe it for us.
          My desk is a reproduction of an old fashioned writing desk. It is small and tucked into a cozy
space along the wall next to a large armoire and a corner of the room. The area has the feel of a
small alcove, which is helpful in shutting out the real world while I slip into my imagination.


8. What’s your ideal writing routine (time of day, with or without a beverage, snack to get to the
finish line, etc.)
          My ideal routine consists of sitting down in my chair, lighting one of my cinnamon candles,
turning on one of my movie soundtracks that fits with the atmosphere of my story, and pecking
away on the keyboard.


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.)
          Claire Fullerton’s Mourning Dove captured my interest and kept a hold on me long after I read it.
She possesses a style reminiscent of Pat Conroy and the characters she created lived and
breathed for me.


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.)
          Learn the difference between showing and telling, then master the art of showing. Study
everything you can get your hands on that demonstrates the difference. Your writing won’t sing
from the page or capture your reader’s interest until you learn this skill. This is something that
benefits both fiction and non-fiction writers.

 


Donna Mumma has been writing inspirational fiction since 2005. A multi-award winning
author, she writes fiction and non-fiction seasoned with a sense of adventure. An avid believer in
education, she graduated from the University of Florida with a BAE and M.Ed. in Elementary
Education. She serves as the current president of the Tampa chapter of Word Weavers
International and is a content editor for Inkspirationsonline.com. Donna is a native Floridian and
now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband of twenty-eight years. She is the mom of
two college boys and an energetic collie named Duke.

 

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