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

11/21/2019 9:00:00 AM BY Tammy Karasek

Getting to Know Your Presidents!

Today we meet Ginny Cruz

 

1. Where do you live? I live in Pensacola, FL

2. How long have you been a Word Weaver? I have been a Word Weaver for almost two years and the president ofthe Pensacola chapter for one year.

3. How long have you been writing—or when did you feel God was calling you to be a writer? While I wrote papers in college, I never pursued writing until 2007 whenI felt God pulling me in that direction. 

4. What do you like to read? My preferred reading material is often non-fiction. I enjoy biographies andhow-to books on a variety of topics. I also enjoy adventure and fiction alongthe line of James Patterson or Tom Clancy. 

5. What do you write? I write non-fiction and am moving into writing articles and blog posts related tomy profession as a pediatric physical therapist. 

 a) If you are published:  

            1. First book? My first book was a self-published children's book,  E is for Ellisville. My second children's book, also self-published, was Gracie's Greatest Gift I also wrote and produced a short movie, Paint the Town and a music CD, Change the World

            2. Newest book? My newest book is a collection of family stories. Mud Holes and Magnolias: Lessons on Faith from Mama's Stories

6. Where’s your favorite place to write? My favorite place to write is sitting outside facing the woods. Nature feeds my creativity.

7. If you have a dedicated writing space, describe it for us.  I do not really have a dedicated writing space.

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 time to write is in the mornings before lunch. I do not drink or eat while writing. If I'm forced to write indoors, I play nature sounds in the background.

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.) My favorite book this year has been Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. I love her use of modern-day fictionalcharacters to illustrate biblical stories.

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.) My writing advice to other Word Weavers is to stay in touch with the ministry aspect of writing. God has a purpose for thegift and it is easy to forget that. This helps me view the frustrations and setbacks as part of the journey. Quitting is not an option.

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! Surround yourself with mature Christian writers who are invested in your development, i.e. Word Weavers. They are the only ones who will truly care or understand you or your work. 

 

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Ginny Cruz, PT is a pediatric physical therapist with 30+ years of experience. She has a BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida and an MPA degree from the University of West Florida. She currently provides evaluation and consultation services to the Early Steps program in Pensacola, FL. Ginny writes to help families raise successful children You can follow her at ginnycruz.com 

 

 

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