Thursday, February 19, 2015

ACFW Launches Virginia Chapter!

The American Christian Fiction Writers now has a Virginia chapter! This newly created chapter will offer members monthly online webinars, a short-story contest, plus a one-day conference this July in the Northern Virginia area.

To join, you must be a current ACFW member. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kim O'Connell, March 9, 2015, Speaker

Kim O’Connell
Author, Journalist, Essayist
Monday, March 9, 2015
“No Wasted Effort: Bouncing Back From Rejection and Having Faith in Your Work”

Being a writer means dealing with rejection--probably more often than acceptance. For example, when J.K. Rowling first shopped the first Harry Potter book, she received multiple rejections and told to keep her day job. And yet she persevered, and the rest is history.

However, for the rest of us, what is the best way to deal with rejection? Do you stow your work in a drawer and try something new? Do you rework the rejected piece and send it elsewhere? Journalist and author Kim O’Connell will talk about how to cope with rejection and find ways to celebrate your work and keep going.

While Kim has plenty of first-hand experience with rejection, yet she has also had publishing success, with writing credits in a range of national and regional publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal,,, and American History. Visit her website at to learn more.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jan. 12, 2015, Meeting Speaker: Catherine Claire Larson on Telling True Stories

Tonight's meeting (Jan. 12) is ON as usual. See you there!

Catherine Claire Larson
Author, Reporter, Feature Writer, Script Writer
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
“Stories of Reality: Finding and
Telling the True Stories That Matter”

What are the true stories worth telling and how do you find them? How do you convey these stories of reality in a way that grip your audience and leave them wanting more? The same elements of story—of conflict, character, action, and resolution—which make great fiction will invigorate your non-fiction work.

Author Catherine Claire Larson has stalked the stories that matter in the war-torn edges of East Africa, the desperation of America’s prison yards and the quiet marvels of motherhood. As a former ghost writer for Chuck Colson, contributor to BreakPoint Radio, and author, Larson has learned that the elements of good story-telling remain despite the genre. Revisit what makes a story satisfying and see how it can revive your writing. Learn more at

CCW meets the second Monday of odd-numbered months, from 7-9 p.m., at historic Gunnell House,10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA (on the grounds of Truro Church) Directions and more information:

CCW Meeting Cancellation Policy
Please always double-check our blog before each meeting.
1. If Fairfax County Public Schools cancel for inclement weather, we will not have a meeting that evening. Schools are usually canceled before the sun rises on such days.
2. If inclement weather arrives AFTER 12 noon on the Monday of a meeting, we will post a cancellation on our blog at as well as a message on CCW’s contact number 703-803-9447.
3. If for any reason you cannot access the three sources above, then email

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CCW Member Starts Blog

CCW member Whitney Hopler has started a blog called "Renewing Your Mind.," where she tackles ways to renew our minds. Check it out--you'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Watier November 2014 Speaker

Matt Watier
Freelance Illustrator
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
“How Writers Can Work With Artists on Cooperative Projects”

Have you ever dreamed of writing a children’s book? Do you have an important message you’d like to pass on to the next generation? Are you curious about how to collaborate with an artist on a picture book? Matt Watier, local freelance illustrator, will talk about how his creative process works, where it intersects with writing, and how writers and artists can work together from idea to print.

Watier graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2001, majoring in Illustration and Design. He has published two books. His first published book ANTS: Another Nice Tasty Sweet was internationally published in Hebrew and English. His second book Secret Magics of Maine won numerous awards and has had various gallery shows throughout the East Coast of Maine. Watier now works as a User Experience Designer in the Washington, DC-metro region.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Candice Speare Prentice September 8, 2014

Capital Christian Writers presents
Candice Speare Prentice
Author of the Trish Cunningham Cozy Mystery Trilogy

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
The Seasons of a Writer’s Life
(Understanding This Crazy Career Called Writing)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). A writer’s life has very specific seasons as well.

Come be refreshed by this inspirational fiction writer and learn how to avoid frustration by embracing your present writing season. Candice not only has traditional and e-book experience with her trilogy (Murder in the Milk Case, Band Room Bash, and Kitty Litter Killer) but she has also co-authored three romances published by Barbour.

In her spare time, Candice writes for two blogs. Learn more at, and

Monday, July 28, 2014

August Fellowship Night, Aug. 11

August Fellowship
Monday, August 11, 7 p.m.

Join fellow CCW members and friends for some fellowship on Monday, August 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panera Bread in the heart of Fairfax City (just a block from Truro at 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Parking is free in the garage next to the complex, which also has the Wine House, Bollywood Bistro and Potbelly's).

Come share what you're working on, talk shop and generally have fun! We'll try to snag the long table, so if you get there first and see it empty, please reserve it for us!

Hope to see you there!