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JUNE 2009

FaithWriters.com news and information for the write-brained Christian!

"He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers;" – Malachi 4:6a (NIV)

The moms had their turn last month, and now it's time to honor our fathers. I hope that when you think of your dad, you have plenty of warm and wonderful recollections of the things you did together when you were young.

What memories do you have? Maybe they consist of fishing, or enjoying the outdoors. Him teaching you to ride your bike. Reading together. Or perhaps your fondest memories are the lessons he taught you about Jesus.

Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters at the end of this newsletter to see what memories other FaithWriters members have of their fathers. And, if your dad is still with you on Fathers Day, be sure to tell him just how much you love him.


Well, I got my registration in for this year's FaithWriters conference, how about you? You definitely won't want to miss it. Here are just a few of the many topics that will be covered at this exciting bi-annual event:

Book Marketing 101 – How to Market Online for Success
Thoughts that Breathe, Words that Burn – How to Bring Your Poetry to Life
Critiquing for the Fainthearted and the Fearless - It Doesn't Have to Leave Scars
You Got Style – Yes You Do! Finding Your Voice in the Midst of the Melee
Story Telling – Getting the Most Bang for the Buck

(TOLD you it's going to be good!)

Besides the teaching and workshops, the fellowship and friendships you'll take away are guaranteed to be worth every penny it costs for the conference. And, by the way, prices are extremely low in comparison to the average Writers Conference. Don't forget, early-bird pricing ends June 7th, so hurry up and register today!

Click here for all of the conference information, including complete workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and the registration form:

Oh –  and the message boards are buzzing with activity about everything conference-related, from finding a roommate or two or three, to hitching rides from the airport, to Detroit area attractions. Come and join in on the conference chatter at the link below:



One of the dozen or so features that come along with your FaithWriters 500 membership is the eligibility for an exclusive contest, created specifically for 500 members. If you've ever entertained the idea of writing a book, whether fiction or non-fiction, this contest is for you!

Entries are now open for the annual Page Turner contest, which runs from January 1st through October 31st. This year, the focus is on fiction (it will be non-fiction in 2010).

A few of the details:

1. Submit the first chapter and synopsis of your fictional work in progress. The book does not have to be complete to enter. Only the first chapter is required. Of course, you may want to finish your book, as free editing of the entire novel is included in the fabulous prize package!

2. The deadline for entering is October 31. Winners will be announced on December 1st.

3. There will be three winners. The grand prize Page Turner entrant will win a prize package consisting of free editing of their entire manuscript (up to 300 pages), publicity, marketing, press releases, an award plaque, and a hefty wad of cash. Two runners-up will receive an award plaque.

4. Entries are judged on creativity, literary skill, publishability, and overall page turning quality.

NOW is the perfect time to join the FaithWriters 500. With several months left in this contest, you'll have plenty of time to polish up that manuscript and get it submitted. You never know…you could be the next Page Turner champion and one step closer to being a published novelist!

For all of the Page Turner contest details, click here:

Of course, the Page Turner is only one of many benefits included in your 500 membership. For more information on becoming a 500 member, visit this page: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php


In next month's newsletter, the new Best of the Best winner (BoB) will be crowned! Last year's winner was frequent Challenge winner, Jan Ackerson. Will Jan lose her title or retain it for another year? Stay tuned…

In the meantime, view all of the former BoB's, as well as read all of the number one Challenge entries here:

After a couple weeks on hiatus, the new Weekly Writing Challenge will start up again in July.


Thanks to ALL of you who sent me your answer to this month's Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters question. I literally received dozens of replies and I would love nothing more than to post every single one. Unfortunately, I had to choose just a few to include. But each memory is so special and, again, thanks for sharing.

Here is this month's question:

What is (or was) your favorite thing to do with your dad?

"Go for a long, long drive alone with my dad. He would settle into the passenger seat and tell me story after story of his family and ancestors. Priceless." - Arlene Showalter

"Growing up on a farm, sometimes baby animals were left homeless.  My dad gave me a baby pig to take care of and he showed me how to love and nurture that animal.  My dad and a baby pig taught me how to love all." - Marilyn Meiners

"As a child, I liked our family vacations. By the time I was twelve, my dad had driven us to 36 states." - Mike Mattice

"The fondest memory I have of my dad is dirt bike riding (motorcycles) with him.  Wind in my hair, adrenaline pumping through my little girl body, big grin on my face and sweet laughter flowing from my dad's lips....good times!" - Stephanie Erickson

"My favorite memories of my dad include the times when we were being silly. He taught us poems like "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear..." and "One dark night when it was very bright..." He likes to mix up words in everyday phrases, too, and even now that all of us kids are adults, it's not uncommon for us to say something like, 'getting cream ice at Donald's Mc.'" – Amy Wiley

"It was the early 60's, my dreams were focused on baseball and pitching. My dad didn't just play catch with me; he taught me how to be as good as I could be.  He would drop strings from the clothes line for the strike zone and squat with the catcher's mitt and call the pitches he wanted until I could do it with my eyes closed, turning me into a very good pitcher. Even better, we became close friends because my dad shared the dream with me." -John Garner

JULY QUESTION: What are your vacation plans this summer?

Email your answer to:
FaithWriters.contact@yahoo.com. Keep it brief (1-2 sentences) and I will choose a few to appear in next month's newsletter.



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