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"Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. …Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." Romans 12:9a & 10 (NLT)
Can you believe it's February already? Now that you have those Christmas bills paid, it's time to dig into those wallets again and pull out some cash for chocolates, flowers, maybe a diamond ring?? The most romantic day of the year is almost here. Praying you have a special Valentine to share it with.
At the end of this newsletter, see what some of our very own FaithWriter's members have to say about this holiday of love.
FAITHWRITERS ONLINE MAGAZINE
Speaking of LOVE, check out this month's issue of FaithWriters magazine. Read articles, stories and poems that feature LOVE as the central theme. You'll LOVE it! Click here:
If you are a FaithWriters 500 member, you may submit your work for possible publication in the FaithWriters Magazine. Visit the message boards for more details: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7285
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING FOR THE FIRST FAITHWRITERS CONFERENCE
The excitement is building and the message boards are buzzing with talk of the FaithWriters Writing Conference, to be held August 10-12 in the Detroit Metro area of Livonia, Michigan. The featured sought-after speaker is Sally Stuart, author of 31 books, including the infamous Christian Writers' Market Guide, a must-have reference tool for all Christian writers.
For a minimal cost, you will participate in group activities, enjoy praise and worship, attend writing workshops, and meet the friends you've been chatting with online for months (or even years)!
Oh - and a section of hotel rooms has been blocked off for FaithWriters members at a special price. Be sure to book yours soon. Don't panic - there are plenty of other hotels in the area but wouldn't it be nice to not have to venture out at all?
Good news! The Early Bird Registration fee has been extended to February 28. Don't delay - register today to reserve your spot at this special discounted price. Get all of the details and print out your registration form by following this link: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
Need a roommate? Click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8481
Come join the party! Rumor has it there will be plenty of fun, fellowship, and… chocolate! Don't believe me? Check it out: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9214
A special note: For those of you that live in the Australia / New Zealand part of the world and won't be able to attend the conference in the States, cheer up! Tentative plans are in the works for your very own FaithWriters conference to be held in early 2008. Look for further details in the months ahead.
Where can you improve your skill, get feedback on your writing AND have the opportunity to have your work published in a quarterly anthology?
FaithWriters.com, of course!
After a brief hiatus, the Writing Challenge is back in full swing. Challenge yourself to write to a deadline, a specific topic, and a set word count. It's not as easy as it sounds but it SURE IS FUN!
There are lots of great topics this time around. So reach for your creative thinking cap and join the Challenge! Entry deadline is every Thursday at 9:00 AM. Don't miss out! Click here to ENTER today: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
View the weekly winners here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-archives-levels.php
Check out the Writing Challenge forum on the FaithWriters message boards, where you can ask questions, find out who placed in the top 40 for the week, as well as the top 15 in each level, or just engage in silly, Writing Challenge banter! Click on over and join the fun: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=22
FAITHWRITERS 500 NEWS
Another amazing perk has been added to the growing list of FaithWriters 500 benefits. Now you can purchase Sally Stuart's 2007 Christian Writers Market Guide at a HUGE discount of 40% off the retail price. WOW!
Also…the exciting PAGE TURNER contest has officially begun. Submit the first chapter only of your fictional novel by June 1st. The winner will receive a hefty cash prize, free editing, free publicity and marketing, press release, and a special plaque to commemorate their win.
Start reaping these and all of the fabulous rewards today by signing up as a FaithWriters 500 member. Click here for all the details: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/FaithWriters500/faithwriters-500-index.php
FROM THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
This month's question:
If you could design a candy heart to present to your Valentine, who would you give it to and what would it say?
"My Valentine and I celebrated twenty five years of marriage just a few months ago, so I'd design his candy heart with an Almond Joy for all the wonderful moments, a Rocky Road bar for all the tough times we've survived, and chocolate Treasures because that's what he is to me. My message would be simple: 'I'd do it all again!'" - Birdie Courtright, writer and FaithWriters 500 member
"I would give it to my lovely bride, Brenda. It would read: ~ To the reason I choose to breathe ~" - George, ordained minister, praise & worship leader, and FaithWriters member.
"I would make one huge candy - big enough for my husband and kids. It would say, 'You Complete Me.'" - Cori Smelker, professional writer and long-time member of FaithWriters.com
And that wraps up this month's installment of FaithWriters news and happenings. Until next time, remember that God IS LOVE. Love Him with all your heart, show you're a Christian by loving others, and finally, know how much YOU ARE LOVED.