Aug 16 2014

NVCWF Fall Conference endorsed by local writers groups

john jenkinsNorthern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship Fall Mini Conference

Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:00am – 3:30pm
Haymarket, VA

  • The Master Plot Outline - a proven path to publication

  • Dialogue That Zings - practice dialogue techniques that enrich your writing

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~ Betsy Dill ~
Director Capital Christian Writers, Fairfax, VA

Our group has invited author/publisher John Jenkins to give his Master Plot Outline workshop a number of times over the years and it has always been well received. John is a disciplined writer and teacher with an engaging delivery and a heart for the Lord. Attendees will come away with a great deal of information and very clear instruction on how to strengthen their writing. This is a quality presentation. 


~ Johnese Burtram ~
         Director, Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship, Gainesville, VA 

John Jenkins’ engaging style and clear instruction make this workshop well worth the investment of a Saturday. In addition to the value added to your writing craft, you will leave the workshop inspired. The experience is well worth the time spent. 

Jun 28 2014

September 2014 Mini Writers Conference

With John Jenkins
john jenkins

Saturday, September 6, 2014

9:00am – 3:30pm

Haymarket, VA


  • The Master Plot Outlinea proven path to getting published with master story tellers London and O’Henry
  • Dialogue That Zingspractice dialogue techniques that enrich your writing 


A hands-on experience to

develop your writing craft.



Early Bird: by 9/3/2014
NVCWF Members:  $40.00 / Non Members: $45.00

Walk-In: 9/6/2014

Potomac Ministry Center
14525 John Marshall Hwy
Gainesville, VA 20155

John Jenkins is a publisher and author for Reconciliation Press. He writes captivating, historically-based stories about the spiritual war for hearts and minds of young people.
Since 1998, John has been conducting both writing and critical thinking classes workshops for home school parents and students. John also offers storytelling and authoring mentorships to adults an students with a serious interest in fiction writing.
His writing credits include:
Bloodlines, a novel originally published in 1993 by Servant Publications, and the first four books in the Century War Chronicles series designed for upper elementary and middle school students.
Nine short stories published in Focus on the Family  including If One Falls – A Civil War Tale which took the Higher Goals first place award for fiction in 2000 EPA publisher’s competition for Breakaway magazine. 

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May 22 2014

Children’s Lit

Coming to Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship June Meeting

NVCWF welcomes our own Elaine Beachy, author of three children’s books, and James Brewster, author of five Uncle Rocky, Fireman books to share their writing and publishing experience.

June 2, 2014 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 PM

(7:00 to 7:30 is meet and greet and light refreshments)

Potomac Ministry Center
14525 John Marshall Hwy, Gainesville, VA 20155
(If you are coming from route 29 or Linton Hall Road, the building stands alone on the left -right before the Post Office. )

This session is open to non members for only $5.00; please invite anyone that you think may be interested.

 Elainep13573s1103759_4_0 (2)Elaine Beachy
      Elaine completed a Special Publishing Course with the Institute of Children’s Literature of Redding Ridge, Connecticut in 1992, and has published two children’s fiction books: Biff and Becka’s Springtime Adventures and Biff and Becka’s Stupendous Vacation.  She is working on her third book titled Biff and Becka’s Splendiferous Christmas.
      A member of the Northern Virginia Christian Writer’s Fellowship, she writes a blog for home and family titled “Elaine’s Place: Turning Hearts toward Home” at
     Elaine lives with her husband, Dave, in Manassas, Virginia.  They have three children and four grandchildren.


James Brewster  JamesBruster
James Burd Brewster was raised in Albany, NY, learned to sail on Lake Champlain, navigated a Polar Icebreaker in the US Coast Guard, and married Katie Spivey from Wilmington, NC.  They lived in Baltimore, MD when Ben and Luke heard the Rocky Hill, Fireman stories.  The family grew to five (Ben, Luke, Rachel, Andrew, Sam) and settled in Pomfret, MD outside of Washington, DC. Twenty-three years after the first telling of Uncle Rocky, the first book, Fire!, was published followed within four months by Something’s Missing, Sparky’s Rescue, and Sparky Protects.  One year later he published The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman, a chapter book containing 12 episodes written for 3rd and 4th grade readers.  Ben and Luke are no longer 6 and 41/2.  Ben is a Marine, married, and father of 4 and Luke is an Apple employee in Chicago, IL.  Ben now tells Uncle Rocky stories to his oldest son Levi (5).  

Uncle Rocky maintains a website at where free downloads are available for Fire!, the first book, and coloring pages.

 Looking Forward

 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference
July 30 – August 2
Cairn University
Langhorne, PA

Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship Mini-Conference
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Potomac Ministry Center
Haymarket, VA

May 1 2014

Your Literary Agent and You

Northern VA Christian Writers Fellowship Presents

~ Guest Speaker Tamila Hancock ~

 This is sure to be an enlightening presentation for anyone who plans to or even thinks they just might write something for publication someday.  There are so many ways to shoot yourself in the foot when you are attempting something new, so don’t start your professional writing career using the trial and error method.  Come join us this coming Monday evening to learn from a real professional.

 May 5th, 2014 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 PM

(7:00 to 7:30 is meet and greet and light refreshments)

Potomac Ministry Center, 14525 John Marshall Hwy, Gainesville, VA 20155) .

If you are coming from route 29 or Linton Hall Road, the building stands alone on the left -right before the Post Office. Non members may attend this session for only $5.00; please invite anyone that you think may be interested.

Tamela-Web-Photo-150x150Tamela Hancock Murray is a full-time literary agent with The Steve Laube Agency ( She has worked in publishing for over 25 years. Tamela’s authors appreciate that her past experience as an award-winning, bestselling author gives her an understanding of the challenges writers face today.  Her goal is to work with authors over the long term to develop and maintain solid careers. Tamela and her husband of thirty years are empty nesters living in Northern Virginia and are the proud parents of two lovely daughters. She welcomes visits online at and Twitter followers   @Tamela_Murray.

Looking Forward

Children’s Lit
Two children’s writers will share their writing and publishing experiences.
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Elaine Beachy

 James Brewster JamesBruster


Apr 4 2014

Self Editing – April 7, 2014

~ Edit Your Own Writing~

Because writing is a solitary activity and we don’t usually have friends around to help us see our writing with fresh eyes. To follow-up with our Personal Narratives, we have a session on self-editing.


Join NVCWF facilitator Elaine Beachy for a presentation and discussion on self-editing.

Self-Editing – Flipping the Switch
By Carrie Transky
2013 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference Workshop


April 7th, 2014 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 PM
(7:00 to 7:30 is meet and greet and light refreshments)
Potomac Ministry Center
14525 John Marshall Hwy.
Gainesville, VA 20155

Bring your WIP (Work in Progress) Personal Narrative.

Join NVCWF today!

Coming Up

4/12/2014, Saturday
Lancaster Christian Writers
2014 Super Saturday

4/26/2014, Saturday
American Christian Fiction Writers NoVa Area writers
Grace Baptist Church, Woodbridge
14242 Spriggs Road
Woodbridge VA 22193

5/5/2014, Monday
NVCWF May Meeting
Guest Presenter
Tamela Hancock Murray
Agent with The Steve Laube Agency

7/30 – 8/2
2014 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference



Jun 14 2013

Blogging – the Writer’s Web Presence

June 23

NVCWF June meeting
Potomac Ministry Center
14525 John Marshall Highway
Gainesville, Virginia  20156

Blogging – the Writer’s Web Presence
Kirk Nelson

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Kirk Nelson, the self proclaimed “friendly neighborhood graphics geek” is an award winning graphics artist with 15+ years industry experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University, he is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and his graphics techniques have been published over 200 times in various acclaimed international publications such as Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, Digital Photographer, and 3D Artist. He has been invited by Adobe Systems to participate in the beta testing and development of the last 3 versions of Photoshop.  Additionally, Kirk serves as an elder at Grace Church of Gainesville and he currently resides in Northern Virginia with his lovely wife of 17 years and their 5 beautiful children …and he really enjoys a hot cup of coffee!

Kirk will be sharing with us the nuts and bolts of setting up and maintaining a blog.  Even if you aren’t blogging yet, this informative presentation is for you.

Bring your laptop for hands on help with your website/blog.


  July 31 – August 3, 2013
Greater Philadelphia Christ Writers Conference

May 1 2013

Turn a Good Story Into a Script


Northern Virginia

Christian Writers Fellowship

 We encourage, equip, and educate Christian writers


May 19


Room 101
Christ Chapel Woodbridge
13909 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Turn a Good Story Into a Script
Olcay Balitatli


For the last 20 years, Olcay has worked for international televisions and production companies. His experience includes documentaries, commercials, television series and feature films. He has written, produced, and directed 3 documentaries, 69 evangelical sitcom targeting Muslim audience, and over 100 episodes of evangelical themed docu-dramas, and comedy scripts for feature films. The script of his evangelical sitcom series gained praise from a Television Critic working for Islamic Newspapers in Turkey. He works as a consultant for pre-productions, productions, post editing, and script editing.  For the last 10 years he has edited documentary and feature film scripts for other directors and script writers.

As the first Christian director and producer in Turkey, Olcay has also been involved in confidential evangelical productions for the Middle East.  In 2000, one of the documentaries he worked on received the best television program of the year in Japan. His credits include productions in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Borneo, Denmark and USA.

In 2010, he was awarded Dean’s Award – full scholarship from Regent University, where he is finishing his  M.A. degree in producing.

Looking Forward

May 25
Shoot Your Novel
Susanne Lakin

Author and editor Susanne Lakin will be offering a free workshop entitled “Shoot Your Novel.” Here’s the workshop information:

“We live in an era where readers are used to the fast-paced, visual play-out of movies and TV stories. Days of long passages of narration and distanced description are gone. How can a writer utilize the techniques of screenwriting—specifically a variety of camera angles—to play out a story so the reader can “see” it and experience it as powerfully as a film? We’ll explore terms like Zoom, Match Cut, Close Up, Pan, Pull Back, Establishing Shot, and others with examples from successful novels to show how it’s done.”

Meeting date: May 25th
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Salem Church Library
2607 Salem Church Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

We have limited seating, so if you want to attend, please notify me in advance. I’m excited about this workshop, and I look forward to connecting with many of you there.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via Facebook message or send me an email at

June 23
NVCWF June meeting

Web Tutorial
Kirk Nelson

Hands on help with your website/blog.
Location: TBA

July 31 – August 3, 2013
Greater Philadelphia Christ Writers Conference


Mar 31 2013

The Week That Changed the World:Jesus is Alive


Up From the Grave He Arose
Robert Lowery, 1874

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior; Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord! 

Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior; He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!





Holy Day
Lynn Gipson

Dogwood trees in full bloom
Scents of glorious perfume
Flowers color a beautiful maze
What a glorious holiday

Fresh buds point towards the sky
April’s mist falls in my eye
Canvas sky streaked blue and gray
What a glorious holiday

Sweet surrender at the altar
Earnest voices do not falter

On knees before His Son we pray
What a glorious holiday

Pastor shouts “He is risen!”
All our sins have been forgiven
Hearts and souls may rest today
What a glorious holiday

Then sings my soul this mighty song
Of the one who was so strong
Died to wash me sins away
What a glorious holiday 

Jesus hear me now my savior
Keep me always in thy favor
You are alive and here to stay
What a glorious holiday

On my knees now Lord I ask
Make me reborn, my past is past
Let me come with you I pray
What a glorious holiday

I lift my eyes and tears do come
Though words do fail me, my soul sings strong
Your spirit is in me, You’ll not betray
What a glorious holiday

My love for You is never ending
My faith renewed, my heart is mended
Jesus, you died and I was saved
What a glorious Holy Day.


Mar 30 2013

The Week That Changed the World:Life Overcomes Death

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Robert Lowery, 1874


Musings on an Easter Perspective
Rhonda Hernandez

The iconic Easter image is that of an empty, cave-like tomb that once contained the crucified body of Jesus.

Normally, we don’t associate tombs with energy or activity. We associate death with stillness, expressing it in figures of speech like “quiet as a tomb,” “dead silent,” or “deadlocked.” Once a body goes into a tomb, it doesn’t walk out. Even if it could, passage is blocked because the opening is sealed shut.

But the Easter tomb is anything but normal. The great stone that sealed its opening is freakishly out of place. Jesus is AWOL and the scene is abuzz with human activity and angelic energy. “He is not here; he has risen.” (Mat. 28:6; Mrk. 16:6; Luk. 24:6) The resurrection message of Easter isn’t one of static stillness, but of dynamic movement.

When I consider the parting of the Red Sea, another iconic image, I see obvious movement. In both the great Exodus and Easter, the impossible is made possible. Both are about passage from death to life. Both are about incredible power and activity.

When I consider grace, again I see movement. I see that God’s grace is a dynamic force acting with mankind through the great corridor of time. With God, we pass through history like a baby through the birth canal, learning to live with Him in increasing goodness and love.

In Mat. 17:20, I see that Jesus reminds us that even the tiniest faith moves mountains and that nothing is impossible for us. In God, we live and move and have our being (Act. 17:28).

Easter’s hope is God’s message through the ages: The impossible is occurring right in our midst—not just for Jesus, but for everyone. The last immovable obstruction was rolled aside when he abolished Death to bring new life. Love for God, self, and one another is the transforming path we walk in the land of the living, not the dead, and in bold assurance, not fear of mistakes and guilt.

I see that at the moment of Jesus’ death, the curtain of the temple tore in two. The earth shook and rocks split. Tombs broke open and many people who had died were raised to life and came out of their tombs (Mat. 27:51-53).

Even Psalm 23 speaks of it. Although we walk through the valley of the shadow of Death, the same Jesus who rose now holds it back like thick, dark drapes; like massive walls of water. We need not fear that evil might seal our doom because with him, passage is safe, open, and full of possibility.

The Lord of life is the first-fruit. In following him, renewal of the mind and spiritual resurrection precedes the physical version. I didn’t see it before, but God’s plan makes sense in a long view of dynamic movement, even if it seems to me to happen at a glacier’s pace. Easter is the joyful proof that Love’s power always has, and continues to move among us.


Sunday’s a comin’


Mar 29 2013

The Week That Changed the World:The Good in Friday

Lois Bartlett


They knew what was coming.  But still,

When He died, in their distress, His followers didn’t know what to do with themselves.   

And then,

On the third day, it’s as if they forgot.

The women said the tomb was Empty.
Whatever had the guards done with the body.
Again, the women were saying they’d seen Him, Jesus was alive.

No way.

A stranger walking along the road with them .
Their hearts burning within at His words but they couldn’t explain why.
It wasn’t until dinner that evening, when He blessed the loaf of bread and broke it for each of them.

Jesus – Jesus!  You’re alive

Jesus, Hallelujah!

Jesus – surely we listened – we heard Your voice, we heard what you said –

We didn’t understand,
We didn’t know …

My Lord,

My Savior,



Remembering Good Friday
Isaiah 53

How Deep the Father’s love for us.
Stuart Towend


The Good in Friday

CrossHow does one prepare for the death of a friend? Especially, when that death is a brutal murder. Such a death – any death, actually – is something we want to get over, but the death of Jesus Christ is something to be remembered.

On Good Friday, we remember. Good? Salvation, forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation – good for us who believe, but for him? Not good, was it?

However, it seems, God does what he does best and bring good out of evil. 

 Christ’s sacrifice: Plan A.
He is the lamb, slain from the creation of the world. Rev. 13:8

A Pleasing Plan.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; … when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, … and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied … Isa. 53:10 & 11

The Plan worth the Price.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2