November Meeting 11/19/2018

In the Company of Writers
an evening dedicated to craft

  • Peer Critique 

    Questions about some aspect of your WIP (work in progress)?

    Take advantage of another set of eyes from your writing colleagues through peer critique. Submit up to 1000 words of your problematic section to

  • Writing prompts

    Practice specific types of writing.

  • Writing Hacks

    Share your favorite writing hacks. Tips to stay focused, overcome writer’s block, getting inspiration, helpful writing and editing resources, etc.

  • Book Faire

    Sell your craft at our November meeting.

    Bring your books for sale. Be prepared to give us 3 minutes about your writing. Register to bring you books for sale by contacting

October Meeting

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Welcome  Fall

October 15 Meeting

7:00 – 7:30 pm Meet & Greet
7:30 – 9:00 pm Presentation
Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship meets at
Potomac Ministry Center
Gainesville, VA

Use of Metaphor and Simile in Writing

Katy Pistole
Award winning author of seven books
Executive Director of Beautiful Broken Ministries

Katy will present the use metaphor or simile to make our writing pop.

Katy says:

Why do we write? Why do YOU write?

I am convinced that I write because I must. Not in an obligatory way. In a “I can’t not write” way.

Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, we use many literary devices in our writer’s tool box to help us communicate the story. Of our many writer’s tools, metaphor or simile can add remarkable color to our writing. The purpose of a metaphor or simile, or any other literary device is to help the reader see, experience and participate in the story.

As believers in the Ultimate Creative Writer – Jesus, I’m convinced that creating story using words, is a sacred opportunity to draw others into His Story. This perspective causes me to see that everything is a metaphor. From the mighty mountains to mitochondria, everything is about Jesus.

Katy Pistole is an award winning author of seven books, including the brand new release, Jubilee, The Love Story. All her books reflect her love for horses. In Jubilee she shares her contemporary Shepherd/sheep metaphor. Katy’s unique perspective on brokenness has helped her lead thousands of God’s children into a deeper understanding of the Abundant Life and the heart of The Shepherd. Katy is also a Bible teacher, speaker, and the Executive Director of Beautiful Brokenness Ministries, a horse-themed discipleship and teaching ministry located in Central Virginia. You can find Katy at


Looking Ahead

Mon. 11/19/2018
November meeting
Topic: TBA
Sat.   12/8/2018
Road Trip
Christmas in the Country
Details: TBA

Special Deal when you Bring a Friend to the Marketing for Writers Conference!

For three days only, September 1-3, you and a friend can sign up together and get the early bird price.

There are two reasons you might want to bring a friend and we have two offers to help you get them to the conference.

Offer #1: Great for those with a friend who might need a little financial help.

You pay the current rate and let your friend attend for the difference in price between two early bird tickets. This means that if you are willing to sign up at the current rate, your friend can sign up for $45 if you are a member and $70 if you are a nonmember. This allows you to give a little financial boost to a friend in need.

Offer #2: Great for those who want to start their writing journey with built-in support from a friend

You split the cost evenly and both pay the same: $60 each for a member and friend, $85 each for a nonmember and friend.

Here’s how it works:

You both fill out the registration form, then click on the Bring A Friend Box and add your friend’s name. When we see the match, we will send you both to a special payment page. You choose the option based on how you agreed to split up the cost. Both parties must submit payment by September 3 to qualify for the discount.

For people already registered for the conference:

We realize you may have already registered and now you want to bring a friend. No worries! Send us an email and we will give you the details on price based on when you registered. We don’t want to leave anyone out who really wants to attend.

Have questions? Please email us.
Mark the date: September 8 in Fairfax, Va

Want some expert 1 on 1 help with your writing project?


Attendees of the 2018 Marketing for Writers Conference have the opportunity to sign up for a consultation with one of six professionals in the writing business, both fiction and nonfiction. You can consult on the following topics:

  • Website help or Organizing your nonfiction book

  • Advance marketing consulting

  • Writing critiques (fiction and nonfiction)

  • Proposals, queries and pitches consulting

  • Indie publishing consulting

  • Beginner marketing/social media questions

Must be registered for the conference to take advantage of the great price for your 30-minute consultation. Consultations are $35 each in addition to conference registration.

Go to Marketing for Writers Conference to register and get the help you need.


Vendors for Writers Conference

Looking for Vendors for Marketing for Writers Conference

Marketing for Writers Conference
September 8, 2018
Fairfax, VA

Get your writing and publishing products and services in front of the conferees at the 2018 Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship / Capital Christian Writers conference: Marketing for Writers.

  • Be a part of our Conference vendor brochure where, for a modest cost, you can promote your writing and publishing products and services. (details: click here).

  • Also available for promoting your products and services is sponsorship of a coffee break or lunch.

Complete information about promotional options:  (click here)

If you have any questions, contact Stephen Hiemstra,

Enter to Win Books or a Free Consult at the Conference

Winner: Margi W.

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Help Promote Our Conference for a Chance to Win Marketing Books OR a Free Professional Consultation!

We think everyone needs to know about our Marketing for Writers conference (September 8 in Fairfax, Va.)...but we can't spread the word all by ourselves. Give us a hand and we'll reward two of you. Winners will choose between:

Prize 1: A selection of books for writers hand-picked by our speakers

 - The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

 - Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer's Guide to Marketing and Publicity by Rob Eagar

 - Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

 - The Copywriter's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells by Robert W. Bly


Prize 2: A free consultation with one of our professionals after the conference

- Website help or organizing your nonfiction book (Stephanie Buckwalter)

- Advance marketing consulting (Michele Chynoweth)

- Writing critiques (fiction and nonfiction) (Lisa Crayton)

- Proposals, queries and pitches consulting (Sarah Hamaker)

- Indie publishing consulting (Stephen Hiemstra

- Beginner marketing/social media questions  (Donna Smith)

Contest Rules (or the nitty-gritty about how this works)

- Two winners will be randomly chosen.

- Each winner can choose either the book package or the free consultation.

- Prizes must be claimed in person on the day of the conference (Fairfax, VA). You do not need to register for the conference to win.

More Ways to Win (because we know you want more chances to win those fabulous prizes!)

Earn more chances to win. Once you enter the contest, look for your personal link to invite friends. For each person who enters the contest using your link, you will get one additional entry to win!


Winners are chosen automatically at the end of the contest using If a winner is unable to claim their prize on the day of the contest, a new winner will be chosen.

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