Apr 12 2015

April 20 – Two Heads Are Better


Monday, April 20|
Potomac Ministry Center
Gainesville, VA

 Two Heads Are Better – Peer Critique:
a meeting  dedicated to getting and giving feedback on current Work In Progress, or any writing  you would like input on. 

Even if I think I am truly “done,” “this just couldn’t BE any better,” I am amazed to discover  it can be improved by someone else looking at it with fresh eyes. Perhaps what I’m thinking is so clear and vivid in my mind’s eye, I read into my written page even when it isn’t there. Other times it is just little things that make a big difference, like punctuation, word choice, or syntax. – Linda McWilliams

Please submit your Work in Progress for Peer Critique to  novachristianwriters@gmail.com by 4/17/2015. 

Guide Lines for Submissions

  • MSWord compatible format
  • 2 chapters (up to 3000 words) or articles, poetry, devotionals, i.e. shorter pieces
  • Copies of submissions will be distributed to all who submit prior to meeting.
  • Copies made available to meeting participants.

Peer Critique Information

You don’t have submit to participate in Peer Critique. Please come to help the rest of us with your feedback.


Coming Up:

May 18, 2015
NVCWF Meeting
Get It Write – Mechanics of Writing
Dr. Kaycee Emilienburg
Associate Adjunct Professor, English, retired

June 15, 2015
NVCWF Meeting
Sarah Hamaker
Published author

July 29-August 1, 2015
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference


Mar 8 2015

March 16 – Writing Humor

Writing Humor

Susan McCorkindale

Monday, March 16
Potomac Ministry Center
Gainesville, VA

Susan McCorkindaleBorn in the Garden State, Susan loves Bruce Springsteen, the New York Giants, and the Jersey shore. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Susan spent time in acting and marketing. She has held top spots at Family Circle and Popular Science magazines, and today writes advertising copy, music, and the occasional column for The Huffington Post .
Susan is also the author of two memoirs. The first, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is the laugh out loud true tale of her move from the suburbs to the sticks. The second, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is her charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up.


The mother of two sons and new wife of a very successful Virginia winemaker, Susan spends her free time hosing down the dog, playing the piano (and wishing she had hands the size of Bruce Hornsby), and planning elaborate dinner parties.


whispersNVCWF took delivery of Whispers in February. Compiling final order at special price. Order by March 20, 2015.


Coming Up:

April 20, 2015
NVCWF Meeting
Peer Critique

April 11, 2015
Lancaster Christian Writers Super Saturday
8:30am – 4:30pm
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster, PA 17601

July 29-August 1, 2015
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference


Feb 16 2015

Snow Postpones 2/16 NVCWF Meeting



Sunday, February 22,

4:00 – 6:00pm


Same place, same program

Feb 13 2015


February meeting happenings:

  • Pesky Point of View

A Skills Review: Tackling one of the great challenges of narrative writing by Presenter Tim Shoemaker

Presented at Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, 2011



  •  Book Release Party – Whispers has been released. whispers

Potomac Ministry Center
Gainesville, VA




January and February are membership months. We welcome new and renewing members. Membership information available at NVCWF meetings or online membership/renewal. Click on Join NVCWF 


Coming Up:

March 16
Writing Humor
Susan McCorkindaleSusan McCorkindale


Jan 9 2015

Kick Start Your Writing for 2015

January Meeting

Kick Starters: Writing 2015jumpstart

Meeting at:
Potomac Ministry Center
Gainesville, VA

Review Whispers, NVCWF Compilation, publication 02/2015. Get in on the book launch sale.

Writing Resources Report
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Pen on Fire






January and February are membership months. Now is the time to renew your membership. Membership information available at the January meeting.
Online membership/renewal.
Click on Join NVCWF 

Coming Opportunities

February 16
Skills Review: Pesky Point of View
ShoemakerZOR_2123_r-e1411519902457-231x300Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Presentation by Tim Shoemaker




March 16
Writing Humor
Susan McCorkindaleSusan McCorkindale


Nov 20 2014

Christmas Fellowship

 Sunday, December 14

 4:00 – 6:00pm


Celebrate the Savior’s birth with fellow writers.


  •  Caroling

  • Your favorite Christmas story

  • Your best Christmas treats

Meeting at:
Potomac Ministry Center

Coming up

January 19, 2015 /  Kick Starters – 2015 writing goals

February 16, 2015 /  Skills Presentation


Contact Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship: novachristianwriters@gmail.com

Nov 1 2014


Monday, November 17, 2014

7:00 – 9:00pm


Whispers: Reading for a Quiet Evening

Reading for a Quiet Evening

Come share your writing, including readings of submissions for 2014 NVCWF compilation, Whispers – Reading for a quiet evening. Bring your submission to be shared with the group. Readings need to be kept to 5 minutes.

Reading your submission is your choice; not required to be published. Also you may choose to read, but not submit for publication. We would love to share your writing.

Submissions for Whispers: Short narrative, devotionals, articles, poetry, photography, sayings, quotes. Submissions due 11/17/2014.  Submit to novachristianwriters@gmail.com  or johnese.burtram@gmail.com

 Publication space is limited. Please keep your submission to no more than 2000 words. We want to include as many submissions as possible and are limited in our ability to publish beyond a certain number of pages.

Looking Ahead



Sunday, December 14
4:00 – 5:30pm
Christmas Fellowship

Potomac Ministry Center






Monday, January 19, 2015
7:00 – 9:00pm
Kick Starters – Writing Goals for the New Year
Meeting at Potomac Ministry Center


Director: Johnese Burtram

Sep 29 2014

NVCWF – Fall Season

Monday, October 13, 2014

Writing for Newspaper


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 Linda J. White served as the assistant editorial page editor of The Free Lance-Star, a daily newspaper in Fredericksburg, VA, until she retired in 2014. A nation-award winning journalist, she continues to write a monthly column for the paper.

She will share her newspaper experience as well as tips on Letters to the Editor – how to be heard.

In addition to newspaper journalism, Lina also writes FBI thrillers which she calls “White-knuckle fiction with a twist of faith.”

 Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship

Meets at
Potomac Ministry Center
14525 James Madison Hwy
Gainesville, VA  20156

Author Bio: Linda has three traditionally published novels, including the HOLT Medallion winning “Seeds of Evidence” from Abingdon Press. She lives with her husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Mother of three grown children, Linda is also a speaker. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with Keira, her Sheltie, reading a book, or dreaming of the beach.
Website: lindajwhite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaJWhiteBooks?ref=hl
Twitter: @rytn4hm

Looking Ahead

November 17

NVCWF is collecting prose, poetry, devotionals for publication, Stories for a Quiet Evening.
Bring your submission to share with the group.


Director: Johnese Burtram

Linda McWilliams


Sep 21 2014

Mini Writers Conference Inaugurates Fall Season


On September 6, Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship inaugurated the Fall 2014 with a Mini Writers Conference.


Conference Comments:

Thank you so much …  God bless the outcome.

I loved it. It was so educational and fun, and I am so glad I could participate.
(Student comment)

 Outstanding program; John is just great as an educator and inspiration for writers!

 Master Plot Outline (MPO) is a valuable story tool. Enjoyed the students so much.

The productive day included the use of John Jenkin’s Master Plot Outline as we examined short stories by Jack London, O. Henry, Tolstoy, and Jenkins to identify 15 plot short story plot points. Also included were the 32 plot points for novels and identifying types of dialogue.

Looking forward to the fruit of this conference as we collect stories, devotions, and poetry for the 2014 compilation of  NVCWF writing which will be gather later this fall. (Details to come.)

We welcomeed five students to the conference. What a delight it was to have their participation.

Coming up:

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Writing for Newspaper
Published writer Linda White

Sep 1 2014

Mini Conference Presents Dialogue Session

NVCWF Fall Mini Conference

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

John Jenkins Presenter

John Jenkins

In our stories, long or short, dialog should always be purposeful. Learn four basic guidelines utilized by professional storytellers to ensure your dialog will satisfy not only the editors who decide if a story will be published, but your readers as well. Just as the purposeful blending of four basic colors results in lifelike images of every shade and variation, applying four dialog guidelines result in lifelike interactions between characters. This workshop will give you an opportunity to both learn and practice this critical storytelling skill.

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