Who We Are

We are a group of Christian writers who meet semimonthly for W.I.SE. Coffees in Colorado. At the each gathering (a casual coffee at a local Starbucks), we share knowledge, inspiration, fun, and encouragement. We also share rejections and acceptances, and applaud each others’ risk taking and triumphs. We  encourage writers from all over the United States to join us for our informational webinars as soon as they begin. Nonfiction and fiction writers are both welcome.

Our Mission Statement is: Our deepest desire and heartfelt prayer is that every word we pen will inspire others to seek and find His path–His Way.

Please visit our About Page and our Event Page for details of meeting times and locations.

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How Do You Define “Member” of Words for the Journey?

Since we restructured Words for the Journey, there are questions about how I as director now define membership.

Originally, a member was someone who paid yearly dues. Starting in January 2014, dues are dead. We meet at Starbucks and everything is free (except the coffee.) Right now, during this transitional time, you pay for nothing.

So…what is a member? Well, the answer is people who attend!

As director, I like this better because the other way, too many paid their money and then we never saw them! To have a cohesive group, people have to come and participate, and in so doing, both the group and the member benefit.

Before you start thinking what a demanding little director I am, let me tell you how many times a year you must attend before we consider you a “member” of WFTJ. And here it is, drum roll please, the criteria for being considered a member of WFTJ:

In order to be considered a member of WFTJ, you must attend ONCE EVERY SIX MONTHS.

Yep, that’s it. Just once every six months!

And if you attend once every six months, I can put your event on this website (things like book signings and speaking engagements, anything writing or platform related), I will post your blog link and name, you will get a member directory, and you can post your blog article links on our Facebook “Words for the Journey SHARE” Group Page.

When the webinars start, those of you who are not local can attend, and participating (just showing up) in a live webinar will get you marked as “attended.”

The webinars, however, aren’t free, so if you’re far away from us, you’ll have to pay for attendance. But those of you who are local will have the option to attend free or pay or a combo of those two. Yay!

Okay, now that I’ve explained it, any questions?

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Member Accomplishments June 2014

Here are several members who’ve recently moved ahead in their writing journey:

Member Kim Stewart started a new blog called Wholly Words. Go check it out!

Carrie O’Toole, life coach extraordinaire, published a book this month called Relinquished: When Love Means Letting Go. It has an average of 4.5 stars!

Big names are endorsing Bonnie Doran’s recent release Dark Biology.

If I’ve forgotten anybody, email me at “Ernie,” WFTJourney@gmail.com. I’ll put you in our next Member Accomplishment post!*

*(A “member” is anyone who has attended in the last six months.)

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Announcing The 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest


The annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest, which seeks great new voices in popular fiction, will open to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Amazon Publishing is pleased to announce that one Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000. In addition, four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract from Amazon Publishing with an advance of $15,000.

The ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published novels. Authors can submit their work in one of the following categories: general fiction; mystery/thriller; romance; science fiction/fantasy/horror; and young adult fiction. For complete eligibility details, review the Official Contest Rules. Visit the prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

CreateSpace will host the submission platform for the contest. Visit CreateSpace to learn more about ABNA and create a free account (if you haven’t already) for entry in the contest. You can also find key contest dates and connect in the ABNA community with other authors.

Prepare your entry today! The 2014 ABNA Contest submission period begins Sunday, February 16th.

Kind regards,
The CreateSpace Team

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Member Accomplishment, December 2013

Member Krystal Marusin launched a blog! It is entitled Krystal Marusin: HisStory Transforms Lives.  Go check it out!

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We’re Revving Up for January 14th!

Oh my cow! It’s been a long hiatus, but the new Words for the Journey starts on January 14th, 2014 (a night meeting).

Our new format consists of two W.I.S.E Coffees a month, an evening coffee and a morning coffee. Webinars will be scheduled throughout the year. The exact schedule of the coffees is found here, on our Event Page.

The W.I.S.E Coffee meetings are at local Starbucks coffee houses. The night coffee is meeting at the Starbucks on Yosemite and Maximus (see address here.) The day coffee is meeting at the Starbucks inside the Barnes and Noble on Yosemite and County Line (see exact address here.)

Webinars will be presented throughout the year, but the final schedule for those is not finalized.

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The Webinars

At this point in time, I plan to only do 4 webinars in 2014. Although the coffees are free, the Webinars will cost anywhere from 10-15 dollars. I haven’t decided.

I also intend to occasionally throw in a bonus free Appetizer Webinar.

Right now, I am still researching companies that host distance learning (webinars). Chris is partial to anymeeting.com, which is attractive because they have a free option which allows for as many as 200 to log on.

Once I’ve picked the company we’ll be using and understand the procedure, I’ll teach y’all the steps. I know that there’s a mix of those who’ve attended webinars and those, like me, who are clueless, but I promise I’ll try to make it as easy as possible for you.

In 2015, I’m hoping to have a webinar every other month. My biggest criteria in choosing how often we do the webinars is how much time and energy it is to promote them.

Things That Will Stay…

So, we will still have brick-and-mortar events. This coming year, I still intend for us to go to the Broadmoor, have a holiday party, the Blog Recital will remain, and in May, I still want Tim Shoemaker to come speak to us and have lunch with us.

Things that Will Leave…

Dues… paying for the webinars will replace dues

Meeting at Southeast or ORCC unless there is a special occasion

The Fall Kickoff Event

Devotions at each meeting unless it is a special occasion. There will still be a devo in the newsletter, however, which from time to time will be read at our coffees.

Weekly meetings

Meetup–so sorry to our new Meetup members, but sometime in December I am cancelling our account. Only a few Meetup members are regular attendees, and the $144 it costs us yearly is not justified. I will email all of our Meetup members, inform them of the change, and sign as many up as I can to the newsletter.

Things That Will Change…

The Newsletter/Devo will be once monthly. The Newletter (the one that just looks like a letter) will be 1-2 times a month, depending on the month.

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I will hold the coffees on the 2nd and last Tuesdays of the month. And, because I will be an attendee of Mile High Scribes, and many of you will be as well, I am making the 2nd Tuesday of the month a night coffee, and the last Tuesday of the month coffee a DAY coffee.

W.I.S.E. Coffees

One thing I didn’t want was for the Coffees to be about chatting—I wanted them to be writing focused and have a real purpose that justified the effort to come.

So, I and my partner in crime, Mark, sat at breakfast and devised an acronym that embodied my philosophy for the Coffees.

W—stands for Wisdom. The concept is that we teach each other. So, at each meeting some of us will bring something educational to share with the group…craft books, articles on writing or promoting, or something we learned from personal experience. You won’t have to plan–just talk with your friends informally about what you’ve learned.

I—stands for Inspiration. These coffees will be Christ centered. We’ll begin with prayer, and during the meeting we’ll share spiritual insight to stay on track for God’s Calling. Occassionally, I will read the devo from the newsletter.

SSocializing. We all need friends who will have fun with us, so I intend to laugh at these coffees and I hope y’all laugh with me. Keeping our community is important. We are not alone.

E—All of us get discouraged in our Calling, so we all need to be there to encourage each other. Even the most experienced writers need Encouragement at one time or another.

The Night Coffees will be on the SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH from 7-9 p.m., which is our normal time of day for a night meeting. The Day Coffees will be on the LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., which is our normal time of day for a day meeting.

I plan for us to meet at a Starbucks around Park Meadows Mall (see our About Page for locations, addresses, and maps).

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