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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Cancelation of July 28th W.I.S.E. Coffee

WFTJ-ers, I hate to do this to you, but I have been struggling with an illness for a whie and I am too sick to run tomorrow’s meeting. However, for future meetings, there is good news. I have started treatment and I will be doing well by the time our August Hiatus is over and our next Write Out rolls around on September  8th.

Our next instructional meeting is the last Tuesday of September, September 8th in the a.m.

See you in Setember!

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Cancellation of June 30th W.I.S.E Coffee

WFTJ-ers, I hate to do this to you, but I am too sick to run the meeting tomorrow, so I am canceling. I am truly sorry. If you want to go ahead and meet just to see each other, I encourage it.

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Come to our Next Day Meeting, June 30, 9:30 a.m.

Bring a friend!

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
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Oh my cow! We have so much fun sharing our writing lives and all we’re learning about the writing craft!

As usual, during this Day Meeting, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks inside the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are inspirational and informative.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food and beverage, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.

AND we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

Come and join us for powerful information and support from your fellow writers!

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Come to Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee, May 26, 9:30 a.m.

9:30 — 11:30 a.m.
Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
SEE MAP

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our meetings are inspirational and informative!

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.  As usual, we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

As always, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

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Come to Our Next W.I.S.E. Coffee Meeting, May 12, 2015, 7 p.m.

Bring a friend!

Night Meetings, Second Tuesday of the Month.
7-9 p.m.
Starbucks, Yosemite and Maximus, Lone Tree
9222 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO
(303) 799-8061
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Oh my cow! We have so much fun sharing our writing lives and all we’re learning about the writing craft!

As usual, during this Night Meeting, Denise will share articles on either promotion or writing craft.

Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are FREE. For this meeting, show up a few minutes before 7 p.m. at the Starbucks on the corner of Maximus and Yosemite by Park Meadows Mall. You’ll need a few minutes to get your snacks and drinks.

Attendees always walk away with notes and excitement about their writing life! Our W.I.S.E. Coffees are inspirational and informative.

Words for the Journey is unique because our group emphasizes discussion and support. After you’ve grabbed your food and beverage, sit down and join us for spunky conversations about the writing craft, life, and world.

AND we will all be sharing our recent writing experiences and learning from each other.

Come and join us for powerful information and support from your fellow writers!

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How to Write a Viral Blog Post–Amazing Info Revealed at Our April 14th, 2015, W.I.S.E. Coffee Meeting

We had a blast at our last meeting! I’d had this blog post “Lessons From Blog Posts That Went Viral” in my back pocket for a while. At our April 14th meeting, I pulled it out of said pocket and presented it to the group. Much discussion ensued and it was a vibrant learning experience!

Here are the director’s takeaways from the Went Viral post:

Create a surprising angle on a subject and do the same for the title.
One way to do this is to use the negative version of your topic in the title and body of your post. So, let’s say your message is. “Ten Things to Remember When Working with a Real Estate Agent.” Instead say, “Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a Real-Estate Agent.” (TY Jan Parrish).If you want to try this technique, just reverse everything. For instance, if I’d written this blog a “reversed” post, I would have titled it “How NOT to Write a Viral Blog Post.” Then, I’d have taken each point and reversed it. Next, I would have added the word Stop, or Never, or DO NOT at the beginning of each main point.

Tell personal stories. People love stories and anecdotes. Emotional stories about things you’ve experienced that illustrate your point are gold.

Tie your topic to current news. This seems hard at first, but after you practice, it really isn’t. Not all stories will lend themselves to this, but try it with all of them if you can. For instance, when Jan was working for an online paper, she tied her topic (something spiritual) to current breaking news about Tim Tebow. When she did this, she got thousands of hits in a very short time..

Advertisements do this all the time Let’s say there’s anticipation for a boxing match. It’s all over the news. An advertiser might say, “It’s Muhammad Ali versus Mighty Mouse and no one knows who’ll win, but here at Mattress King, our competition is knocked out by our prices!

And the anniversary of big news works almost as well as current news. I recently promoted an old post because it reviews a novel set on the Titanic. It was the anniversary of the sinking, and when I posted the link to social media, I was unprepared for the overwhelming response. My hits for two days went up 400%!!

To do this, I look up “Google trends.” You’ll find all the top things people are searching for and related news links. People search for these items because they are HOT. Use that to your advantage!

Use various visual tricks to add interest—subheadings, bullet points and/or numbers (lists), bold type, italics,and spacing create visual interest and break up blocks of type. These devices help people remain interested and finish your post.

Create uplifting and beneficial content. Downer blog posts don’t go viral unless they shock people into positive action. Positive posts— posts with uplifting content—are more likely to go viral than depressing ones.

Read the original blog post Lessons From Blog Posts That Went Viral, by Jessica Davis.

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Fantastic Writing Opportunity–Dana Bell’s Extinct Possibilities Anthology

Deadline, 5/31/15

Imagine a world where dinosaurs, ancient mammals or other creatures, like the dodo bird, including lost branches of man, never went extinct. How would it have changed our world? What would their place or ours be? What if…? In these alternate history stories, these questions or others should be asked and answered.

Research will need to be on these stories, both historical and archeological. Come up with story themes or ideas that haven’t been done.

What is not acceptable! Time travel or portals. No genetic manipulation or radiation mutation. No traditional monster stories. No first or last of its kind. No evolution to intelligence. No hibernation, it was frozen in ice, found in a secret installation preserved, etc. If it’s something you’ve seen on Syfy, it’s NOT appropriate for this anthology.

PG13 rating. No sex. No erotica. No graphic violence. Cussing to be limited to hell and damn. If you’re overly fond of the F word, your story will be rejected. Not opposed to faith based stories, just as long as it’s important to the character or story line. If they’re preaching on any belief system, the piece will be rejected.

Stories can be told in any time period, from the ancient past to the distant future even other planets. Looking for variety here so think beyond or before present day.

You don’t have to be published in order to have your story considered for this anthology. Editor averages two to four first sales for every anthology edited. Feel free to read Time Traveling Coffers, Different Dragons, and Different Dragons II for a sampling of authors and styles.

Editor’s job is to make your story shine. Critiques and suggestions to improve are given for all accepted stories and why the story is rejected for all others.

All genres accepted. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Mystery, Romance, Horror, et al. Flash fiction is acceptable. Stories length up to 6000 words. Longer stories by approval only and will be granted exclusively to authors editor has worked with before.

Stories must be formatted in New Times or Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced with indents for paragraphs. Numbers must be written out unless they are an exception to the rule, for instance gun types. No semi-colons or colons. This is an
editorial preference. Dashes only for emphasis and used sparingly. Pet word ‘that’ or anything crutch word used in excess. Ex. but, in a moment, for a moment, suddenly, etc.

Accepting rft and doc attachments ONLY. Docx will be returned to reformat. Anything else will be rejected.

On the first page, please include: Name, address, phone number, email address, organizations you belong to and approx. word count. This is very important! Editor has had to contact writers and without this full info, your story could be dropped if you can’t be reached.

In the cover email, please, include a one line synopsis of the story and less than 50 words about yourself. Authors who have been accepted in previous anthologies, need only include synopsis.

Submissions open 01/01/2015 and end 05/31/2015. Stories received before January open or after end date will be rejected, UNLESS, permission is granted by the editor.

Submit to: dragonlots@yahoo.com. In subject line: Extinct possibilities – story name –your name.

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