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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Our Next Meeting is a Day Meeting, October 28th, 9:30 a.m.

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 inside Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Lone Tree, Colorado. 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.

This week, Denise plans to share an article on promotion and an article on craft.

Anyone who desires may also bring informational writing-related material to share with the group.

Here’s our meeting place for this week’s Day Meeting:

Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
8374 S Willow St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(303) 706-9660
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SEE YOU THERE!

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Submission Opportunity for Devotion Writers

GOD’S PROMISES FOR PROVISION

Government scandals, a weak economy, the Middle East in upheaval, floods, wildfires, earthquakes happening everywhere. If we look at the problems of today, it is all too easy to become fearful and worried. But we can have peace in all these things because the Bible is filled with God’s promises of provision for us.

We are looking for first-person, true stories of times in your life when God has proved faithful to his promise to provide – whether it be to clothe, feed, heal, protect, guide, give us wisdom, or any other of the numerous promises of provision.

God’s Promises for Provision is a compilation project contracted with CrossRiver Media and has a tentative release date in early 2016.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2014
• Devotions must include a verse along with the true story, practical application commentary, and suggested prayer topic.
• Please include a brief bio and professional photo to be included with the devotional.
Word count should be between 750 and 1000 words.
• Topics include but are not limited to God’s promises for salvation, forgiveness, healing, protection, guidance, our daily needs, and to always be with us.
• You may submit original or reprinted work; however if it is a reprint, please tell us where and when it was published and assure us you own the reprint rights.
• We will edit selected stories for clarity, consistency and style. We will not change factual information. If you are unwilling to allow edits, please do not submit.
• If your story is selected, we will notify you by email by February or March 2015.
• Contributors will receive a contributor credit along with one free copy of God’s Promises for Provision (working title). Author will also be able to order additional copies at a significantly discounted rate.
• Please send submission to deb@crossrivermedia.com.

Thanks to Merrie Hansen and Jan Parrish for submitting this information.

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Broadmoor Restaurants–Ooh La La!

Okay everybody, here we go!

On July 29th, 2014, we will meet in the hotel lobby and patio of the Broadmoor Hotel at approximately 9:30 a.m. Bring your laptops or a notebook because this is a Write Out!

Around noon/12:30 pm., we will break for lunch. Traditionally, we have all gone to the Golden Bee together. This year, we are trying something new. I am giving you the link below so you can scout out where you want to go. You guys can coordinate with each other and make your plans now or on Tuesday.

Some of these restaurants are a bit pricey, but the website gives the price range so you can make your decision from there. The Golden Bee has always been moderately priced and I noticed that a couple others have a low bottom price if you choose.

The List is here on the Broadmoor site.

Here’s a map of where the restaurants and eateries are located (note, there are more than are on the above list).

I plan to eat at La Taverne which specializes in steak. That’s not why I’m going there though–I’m lazy and it’s right there in the lobby. :D Anyone is welcome to come with me. The food looks delicious!

If this is your first time with us and you show up not knowing what we look like, just roam around the lobby or patio yelling “WORDS FOR THE JOURNEY” at the top of your lungs. We’ll think you are crazy and know immediately you are part of our WFTJ family.

In addition to these restaurants, I’ve been told the bar in the lobby/patio area serves lunch and some say they bring it to your patio table. Hmmm… AND, some remember eating at a little sandwich deli that is right over the bridge.

So peruse the list and map, plan with your peeps now or when we all get there. Remember, you all are welcome to go with me at La Taverne. This is going to be a blast!

 

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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

Greetings,

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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