5 Reasons to Join a Writing Community

Writing Community

5 Reasons to Join a Writing Community Are you a member of a writing community? I’m not talking about attending a writers’ conference. Are you part of a writing critique group or other professional organization that meets at least once a month? If you are, then you already know the benefits. If you’re not, then…

A Take on Making Short Videos- Part III by Guest Blogger, Hadassah Murdock

In the post before this, I discussed my method for writing a script for a short video. In this post, I aim to shine some light on the next step in my short movie making process: filming!   WHY A VIDEO? A picture may be worth a thousand words… but a video is worth a thousand pictures.…

Your Author Brand, Part 1: Nailing Your Focus

I overthink everything. But I knew that Cindy Lynn Sawyer, Wannabe Author of Several Genres, just would not be an appropriate branding title or tagline. As a journalist-turned-marketer-turned-aspiring author, I am diverse in my writing skills. But how do I harness this tangled web of ideas and genres and messaging to create a beautiful, focused…

The World is on Fire: Book Review by Kathryn Dover

In my last post, I talked about one of the assigned essay collections for my creative nonfiction course: The World is on Fire by Joni Tevis. Although the book did not appeal to me at first, within the first pages, I was captivated by Tevis’ unique writing style: Standing inside, I was at the center…

Grants Can Open Gates by Guest Blogger Liz Steffenson

Have you ever dreamed of attending a writer’s retreat?  Mingling with other creatives and soaking in all kinds of writerly wisdom from seasoned professionals?   image from: https://thewritelife.com/writing-retreats/ Or, can you imagine having a veteran author mentor you, giving you one on one advice on how to improve YOUR writing? Fortunately, there are organizations who have set…

Designing a Canva Image

The Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio

Have you been intrigued with Canva but found it intimidating? Well, now is your chance to explore it. All you need is a free Canva account and a bit of patience and time. You will find it fun and inspiring - I guarantee it! Take a listen to my tutorial below and see what you…

Creative Nonfiction by Kathryn Dover

“She said you could graduate!” My mother’s news shocked me. I could graduate high school a year early? I don’t even remember saying “yes.” God was directing my path in a different direction than I anticipated, and I could not get in His way. I never envisioned myself at Presbyterian College, and I certainly never…

Marketing Doesn’t Have to be a Hard Sell

Marketing

  Marketing Doesn’t Have to be a Hard Sell I’m sure I’m not the only person to see subject lines like these in my email inbox: Check this out!Sale!New discounts!New Prices!Get it now!Order now! I didn’t ask for them. I don’t want them. Still, they show up, dozens and dozens each day. Annoying at best,…

EQUAL by Joyce Moyer Hostetter: A BOOK REVIEW by Carol Baldwin

Last September, Joyce Hostetter was our first Master Class Teacher on writing Middle Grade books. It is my privilege to share her next book (unfortunately, the last in the Bakers Mountain Stories series), EQUAL with you. PROLOGUE When I went to the river that day in 1959 I didn't expect to meet a colored boy…