Sarah Hamaker has two traditionally published nonfiction books (Hired@Home and Ending Sibling Rivalry), plus her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her first romantic suspense novel, Dangerous Christmas Memories, comes out in November 2019. She also won the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for romantic suspense. Sarah is a member of ACFW and the ACFW Virginia Chapter, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four children, and three cats. Connect with her at sarahhamakerfiction.com.
The Genesis of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship
A year ago, a group of local writers decided to launch a new nonprofit group dedicated to equipping and encouraging writers in the greater Washington, D.C., area. That sounds a lot more daunting that it was, because, in reality, it was a merger of two local writers groups: Capital Christian Writers and Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship.
The new group, Capital Christian Writers Fellowship(CCWF) has a simple mission: To encourage one another in our writing endeavors and to educate writers, both fiction and nonfiction, on the craft and business of writing.
We hold quarterly meetings in Centreville, Virginia, on Saturday mornings with a time of education plus an hour for fellowship and networking. In months without a local meeting, we offer a weeknight webinar to provide learning opportunities from experienced professionals. We also will produce a writers conference about every 18 months in January and September. The next conference,Preparing for Publication, will be in January 25, 2020, in Annandale, Virigina.
CCWF is a nonprofit organization run by a board of directors, which are members of good standing. The board consists of the four officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) plus the chairs of the marketing, technology and prayer committees.
So far, the response from our local community has been wonderful.
The entire group seems energized and excited about supporting one another in our callings as writers. I believe there are three things that make our group unique:
- Our members write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prayers, articles, journals, family histories, memoirs, and much more.
- Our members are Christians who write both for Christian and secular audiences.
- We pray regularly for one another and our writing.
Our members want to grow in their writing and faith, as the two are intertwined together. Together, we strive to bring the light of the Word into the world around us through our writing.
Why Join a Writers Group?
Writing can be a very solitary profession. While we can write sitting next to other writers, collaborating on the actual writing part can be extremely difficult—mostly because of the very personal nature of writing.
Writers groups provide writers with a community of people who get things like staring at a blank page and having nothing to say, and feeling like a failure when your work receives a rejection letter or bad review. Writers groups provide the balance to those times with
If you’re a writer—or have aspirations to be one—I encourage you to join a writing community, whether it’s online or in person. Groups like CCWF are essential to bringing writers together and helping us to remember that while we write alone, we’re not alone.
Sarah Hamaker: Capital Christian Writers Fellowship, Guest Blogger
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