March Meeting – Saturday, March 1

NY Times and USA Today Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her stories of hope have won the RITA , the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher.  

Linda will be with us on Saturday, March 1 to speak on the topic of emotion in writing. Please bring a lunch and join us at noon for fellowship before the meeting begins at 1:00. Hope to see you there!


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February Meeting – Saturday, February 1, 2014

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots. Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

Read more about Kathleen at and join us on Saturday, February 1 to hear her speak. Bring your own lunch for fellowship at noon and stay for the meeting from 1:00 – 3:00.

Flora's Wish by Kathleen Y'Barbo            Millie's Treasure by Kathleen Y'Barbo

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Jan. 4 Meeting – New Year’s Party

We had to cancel the annual Christmas party because of crazy weather, but we’re
not giving up! Consider yourself cordially invited to the W.I.N NEW YEAR’S
PARTY, where we will gather with friends for fun, fellowship…and FOOD, of

January 4
12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Lutheran Church
6727 S. Sheridan Rd.
Spouses and friends welcome

Hope to see you there!

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Dec. 7 Meeting – Christmas Party

Writers of Inspirational Novels


December 7

12:00 p.m.

Fellowship Lutheran Church

6727 S. Sheridan Rd.

Spouses and friends welcome!




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“Creating Three-Dimensional Characters” – Saturday, Nov. 2

This month, we’re so excited to have one of our own multi-published authors, Margaret Daley, speak to our group about creating three-dimensional characters. Join us for lunch at noon and then stay for the meeting to hear Margaret speak from 1:00 – 3:00. Hope to see you there!

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold eighty-four books to date.

Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors. Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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October Meeting – Saturday, October 5

Our October speaker will be author Tracey Bateman. Tracey is a full-time writer and editor and has written in excess of forty novels, with well over 1 million books in print. She makes her home in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband, several dogs, and four mostly-grown kids who are eager to spread their wings and fly.

We hope you’ll join us at noon for a brown-bag lunch fellowship, and then stay for the meeting with Tracey from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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September Meeting – Saturday, September 7

This Saturday at our WIN meeting, we will have a writer’s marathon. Everyone
is bringing a laptop or pad of paper, and they are going to write for one
hour! We will take a break for snacks, and then head back to our seats
to write for 45 more minutes. There will be experienced writers on hand to
help any beginners.  A prize will be given to the one who has the highest
word count. Come and do that thing you’ve been thinking about for a long
time – WRITE!

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August Meeting – Saturday, August 3

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The last meeting of the summer is coming up, and we decided to do something a little different. The August meeting will be all about you and your writing! We will divide into groups by genre so we can brainstorm or critique each other’s writing. Group members will be given a set amount of time to share and to receive feedback. Please bring one of the following to the meeting:

* A sample of your WIP -  a few pages for the group to critique

* A character or plot element you need help brainstorming

* A story idea that needs development

* Anything else (writing-related) you’d like to present

Join us at noon for a brown-bag lunch fellowship, and then stay for the meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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July Meeting Update

Our guest speaker, Tracey Bateman, had to reschedule her visit. She will join us in October instead of July. We will still have our meeting – same time, same place – and we hope to see you there!

Bring a lunch at noon for our fellowship time and stay for the meeting at 1:00.

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June Meeting – Saturday, June 1

Our June meeting is right around the corner–this coming Saturday, June 1. Brown
bag at noon, writing prompt at 12:45, and then the meeting begins at 1:00.

Dr. Richard Mabry will be speaking on The Writer’s Journey: From Beowulf
to Die Hard. Based on Christopher Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey, Richard
will offer a look at the twelve steps of the “hero’s journey” that are common to
the vast majority of novels, movies, and plays and will challenge you to
consider how you can use your own hero’s journey to hold the attention of your

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President
of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published
novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions
including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year.
His novel, Lethal Remedy, won a 2012 Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain
Christian Writers Conference. His medical thriller, Stress Test (Thomas Nelson),
has garnered rave reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, as well
as from readers.

Richard will be bringing copies of his books to sell and to sign. To win a copy of Stress Test, check out the giveaway on The Suspense Zone website.

If you are unfamiliar with The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, you can check it out here.

See you on Saturday!


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