American Christian Fiction Writers
Colorado Springs Chapter




We usually meet the first Saturday of each month.
10 AM – Noon

(Some meetings are Zoom only. Please check below.)

In Person meeting place:
Living Hope Church
640 Manitou Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Online via Zoom
Link is posted Saturday morning on our Facebook members group.

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If you would more information about membership, please see our 
Membership page.




 SusanGMathis
   January 8, 2022

Susan G Mathis, ACFW president:
Goal Setting for Writers Roundtable


Susan will guide a discussion about steps to setting realistic writing goals. Come ready to share your goals, plans, and dreams for 2022 and, if you want, offer a tip for making your (or someone else's) writing dreams come true.

Bio

Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. She has been published more than twenty times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. Susan has seven in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, and her newest,Colleen’s Confession. Peyton’s Promise and Rachel’s Reunion releases in 2022 and she’s working on book ten. Her book awards include two Illumination Book Awards, three American Fiction Awards, two Indie Excellence Book Awards, and two Literary Titan Book Awards. Reagan’s Reward is a Selah Awards finalist. 

 

Susan is also a published author of two premarital books, two children’s picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs and enjoys traveling around the world but returns each summer to the islands she loves. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction for more.





Gordon Saunders

Feb 5: Gordon Saunders on Self-Publishing on IngramSpark…and so much more
Do you want to self-publish? This workshop will provide all you need to self-publish on IngramSpark (a must) and lots more. A Q/A time will follow. Don’t miss it.

About Gordon: Gordon Saunders is a Christ-follower, husband, father, grandfather, teacher, writer and book coach. Living in four European countries, traveling in every continent (except Antarctica), and experiencing history in more than fifty countries, has given him a unique perspective on life and culture and a desire to promote knowledge and interaction about crucial life-issues. gordon-saunders-writer.com and mediaropa.org.





Jen Turano

March 5: Jen Turano on You’ve Finished Your Manuscript – Now What?
You’ve written The End, polished up your story, so what’s next? Join Jen Turano as she delves into the publishing world, discussing different publishing options to get your book into print – from indie, small press, and then traditional publishing. She’ll then delve into the advantages of signing with a literary agency, how to go about finding an agent, then what to expect a literary agent to do for your writing career. After that, she’ll move into what happens when you sell your book to a publishing house, speaking on how you get paid, how advances and royalties work, and then explore what you can expect from an editing team – such as – what exactly will they do to your manuscript. Time permitting, she’ll take any questions you have about the publishing industry at the end of her talk.

About Jen: Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. To date, she has nineteen books published through Bethany House Publisher.  When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com




Susan Mae Warren
April 8-9: WRITE IN THE SPRINGS CONFERENCE
At Glen Eyrie Conference Center. Don’t miss it!
 
The Story Equation    Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm            

USA-Today’s best-selling author of 80 novels, Susan May Warren, will detail the easy, organic, can’t-fail way to create compelling characters and plot a best-selling novel.  Are you struggling to build a riveting plot? Layered characters? How about wrestling to fortify that saggy middle? Or create a powerful ending? Using the powerful technique that has created over sixty-five best-selling novels, Susan May Warren will show you how to utilize “The Story Equation” to create the best story you’ve ever written!

You will learn:
* The amazing trick to creating unforgettable, compelling characters that epic movies use!
* How to create riveting tension to keep the story driving from chapter to chapter.
* The easy solution to plotting the middle of your novel.
* The one element every story needs to keep a reader up all night.
* How to craft an ending that makes your reader say to their friends, “Oh, you have to read this book!”
           

(Optional) How to write the Super Novel!  Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Thorne Birds. The Pillars of the Earth. Roots. The Princess Bride. ShoGun. Carrie. The Kite Runner. The Time Travelers Wife. The DaVinci Code. Gone Girl. The Hunger Games. All blockbuster books. All different genres. These books are called Super Novels. They transcend genre, demographics and time. Why?
In this coaching class we’ll break down the super novel. We’ll discover the elements common to all these stories –and more, isolate them and dissect why they work. Then we’ll learn how to add these elements into our novels to create our own Super Novel. Applicable to all genres.  An interactive class-- bring a rough plot or story idea to work on.

About Susan May Warren: She’s is a USA-Today’s best-selling author of 80 novels and founder of My Book Therapy and Novel Academy. Saturday is our main event. It will feature an intensive full day of five sessions with Susie May detailing her easy, organic, can’t-fail way to create compelling characters and plot a best-selling novel.




Sally Jo Pitts

May 7: Sally Jo Pitts on True Confessions of a Private Investigator: Crafting Stories from your Personal Experiences

A story’s takeaway message, reflection, or truism is the author’s gift to the reader. As an investigator, Sally Jo Pitts has written reports detailing case objectives, observations and conclusions for clients and discovered fiction writing involves investigation as well. This workshop will focus on ways to detect these gems of illumination from life’s personal experiences and give participants ideas on how to weave the tidbits into their stories.




Donna Schlachter


June 4: Donna Schlachter on Building Believable Characters

Think of the main plot of your book being like a spine, and subplots like appendages, then Characters are the ligaments and tendons that hold everything together. In this workshop, we’ll explore who and what characters are; understand our need for and uses of backstory; discuss differences between female and male dialogue; and look at ways that men and women see, hear, and interpret situations differently. By the end of the class, you should have a better understanding of why it’s important to create characters that are believable and unique, and how to do that.

About Donna: Donna is a Canadian by birth, an American by choice. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Patrick. She pens historical suspense, while her alter-ego, Leeann Betts, writes contemporary suspense. Donna and Leeann have authored more than 40 published novels and novellas, devotionals, and books on writing.




Tiffani Jo Baker

July 9: Tiffani Jo Baker on Podcasting for Writers: Starting Your Own and Being a Guest

ZOOM ONLY!

With almost 2 million podcasts published and 60% of podcast listeners making purchases from ads and information heard about on episodes, podcasting is a great way for writers to help get their message and mission out. In this workshop you will learn what podcasting can do for you, the 5 W's for simply starting your own, and how to use other people's podcasts to help build your business.

About Tiffani: Tiffany Jo Baker is a caffeinated mom of two teen girls, surrogate mom who has carried five babies for three families dealing with infertility and wife of 20+ years to an extreme outdoorsman. She is a speaker, strategist, podcast host and right-hand woman for leaders, Christian communicator, and multifaceted mama at heart.




Terri Wolfe Photo

August 6: Terrie Wolfe on The Business of Books

IN PERSON AND ON ZOOM!

In preparation for the national ACFW Conference September 9-11—and all writers conferences, Terrie will address things like— Pitching your book. Finding an agent. Working with a publisher. Contracts and more.
 
About Terrie: Publishing Agent Terrie Wolf is an agent at AKA Literary Management. Terrie Wolf studied English Literature at Cambridge University, Creative Writing at NYU and Journalism at University of Colorado at Denver (UCD). Terrie Wolf’s experiences has garnered strong contracts in print, television, film, and new technologies and AKALM focuses on the entire package when it comes to multi-platform opportunities and career building for their clients and endeavors. She believes in the validity of a well-honed framework built from relatable, real-time solutions coupled with a sense of excitement for the ever-changing world of publishing.




Denise Weimer

September 10: Denise Weimer: An Introduction to Writing in Deep Point of View

ZOOM ONLY!

Up until the last ten years or so, most novels were written in some type of narrative point of view—a style where the author or narrator served as a kind of middle man, telling the reader what the main characters thought and felt. So it’s not surprising that many of us start out writing in that style as well. But for mass market fiction, most publishers now prefer deep point of view—a style where the author writes as though they are the main character. Learn how to flip your switch to deep POV—change passive voice to active, favor action beats over speaker tags and showing over telling, avoid head-hopping, and generate rich internal dialogue—to create vibrant and immersive writing.

About Denise: Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense, mostly set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.




Jodi Artzburger
Oct 1: Jodi Artzberger:  Books with Bookfunnel

IN PERSON AND ON ZOOM!

Bookfunnel is a great way to grow your newsletter list by joining group promotions, running a promotion, newsletter swaps and more! But did you know you can also run sales through Bookfunnel? Deliver books to your beta readers and ARC team? Bookfunnel was designed with you in mind - authors. It's an inexpensive tool anyone can use to succeed and grow their fan base.

About Jodi: Jodi is a Christ follower who lives in beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, two awesome boys, and rescue pups. She writes inspirational Christian romantic suspense stories that are Gospel centered and intertwined with God's love and plan of redemption.




Jayme Mansfield

November 5: Jayme H. Mansfield on The Power of Words: Imagery, Symbolism, and Language in Fiction

IN PERSON AND ON ZOOM!

Choose your words carefully. We’ve heard it and try our best to follow the adage. For fiction writers, it’s the golden nugget of advice that propels our manuscripts to exhilarating heights, making our stories more memorable and meaningful. Learn and practice how to integrate powerful imagery, symbolism, and language into your writing as we compare and contrast excerpts, examine our own work, and turn bland into beautiful.

About Jayme: Jayme H. Mansfield is an author, artist, speaker, and educator. Jayme's award-winning books, Chasing the Butterfly, RUSH, and Seasoned, are book club favorites. Her writing is filled with vivid imagery that stirs the human heart and gifts the reader an abundance of hope and joy. She owns, teaches, and paints at Piggy Toes Art Studio. Her favorite journey is pursuing her dreams, finding adventure, and passionately writing with an ever-present artistic flair. She and her husband live at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with two overly needy Golden Retrievers. Visit her at www.jaymehmansfield.com




ChristmasTree

December 3:  Christmas Party

IN PERSON ONLY!