American Christian Fiction Writers
Colorado Springs Chapter




ACFW Colorado Springs generally meets the first Saturday of each month.

We meet from 10 a.m. - Noon. Please check schedule below for exceptions.

Join us at First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs.

We are happy to have you attend up to two meetings if you want to check us out before joining.



2019 Events    


Scoti Domeij 
  January 5

Scoti Domeij (author) - Life's Tsunamis: Barreling Through the Ultimate Writing Block


Deluged by stressful circumstances? Suffocated by a life-altering event? Is it possible to reclaim the oxygen of motivation to stay afloat and to write, when you're drowning and don't know how to swim? At one point or another, rogue waves will wipe out a writer's world, washing away their desires, designs, and dreams to write. Scoti Domeij takes a hard look at how to write while submerged by life's tsunamis. When swallowed by a monster billow, discover how the salty psychology of seismic circumstances unleashes a tsunami of words.


     


Donna Schlachter 
  February 2

Donna Schlachter (author) - Crafting Good Suplots, the key to every story

Regardless of the genre, readers want stories that are more than just surface excursions into the imagination. In this class, we'll learn about using subplots to add tension; flesh out characters; and offer a distraction from the main story that serves as a kind of red herring.

Bio: Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 25 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Davalynn Spencer 
  March 2

Davalynn Spencer (author) - "Don't Be a Trouble Maker!": Creating Conflict in Your Characters' Lives


Conflict and obstacles are the last things any of us need in our everyday existence, so as authors we sometimes shelter our beloved characters to spare them the pain. Stop that. Stop it right now! No one wants to read a namby-pamby story about some person with a perfect life who lives in a perfect world. Conflict-riddled readers need conflict in their stories because they need victory - even if it's someone else's.

Join us for a hands-on workshop presented by Davalynn Spencer (no fisticuffs, we promise) on how to be a trouble-maker.

     
James L. Rubart   April 6

Write In The Springs

This year we welcome James L. Rubart!

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Allen Arnold 
  January 6

Allen Arnold (author) - Hidden Threats to Your Creativity


There are three hidden forces that act as kryptonite towards your creativity. Left unaddressed, these forces will derail your art...and ultimately your heart. Publishing industry thought leader and popular author Allen Arnold reveals both the threats and their counterintuitive ways to defeat them, sharing insights gleaned from working with hundreds of new and best-selling Christian authors.


     


Jennie Marts 
  February 3

Jennie Marts (author) - Dual workshop on Creating Your Brand and Write Smarter, Write Faster


Creating Your Author Brand -
With so many authors writing multiple books—it’s important to create an author brand that will help readers recognize and find you. USA TODAY Best-selling author Jennie Marts will share practical advice and tips on understanding what your brand is and how to build your own unique author brand and increase your discoverability.


Write Smarter, Write Faster -
With ever increasing constraints on our schedules, writers must learn to maximize the time they use when they sit down to write. If you’re juggling multiple series and publishers, then every minute has to count. Multi-published and award-winning author, Jennie Marts, shares tips and tricks to focus your writing time to increase productivity, balance conflicting deadlines, increase your word count, stay healthy, and write better books in a shorter amount of time.


     


Lisa Jordan 
  March 3

Lisa Jordan (author) - Building a Writing Career While Working Full Time!


Despite what TV shows or movies may portray, many writers aren't multi-published millionaires sitting in luxurious offices overlooking the city skyline or the beach.

In fact, many writers lack the financial stability to write full time. Those who do write full-time may have spouses who contribute to the monthly budget, or they've published enough books to meet their financial obligations.

Most of the writers I know work full time - inside or outside the home - care for families, maintain church responsibilities and try to get enough sleep so they're not zombies the next day.

So how are writers able to find the time to write while working full time?

Many of them don't have time, but the majority of them make the time to write.

Finding the time to write while balancing other life obligations is necessary in order to meet their dreams. Building a writing career while working full time can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. This workshop will offer 5 essential keys to help build their writing careers while working full time.


     
Margie Lawson    April 14

Write In The Springs with Margie Lawson
     


Evangline Denmark

Elena Sorensen
 
  May 5

Evangeline Denmark and Elena Sorensen (authors) - Weaving in the Dark Threads


What role should dark elements play in the work of writers of faith? From grim fairy tales (pun intended) to the Gothic literary tradition, to the modern horror genre, representations of evil, fear, and the unknown have created conflict, built tension, and moved the plot. But what about our souls and our imaginations? Is there room in a Christian creative's journey for delving into the deep? Elena Sorensen and Evangeline Denmark are both members of the Anselm Society, which seeks a renaissance of the Christian imagination—will discuss the topic of “Weaving in the Dark Threads” with the goal of challenging preconceptions while holding redemption as the framework for the greatest story.


     


Brian Bird 
June 2

Brian Bird (screen writer) - The Adaptation Survival Kit


For authors looking to adapt (or have someone adapt) their novel or non-fiction book into a screenplay for a film, here are the pitfalls and the ways to succeed... from award-winning screenwriter and producer Brian Bird.

Come learn some screenwriting tips that will enhance your novel writing craft to make for a more engaging story.


     


Carla Laureano 
  July 7

Carla Laureano (author) - The Elements of Voice


"We're looking for unique voices." You see this statement on every editor's and agent's wish list, but what does it mean exactly? Voice is one of the indefinable elements that separates great writing from merely good, and it's something that can't be faked or invented. It can, however, be refined and cultivated into something that's both distinct and marketable.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore:

1) What voice is and isn't.
2) How pacing, word choice, cadence, and sentence structure contribute to voice.
3) The intersection of point of view and voice--and what to do when it conflicts

Bring your notebook, a pen, and a sense of adventure as we delve into the elements of voice and emerge with a greater understanding of what makes your writing uniquely yours.


     


Beth Vogt
  August 4

Beth Vogt (author) - How to Craft a High Concept Pitch for Your Novel


No matter what genre you're writing, it's important to capture people's attention when you're talking to them about your novel.

Agents. Editors. Readers. Interviewers.

This is why you need to understand what high concept is and how it strengthens your ability to market your book.

In this workshop, you will:
2. Define high concept, once and for all.
3. Discover the 3 key elements of a high concept pitch.
4. Begin to brainstorm a high concept pitch for your work-in-progress (WIP).


     


Ken Lippincott 
  September 8

Kenneth Lippincott (author) - The Somewhat Humorous Journey of an Indie Writer: From Writing to Publishing to Marketing.

Author Kenneth Lippincott will share what an Indie author can expect through the joy of writing, the agony of publishing, and some survival skills of marketing, while providing practical approaches to writing as a business.


     


Susan Baganz 
  October 6

Susan Baganz (author and editor) - The Care and Feeding of Your Editor.


Learn how to avoid the common errors that cause many beginning authors to be rejected regardless of the quality of their work.
     


Susan Mathis
 
  November 3

Susan Mathis (author) - Making Sense of it All

It's easy to lose the beauty of the moment, an awareness of the senses, delight in the small things, and the sweet simplicity that can make your writing life, and your writing itself so full and vibrant. Come for a hands-on workshop to ignite your creativity in a whole new way, engage your senses, and be amazed how it'll bring your writing alive!