Calendar of Events


2020 Calendar of Events & Speakers

The South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers invites you to join us. Visitors are welcome!

When: 4th Saturdays (except July and December) See calendar below
Time:               2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where:            North Anderson Baptist Church
                        2308 N. Main Street (click for map)
                          Anderson, SC
The meeting is free and visitors are welcome.  We offer a free writing class the first half of our meetings and critiques of members manuscripts the last half. Visitors are welcome to sit in critique sessions and offer feedback.

2020 Class Presentations Calendar --FREE classes

March 28   Author & Marketing Guru Tracy Fredrychowski 
                  “Unlocking the Secrets of Facebook for Authors.”
                    Changed to Zoom class

April 25     Best Selling Indie author of Cozy Mysteries, Glenda Manus 
                 “How I Learned to Write and Publish Cozies” (interview online)

May 23      USA Today best selling author, and CEO of Wild Heart                            Books, Misty Beller. “Become a Successful Novelist”
Misty will also take appointments to meet with authors who want to pitch Christian historical romances during the chapter critique time. (zoom class)

June 27  "Romancing the Christian Fiction Market"
                   by Bestselling novelist Andrea Boeshaar in person

July - No meeting

August 22 - "Microsoft Word for Writers" 
   by Alycia Morales. Don't miss this great class to strengthen your
   computer skills as a writer. Bring your laptop. 

September 26 - Show, Don't Tell & Deep POV
              By Elva Cobb Martin

Class Description
Show, Don't Tell is one of the major writing crafts fiction authors have to learn how to do to get a contract. Learning the principles of Deep Point of View will take care of many show, don't tell problems. This will be an easy, hands on class to bring your writing up several notches, and help toward a book contract. Feel free to bring a first page to talk about.
Bio:
Elva is a multi-published author of inspirational romance novels. All have spent time on Amazon's 100 Bestseller lists for Women's Religious Fiction. She is currently finishing Book 3 in a three-book Charleston Brides historical romance series contracted with Wild Heart Books. Book 2, Georgia Ann, is scheduled to be released November 17, 2020. Her articles have appeared in Home Life, Charisma, and Decision magazines.  A mother, grandmother, she lives in Anderson, South Carolina, with her husband Dwayne and serves as  president of the ACFW-SC chapter. Elva always stops to sample chocolate, to love on babies of any kind, and to  smell the roses.

October 24  - Editing Your Own Manuscript  
       by Jessica Brodie 
Class Description
You’re finished with your novel—great! But before you send it off to your agent, or begin to seek representation in the first place, you need to get your manuscript in the best shape possible. Learn from seasoned and award-winning editor and writer Jessica Brodie as she takes you through specific steps to edit your work, from tackling plot holes and copyedits to fine-tuning dialogue and eliminating wordiness.
Bio
Jessica Brodie is an award-winning Christian journalist, author, blogger, editor, writing coach, and devotional writer.  For the last decade, she’s been the editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. Represented by Bob Hostetler of The Steve Laube Agency, she is seeking a publishing contract for her two contemporary women’s fiction novels, The Memory Garden and Tangled Roots. The Memory Garden won the 2018 Genesis Award for Contemporary Fiction from American Christian Fiction Writers. Married, Brodie has four children and stepchildren and lives in Lexington, South Carolina. 

Nov. 21  Holiday Finger Food Fellowship & Book Sale
    Bring your fave finger food and your published books.

December - no meeting. Enjoy Christmas!


Have a Piece to Critique? 

The second half of our meeting consists of a critique session for members. Members must attend at least one critique session before submitting a piece for critique. Submissions must follow the critique format guidelines listed on another page on this chapter blog. Format includes:

  • Less than 1,200 words
  • Double spaced lines
  • Numbered lines
  • Your name, genre, and title  on header
  • Five or six stapled copies 

All fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are welcome, but, sorry, not poetry. Visitors are welcome to sit in the critique sessions and offer feedback.
 

New to ACFW-SC?

Visitors are encouraged to come and participate in the meeting and critique session. If you have attended one critique session, you are welcome to bring a piece for critique. Please come early to register your submission.
 

Parking

Park on the side of the church with the long handicap ramp which is behind the small white house. Come in the double glass doors at the ramp, take the elevator to the second floor, and go left down the hall to a class room. Signs will be posted on the walls to guide you!
 

ACFW National and Questions

To learn more about the premier national organization for Christian writers, how to join, and what the benefits are, check out www.acfw.com. For more information about the Anderson meetings or to be added to the chapter email list for announcements, email Elva Cobb Martin, President, at elvacmartin@gmail.com  .

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