Calendar of Events

2019 Calendar of Events

The South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers will meet

When:             Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019  Meeting and Holiday Finger Food Fellowship!
What Time:     2:00- 5:00 PM
Where:            North Anderson Baptist Church
                        2308 N. Main Street, Anderson (click for map)
                          Anderson, SC
       The meeting is free and visitors are welcome. Chapter members will offer their published books for sale.


Note: Nov. 23 we will have a Finger Food Fellowship following the presentation instead of the critique time. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite finger food and join us.

Class Presentation by Mary Denman: “What a Professional Headshot Can Do for Writers”

Mary’s Bio:
Mary Denman is a writer who also loves photography. Or a photographer who loves writing. As a freelance writer Mary had had articles and devotions published in various forms including Focus on the Family publications and other magazines. She has also completed her first novel and is a member of several organizations including ACFW, My Book Therapy and Word Weavers.

As a photographer, Mary has had photos published in both print and online. Her photos have  been used by businesses and by fellow authors alike. Her philosophy is to catch a moment that reflects God’s beauty and creativity whether in nature, in life, or in the face of her subjects. As a writer herself, she understands what authors need in a headshot. She has been the conference photographer for Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference and other meetings. She lives in upstate South Carolina. Check out her blog. 

Notes on Headshots: Mary will offer a special discount for head shots at our meeting and do them for $50 during the fellowship time. This will include more than one head pose and sent to you to be used online or on book covers. Sign up for a photo time when you arrive at the meeting.
What to wear? Solid colors are your best choice. Patterns/prints distract and date your headshot. Choose mid-tone colors in blue, green, rose or purple. Avoid wearing tops in flesh tones (cream, beige, pastels, peach or yellow) as they will blend your face into your clothes.  Check out some of your friends who have good headshots.

Have a Piece to Critique? (Jan. 25, 2020 meeting)

The second half of our meeting consists of a critique session for members who have had their manuscript critiqued at least once beforehand. Visitors who have had their manuscript critiqued at least once beforehand and have attended at least one critique session can submit a piece for critique. Submissions must follow the critique and format guidelines listed on the chapter blog at, including:

  • Less than 1,000 words
  • Double spaced lines
  • Numbered lines
  • Name and email on header
  • Five stapled copies 

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

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.


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 For more information about the meeting contact Fran Strickland Anderson, SC Chapter President, at

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