Two Weeks and counting…

CONFERENCE LOGO-1It’s hard to believe that it’s now only two weeks until our first writer’s mini-conference. We’re excited and pleased to offer this conference.

We have two agents, three publishers, and three published authors to meet with. We have two tracks, writing craft and marketing with four workshops.  Our keynote speech to begin the day is Mike Dellosso from southern Pennsylvania. You can find out more about him under the conference tab.

We’ll have devotions and worship, Christian fiction books and books about the writing craft for giveaways! A special treat for those attending: an ACFW logo magnet. If you’re not a member of ACFW, you can join both the national organization and our Pennsylvania State Chapter that day!

To cap the event, we’ll have a nine-member panel consisting of agents, authors, and publishers. Ask them any question you’d like!

We’re meeting at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. It’s a lovely and professional setting. Lunch will be included, as well as beverage service throughout the day, and snacks available both morning and afternoon.

You won’t want to miss it! Saturday, November 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Less than THREE weeks away!

CONFERENCE LOGO-1Can you believe it! I can’t. Here I am at a writer’s retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina, and I’m thinking a little less than three weeks in the future when we have our Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference.

It’s going to be a fabulous day. Literary agents Joyce and her son Jim Hart, from Hartline Literary Agency, will be there taking appointments. Destiny Image, Whitaker House, and Storyline Publishing will also be taking appointments for consideration. In addition, Christine Whitaker of Whitaker House and Jonathan Nori of Destiny Image are presenting workshops.

A full list of workshops and presenters is available on this site under the Keystone tab. As Chapter President, I am thrilled that we’re hosting this conference and we believe we’ve put together a stellar slate of speakers on a variety of subjects in two tracks, writing craft, and marketing.

It’s not too late to sign up. Hope to see you there!

Announcing Additions to Our Conference

Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference LogoWe’re excited to announce the addition of agent Joyce Hart and publisher Gloria O’Donnell to our line-up of guests for our panel discussion. They will also take appointments.

For more information on Joyce Hart, visit here. For information regarding Gloria O’Donnell visit here. Gloria founded Storyline Publishing.

For more information, visit the registration pages on this site at this link.  If you have questions regarding the appointments, please email  me at

October will be a busy month for us! We look forward to seeing you at our conference at The Penn Stater (‘r’ not a typo) in State College on Saturday, November 7, from 9-5. We have a full day of great speakers and workshops, with the option of meeting with agents and publishers.

September News

DSC01512Finally, we’ve had a break in the hot, humid weather, with temperatures reminding us that fall is on the way!

This month, September 24th, at 7:00 p.m. our regular online meeting will feature Best-Selling and multi-Christy Award winner and current nominee, DiAnn Mills. Click To Tweet

You’ll love DiAnn. She has a heart to mentor writers of all ages. She’ll be speaking about “Writing Witty Dialogue.” DiAnn has been a mentor for Christian Writers Guild and now mentors through her own network of former students and others through her website You’ll be inspired and she has some fun exercises and offers.  @acfwpennsylvaniablog @ACFWPA #DiAnn Mills #acfwpa

DiAnnIf you’re a chapter member, you will have already received an official invitation to the meeting through AnyMeeting. If you’re not a member, you can still attend for $5.00 if you’re an ACFW member, or $10. Just email me at for instructions.

Also — registrations are now open for our Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference, to be held at The Penn Stater in State College on Saturday, November 7th, from 9-5. Just click on our conference tab for more information.

Early Bird prices are now in effect until October 1st. On the 2nd, they go up by $10. Register now for the best price!

Hope to see you there!

Registration is Open!


Registration is now open for the Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference to be held Saturday, November 7th, from 9-5 at The Penn Stater in State College. #acfwpa #kcfwc Click to Tweet

Early Bird prices are in effect from now until October 1st. On October 2nd, the price goes up. If you’re a chapter member, your current price is $70 for the day. This includes: all the sessions and lunch. The Penn Stater is a state-of-the-art conference facility and we will have a terrific day.

All writers interested in writing fiction are welcome, whether you’re a member of ACFW or not.

Scholarships are available, both full and partial. As you register for the conference, there is a question about a scholarship. If you answer yes, we’ll contact you and discuss your needs.

All the pertinent information is on this website under the Conference tab, but if you have any questions we have not addressed, please let me know at

See ya in November!

August 2015 News

DSC01207It’s August already! Students will be heading back to school soon. How the summer flew by, and we hope you’re having a great summer! #acfwpa

Next Meeting

August 27th – Sandra Byrd, published author of contemporary and historical romance, got her start in YA. Her presentation is entitled “Setting the Rhythm: Pacing Your Novel.” Click to Tweet

Monthly Online Meeting Schedule

September 24th – DiAnn Mills, published author, double Christy Award winner and current Christy nominee of romantic suspense. Her first novels were historical romance. Her presentation will be on “Dialogue.”

October 22nd – Mary Connealy, published author of romantic historical cowboy comedies. Her presentation is entitled “The Five Things You Need to Start Your Story.”

December 17th — Our Chapter Christmas special where you are part of the program! More information coming later.

Saturday, November 7th – First Annual Writer’s Conference at The Penn Stater Conference Center near State College. Chapter member price will be the best.

If you have any questions about events or membership, please contact a board member.

July 2015 ACFW Pennsylvania State Chapter News

Fourth of JulyI hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend for July 4th. We have some fun and educational events to discuss this month.

Next Online Meeting

This month’s regular online meeting through AnyMeeting will be held Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. Dwight Kopp will be speaking on “Building Muscle in Fiction: Tips, Tricks, and Traps” Included in this workshop will be a writing exercise, so come prepared to listen, learn, and participate!  Click to Tweet

Upcoming Meetings—Mark Your Calendars

August—Sandra Byrd, “Setting the Rhythm: Pacing Your Novel,” Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.

September—DiAnn Mills, “Dialogue”, Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m.

October—Mary Connealy, “Five Things You Need to Start Your Story”, Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

November—our 1st Annual Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference. More information will be forthcoming as it is available. Saturday, November 7th, from 9-5 at The Penn Stater in State College, PA.

Decemberspecial date! Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. online. Come prepared to share a page or two from your WIP or a short story about Christmas. More details coming later.

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Chapter News for June 2015


It’s summer, but we’re not takin’ a break, because we’re just getting started!

Thursday, June 25th, at 7:00 p.m., our very own vice president, Ralph Hueske, will give us a presentation on the basics of Scrivener, a popular writing program that helps organize material for novelists. Click to tweet.

If you haven’t received an invitation yet, please let Donna Smith, president, know, and we’ll make sure you get one.

Chapter members can attend free and also get the recording link the next day. The recordings are video and audio of the finest quality. We are pleased to present this service to you. If you are an ACFW member, you can attend the meeting and/or get the link by paying $5.00. Again, let Donna Smith know if you’re interested.

Vice President Ralph Hueske

Vice President Ralph Hueske

Looking ahead for the rest of 2015, we have online meetings scheduled with Dwight Kopp, historical author Sandra Byrd, suspense author DiAnn Mills, western historical author Mary Connealy, and a few other things up our sleeve that our members can enjoy and participate in. more details on those things coming later. Click to tweet.

Happy summer! We’ll see you next month.


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We’re Live!

Welcome to the website for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW PA Chapter). On March 18, 2015, we became a new chapter of the national ACFW organization. We serve the Christian writers of Pennsylvania through monthly online meetings on a wide variety of topics. We serve as a hub for our member writers to connect with each other through a closed Facebook group and by supporting local clusters where members can meet face-to-face for mutual support, form critique groups, and form lasting friendships. Finally, we sponsor an annual Writer’s conference for our writers to get away and improve their skills, while networking and meeting new people in a fun and faith-filled environment.

Since we’re a new organization, we’re just getting our feet on the ground. But we’re not just waiting for the grass to grow under our feet. This past Tuesday we had our first online chapter meeting where Andy Scheer, a professional editor, presented Seven Secrets of Vigorous Prose. Chapter members who missed the meeting and are interested in the topic can contact Donna Smith to gain access to the recording.

Our next chapter meeting will be on May 28. Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency, will present What an Agent Looks for in an Author. Check the events calendar for details. Members will automatically receive an invite in the next week or so.

This website is another step forward for our organization. It contains an events calendar, contact information, and information on how to become a member of the chapter. We’ll continue to expand the website and improve the content in the coming weeks and months. For questions about content, corrections, or adding events to the calendar, contact the Webmaster.

Again, welcome to our new chapter and our new website. May God bless you in your writing endeavors.