Registrations Open for Keystone CFWC II

CONFERENCE LOGO-1Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, November 5, from 9-5 in Harrisburg!

Our second annual Keystone Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference will be beneficial to all who attend.

Registrations are open now, and all the information you need is under the conference tab, including the schedule for the day!

Make plans to join us in November! We are Fiction Only. Fiction First. We are the ONLY fiction only writers’ conference in Pennsylvania. We’re pretty proud of that. Because we are ACFW, the Pennsylvania State Chapter.

If you have any questions, please let us know.


Mark Your Calendar!

CONFERENCE LOGO-1Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Keystone Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference, Saturday, November 5, from 9-5 in Harrisburg. Check back in mid-July for updated information posted under our Conference tab.

We’re excited, because we’ll have a wonderfully inspirational keynote speaker, two agents, two publishers, and hopefully, a couple published authors as workshop speakers, to also take appointments.

Last year, three of our attendees were signed by Hartline Literary Agency as a result of our conference. I’m hoping for much more this year.

So…mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5, Harrisburg, PA. More information coming soon.


Lots of Exciting News Coming Soon

from Flickr

from Flickr

It’s an exciting time for our ACFW Pennsylvania State Chapter.

We passed our first anniversary in March as a chapter, with our first online meeting in April of 2015. We continue to meet monthly, but we will take a short break this summer.

Watch for a new blog post late Tuesday evening or Wednesday that announces the winners to our Keystone Great Beginnings Contest. I’ll give one hint: I’m pleased that a chapter member won 1st prize.

Also – mark down Saturday, November 5th, 2016 on your calendars and join us in Harrisburg for our 2nd Annual Keystone Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference. We are fiction only, and fiction first. We are the only Christian writers’ conference that is all fiction. We’re nailing down the details as this is being written. We think you’ll like what we’re planning.

If you have any questions regarding chapter membership, please let one of the board members know.

We’ll be unveiling more information soon!

Thank You to All 17 Contest Entrants


Thank you! We had an astonishing 17 entries (we were hoping for 15) for our Keystone Great Beginnings Contest. The judges are currently reading and scoring entries, and winners will be announced at our online meeting, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. and here on this blog.

It takes a lot of courage to submit one’s work for critique and scoring. Only one can win 1st place with a $50 prize. If you don’t win, don’t give up. Keep working on your craft, your story. Take the judges’ comments and learn from them. It will help you improve and maybe, the next contest you enter, you’ll place!

If you win here, you’ll be rewarded monetarily, and that will show potential publishers two things: 1) you are serious about your writing, and 2) you are willing to put yourself out there and try to get published.

Two years ago, I entered the ACFW Genesis contest. I didn’t make it past the first round, and one judge seemed quite harsh with their low score. After a period of time, though, I was able to re-visit their score sheet, and learn what I needed to do to improve my novel.

The next time I submitted it, I made the semi-finals in Operation 1st Novel.

So whether you win or place here, even with an Honorable Mention certificate, the point is: learn, progress, and keep submitting. Perseverance is the key. I know. I’m still persevering, hoping for a publishing contract in my future. Blessings to you.

Our first conference was a Success!

Jim & Joyce Hart, Mike Dellosso, Carol Hamilton (L to R)

Jim & Joyce Hart, Mike Dellosso, Carol Hamilton (L to R)

Our first Keystone Christian Fiction Writers Conference held on Saturday, November 7th in State College, PA was a success! We had around 30 attendees. Not quite half the chapter attended, with a few who had registered who couldn’t come due to physical illness.

We learned a lot from the day, and we’re excited about future possibilities. Here’s a few photos from the day.

If you were there, we hope enjoyed your day. If you weren’t there, we hope you’ll join us next year.

Brad Herman & Jonathan Nori, Christine Whitaker, Gloria O'Donnell, & Dwight Kopp (L to R)

Brad Herman & Jonathan Nori, Christine Whitaker, Gloria O’Donnell, & Dwight Kopp (L to R)

Chapter Member Carol Hamilton speaking on Social Media

Chapter Member Carol Hamilton speaking on Social Media

Chapter Member Kelly Anne Liberto

Chapter Member Kelly Anne Liberto speaking on Hiding God’s Word in Your Story

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.