CWF 2018 Schedule

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January 6

  • Devotions by Joyce Love (Chapter 20, “Use Your Eyes and Ears”)
  • Lesson: “Quality Not Quantity” by Sandy Jordan
  • Small Group Edits
  • Membership Dues, $15 (Deadline is February 1, 2018!)
  • New officers start in their positions

February 3

  • Devotions by Julie-Anne Harlan (Chapter 21, “Watch Your Tongue”)
  • Lesson: “Prayer and the Writer” by Barbara Gordon
  • Large Group Critiques
  • Conference Registrations

March 3

  • Devotions by Becky McDonald (Chapter 22, “Be Cautious”)
  • Conference Planning
  • Small Group Edits
  • Conference Registrations


May 5

  • Devotions by Barbara Gordon (Chapter 23, “Hope”)
  • Lesson: TBA by Julie-Anne Harlan
  • Small Group Edits
  • Brainstorming
  • Conference Evaluation

June 2

  • Devotions by Orville Jordan (Chapter 24, “Apply Your Heart”)
  • Lesson: “Storytelling” by Julane Hiebert
  • Large Group Critiques

July 7

  • Devotions by Amy Bellairs (Chapter 25, “Cut Those Words”)
  • Lesson: “Editing” by Jena Feller
  • Small Group Edits

August 4

  • Devotions by Neoma Foreman (Chapter 26, “Don’t Be Wise in Your Own Eyes”)
  • Lesson: “Flash Fiction” by Sandy Jordan
  • Small Group Edits

September 1

  • Devotions by Carol Russell (Chapter 27, “Help One Another”) (To be held during lunch at Papa Don’s)
  • Field Trip to Lowell Milken Center (10 AM) and Old Fort in Fort Scott (1 PM)…Bring your spouse/friend!
  • Small Group Edits
  • Brainstorming

October 6

  • Devotions by Julane Hiebert (Chapter 28, “Get Busy and Work”)
  • Lesson: “Tips on Selling a Magazine Article” by Neoma Foreman
  • Large Group Critiques
  • Sign-ups for devotions
  • List of Members for 2 years

November 3

  • Devotions by Julie-Anne Harlan (Chapter 29, “Stop and Think”)
  • Lesson: “Writing Devotions from Personal Experience” by Joyce Love
  • Small Group Edits
  • Membership Dues
  • Plan for Christmas Party
  • Sign-ups for Lessons
  • Nominations for Officers

December 1

  • Devotions by Jim Bellairs (Chapter 30, “Speak Up”)
  • Christmas Party
  • Small Group Edits
  • Elect officers
  • Membership Dues ($15)



Meetings are held at 9:30 AM at the House of Prayer Church in Riverton, Kansas. The church is located straight south of Pittsburg on Hwy 69.

*All current members are encouraged to bring 5 to 10 copies of no more than five (5) double-spaced pages of something they would like critiqued.

**Devotions are from Writers’ Devotions to Go, written by LeAnn Campbell.

Please note: we currently can not accept payment online. Please email us at for the address to mail dues to.


September Book Review, featuring Jane Landreth (written by Neoma Foreman)

Jane Landreth Writes for the Lord

By Neoma Foreman

Endurance and perseverance are words that describe Jane Landreth, a freelance writer with over 40 years of writing experience. She has published seven children’s books, one being Kid’s Guide to Bible Animals.

The Kid’s Guide to Bible Animals has over 100 fascinating entries and lists every Bible animal, bird, and insect—from antelopes to worms. The book is perfect for reading with your child before bedtime. Many of the stories end with a “Did you Know. . .” which is a conversation starter about God’s greatness in nature and can lead to the child realizing God loves them even more than the animals.

Another book, Gems of Nature, is a devotional book of remembrance when she truly felt God’s love reach down as she observed the precious gifts from God’s world of nature.

Jane has written over 3000 stories, articles, games, puzzles and various manuscripts which are published in religious magazines. She has edited a Christian school first-grade reading program and co-authored seven creative idea books. She has also written, and continues to write, several children’s Bible curriculums and a newspaper column. Some of her material has been translated into various languages such as Russian, Romanian, Haitian, Creole and Spanish. She taught writing at Ozark Technical College in Springfield, MO, and taught “Writing Your Memoirs” at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS.  For ten years, Jane taught three college level writing classes for the Institute of Children’s Literature, a distant-learning school in CT.

Traveling three times to Belarus (Old Soviet Country), Jane taught church teachers and leaders how to write Bible material for their children’s classes. She has a passion for reaching especially children for the Lord.

She continues writing and you can find her books on Amazon.

These are the books she has written:

  • Bible Prayers for Bedtime
  • Bible Miracles for Bedtime
  • Bible Animal Stories for Bedtime.
  • Kid’s Guide to Bible Animals
  • Bedtime Bible Stories
  • Creations and Bible Animals
  • Sammy, the Too-Small Squirrel
  • Gems of Nature



August Book Review, featuring Julane Hiebert (written by Barbara Gordon)

Brides of a Feather Trilogy
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“He didn’t come. Now you’re alone. We told you so. Now you’re alone.”

From that first paragraph in the Brides of a Feather Trilogy, to the last word in the final book, Julane Hiebert captures life on the prairie in the late 1800s through her charming writing style. The Christian historical novels are published by Wings of Hope Publishing Group. The paperback books range from 248-326 pages. They are also available on Kindle.

The story centers around the Wenghold sisters, Robin, Lark, and Wren. Upon their father’s passing, the girls inherited an overwhelming debt. An uncle they have never met offers help—going to Kansas to work on his cattle ranch. Each of the three books, named for the main character, chronicles the struggles Robin, Lark, and Wren endure as they move one by one. The plot is engaging and believable. You will grow to love each girl as you identify with the hard lessons they learn. Be assured, the surprise developments will keep you engaged throughout the series.

Not only is Julane skilled in crafting a compelling story, but this cowboy’s daughter’s scenery descriptions compel the reader to share her love of the prairie. Her depiction of the environmental beauty and dangers in the west will transport you to the very scene of action.

If you are looking for romance, a hint of mystery, and adventure, these books should find their way into your library. The antics of her ordinary not-too-perfect characters will delight you to the very end.

Brides of a Feather trilogy (Amazon)


July Book Review, featuring Neoma Foreman (written by Sally U. Smith)

Gold Mine for History Buffs

Book Review by Sally U. Smith

Local historian Neoma Foreman has put together a three-volume set of The Walker Herald from 1892-1931. Foreman transcribed these books from old newspaper copies which now are not available. Each book is about 150 pages and contains an every-name index.

These volumes are a fantastic find for those who had relatives in Walker, Missouri, and Vernon County, Missouri. Even though you may not have any known family ties, the books are a fun read.

These books provide a gold mine of information for the history buff. They are a portal to the past of everyday life in small towns during this period. Authors of historical fiction and nonfiction will also find these books useful in their research. The set is a steal for $45.

You may obtain the complete three-volume set of The 1892-1931Walker Herald by writing: Cedar/Vernon County Genealogy Society, c/o Neoma Foreman, 14695 S. C Hwy, Walker, MO 64790. Please write the check to: Cedar/Vernon County Genealogy Society for $50 which includes the price of the set and shipping.





Neoma Foreman also tackled a gathering of fragments of information about the Vernon County Schools. From her research, she has written two books. The first is a 251-page book entitled Readin’, ‘Ritin’, ‘n’ ‘Rithmetic: The Story of Vernon County’s Country Schools. This book divulges many hard-to-find facts about the 130-rural-one-room schools of Vernon County, Missouri from their beginning to their close in the 1950’s. The tome contains an every-name index which is handy for the researcher or the curious.

For a mere $25, Readin’, Ritin’, ‘n’ Rithmetic can be bought. Make your checks payable to: Vernon County Historical Society and mail payment to: Bushwhacker Museum, 231 North Main, Nevada, MO 64772.

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A second book of educational history by Neoma Foreman is Walker High School, Home of the Purple and Gold. This treasure contains many pictures of the students and school. The 80-page history of WHS covers the years from 1882 to 1992. You can obtain your own copy for $15. Make the check payable to: Walker School Alumni and mail it: c/o Neoma Foreman, 14695 S. C Hwy, Walker, MO 64790.

Walker High School 1883-1992 Book (2)

Neoma Foreman has also written two other history books. Both are out of print. However, if you and other history buffs cannot get enough, Foreman can get these books when she receives twenty orders. Check with her about the details of the books.

2018 Conference Recap


April 5-7, 2018

Motel check-in begins at 3 PM.
Conference Registration 4:30-5:30 PM


Change of Venue!
La Quinta Motel
2410 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS


Conference Registration

Conference registration includes one meal Thursday night. Friday meals will be attendees’ choice, with a 90-minute break for lunch.

Ask for the Called to Write Christian Fellowship rate (expires March 15) to book a room at the La Quinta Motel for $95/night (before tax).

Email to request a registration form.

Conference Registration (does not include lodging):
CWF Members: $60 before 3/1/2018, $70 after 3/1/2018
Non-Members: $70 before 3/1/2018, $80 after 3/1/2018




jennifer slattery

Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, “Beyond I Do”, releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin’ it to the Streets’, a ministry serving Omaha Metro’s working poor and homeless. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.

SPECIAL NOTE: Jennifer is the acquiring and managing editor for Women’s Fiction for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is especially looking for new writers of Women’s Fiction to contract. If you have a manuscript ready, this will be the time to present it.


carol moncado


Carol Gammel Moncado–When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, USA Today Bestselling Author Carol Moncado prefers binge watching pretty much anything to working out. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not hanging out with her hubby, four kids, and two dogs who weigh less than most hard cover books, she’s probably reading in her Southwest Missouri home. Summers find her at the local aquatic center with her four fish, er, kids. Fall finds her doing the band mom thing. Winters find her snuggled into a blanket in front of a fire with the dogs. Spring finds her sneezing and recovering from the rest of the year. She used to teach American Government at a community college, but her indie career, with nearly two dozen titles released in the first 2.5 years, has allowed her to write full time. She’s a founding member and former President of MozArks ACFW, blogger at InspyRomance, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.


Neoma Foreman

Neoma Foreman–Drawing on her love of history and community, Neoma Foreman has compiled and written four history books and a book, Remember our Veterans with over seventy stories of local veterans she has interviewed. These have all been published. She has two weekly columns in the local newspaper and has about a thousand children stories and articles published. She is an active member in her church, Christian Writers Fellowship, DAR, and local historical and genealogical societies.


carol sharp

Carol Sharp is a curriculum and devotional writer, speaker and women’s Bible teacher. She is the wife of an accountant, mother of four married children and grandmother of ten. She and her husband enjoy traveling, mission trips, camping, and bicycling together. They began beekeeping in 2017. In her spare time she loves to sew.




All manuscripts for critique are to be submitted with registrations by March 1, 2018, to Julane Hiebert at (be sure to indicate “manuscript for critique 2018 conference” in subject line of email). Send payments to Julane Hiebert, 350 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS, 66846.

The fee for critiques does not benefit CWF but will be given to each one providing the critique. Mark on the registration form which speaker you wish to have critique your manuscript.


Jennifer Slattery:

Fiction: Will accept five (5) critiques

Maximum 10 pages, double spaced. Submit electronically as an attachment. Do NOT submit in the body of the e-mail. $25

Carol Gammel Moncado:

Fiction: Will accept ten (10) critiques OR mentoring sessions

Maximum 10 pages, double spaced. Submit electronically as an attachment. Do NOT submit in the body of the e-mail. $25

Carol is also willing to do mentoring sessions for those who would just like to talk about their writing, are intimidated by editors or agents, just need some encouragement, etc.



Conference Schedule:



Writing Contest:

Adult Nonfiction: Limit 1,200 words

Adult Fiction: Limit 1,500 words

Devotional: Limit 500 words

Poetry (rhymed or free verse): Limit one single-spaced page

Children’s Nonfiction: Limit 1,200 words

Children’s Fiction: Limit 1,500 words

– Entrants must be registered for the conference.
– Submit only entries which are unpublished and have not previously won a CWF award. – Submit one hard (paper) copy in standard manuscript format—typed, one side only.
– Only one entry per category. A $5.00 fee is required for each entry.
– Include a cover sheet with title, category, author’s name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number. Do NOT put author’s name on manuscript.
– Entries not in compliance with procedures and rules will be disqualified. – Send contest entries to Julane Hiebert, 350 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS, 66846. Payment for contest entries should be included in the registration payment. Submissions for contest will not be accepted until proof of payment.

Prize in each category:

$15.00 for 1st place, $10.00 for 2nd, $5.00 for 3rd

Read-Around Groups:

To be decided

Books for Sale:

Due to the rising cost of books, we will only have writing and research books that we’ve previously purchased for sale, as many of them can be ordered individually cheaper than we can offer them.

Our guest speakers and our local CWF member authors will be selling books and will be available for book signings. All book sales by speakers and CWF members are subject to a 15% consignment fee. (Must be a current paid member by January 31, 2018, in order to sell books.)

There will also be some used books that attendees may ‘buy’ with a voluntary donation.



Please note: we currently can not accept payment online.