Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fridays Are For Forums

Drum Roll, please! This week's cheerleader is....


One and two cheers, three cheers, a dollar.
All for the "Forum" stand up and holler!
Every writer needs a forum for fellowship, fun and fantastic inspiration. Every forum needs writers to make them interesting and effective.
Faithwriters online forum is an inspiration to me. I've posted a few articles in their weekly writing challenges and read many entries as well. The stimulation and feedback are helpful at least. To add business to pleasure, the site offers links to a critique circle, an online university with free and priced c0urses on genre writing, marketplace tips, author showcasing, job linking/referrals, contests and opportunities to become published in their magazines and books as well as a variety of interactive writing lessons.
You can also track your favorite Faithwriters authors via your own Faithwriters inbox. Of course, there are different levels of membership and service, so you will want to click on all the links to see how what they offer matches your goals.
Whether or not you participate in the challenges and contests is entirely up to you but I highly recommend that all Christian writers join a forum of some type. It's motivating, entertaining and educational. Oh, did I forget to mention "fun"?
Previously,I'd been too busy to browse their pages but went over there today to see what the new challenge will be for the next round. They're on hiatus until July. I decided to click around the website a bit and found way more than I ever remembered seeing when I became a member of this forum. I've decided that I need to make wise use of the money and time I invested and take advantage more of the opportunities provided. Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://www.faithwriters.com/
I've joined other online forums as well. Each one is unique and offers their own specialized areas of training and community to writers. (I'm in several for homeschooling as well.)
If you are an aspiring writer, or an already published author, think about it: forums and you are a good match. The give and take is an important part of community that writers sometimes miss in their physical communities. Birds of a feather flock together. Faithwriters is a good place to flock. Maybe I will see you there.
Here's where some of my fellow Faithwriter Friends' blogs can be found:
http://terri-treasures.blogspot.com/ Terri Tiffany, Inspirational Writer and Founder of Clermont Christian Writers Group. Faithwriters Challenge Winner.
http://shirleymcclay.com/ Shirley McClay, fellow blogger and Facebook friend, Faithwriters Challenge Winner.
http://www.donnas-stories.blogspot.com/ Donna Kohlstrom, Short story writer and fellow member of Clermont Christian Writers, Faithwriters Contributor.

8 comments:

Damaria Senne said...

It sounds like a very interesting place. i'm sure it will help you take your writing to the next level.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thanks for the plug for my blog!

I have to admit that I've been away from the Faithwriters site for awhile, but plan on getting back on and involved.

JoJo Tabares said...

I've heard about them. Thanks for the review. I haven't had time to get over there. As soon as my book is done, I might have more time to take a peek. Thanks!

BeckyJoie at Leaders in Learning said...

You're welcome, Donna. They are looking for judges right now. I just discovered the weekly challenges are in jeopardy. Boo Hoo.

Deb said...

BeckyJoie, thanks for the wonderful endorsement of FaithWriters. It's a gem of a site for Christian writers (and readers), which is why I'm still working alongside the owner, Scott Lindsay, after all these years.

Never fear about the Challenge, though. I had a great response to my plea for new volunteers, and we'll definitely be back in action on Thursday with a fresh theme and a new topic. (Yay!)

Hope you're coming to the Conference in August.

With love, Deb Porter
FaithWriters.com

BeckyJoie at Leaders in Learning said...

Deb, Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. And I am so excited to hear that the writer's weekly challenge is safe! I can't wait to try one again. So you hear that, readers, come on over to Faithwriters and keep me company. :>) See you there!

Terri Tiffany said...

Thanks for the link! I signed up to judge again at FW as I would hate to see the challenges end! I loved them!

BeckyJoie at Leaders in Learning said...

Terri, You are so modest that I never knew. LOL. I knew you won challenges and had been printed in their materials but I never had a clue you were a judge. It shows how on the ball I am. LOL.