Upcoming Writers’ Conference in Lancaster County


Are you an aspiring writer seeking to hone skills, become market savvy, consult personally with editors/authors—all on a budget? Then join us at Lancaster Christian WritersSuper Saturday 2016!! April 16th, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601. This one-day writers conference offers a dual track of workshops in fiction and non-fiction. Early registration price of $50 is due by Wednesday, April 13, and includes soup/sandwich buffet lunch and LCW membership. Registrations after April 13 and walk-ins day of the conference are $60.

Non-fiction faculty include writers conference director and author Marsha Hubler, professional writer/editor Hana Haatainen Caye, transformational speaker and novelist Tracy Higley, and award-winning Toastmaster speaker and author Michele Chynoweth. A fiction track will be taught by award-winning novelists Gayle Roper, Mike Dellosso, and Dwight Kopp.

Workshops cover such topics as:

  • Can You Say Satisfying? Creating the Inspiring Moment.
  • Keep ‘Em Wide-Eyed! Sure-Fire Techniques for Writing Hi-Octane Suspense
  • From Book to Bestseller: You Are Your Own Best Publicist
  • The Delicate Art of Creating Villains
  • Non-fiction That Sells: Making Your Article or Book Irresistible to Editors
  • Style: Uncovering Voice and the Power of Identity.
  • The Business of Writing: Making Money as a Freelance Writer.
  • Impactivity: Pursuing Your Writing Dream with Passion, Balance, and Joy

A conference bookstore will offer a wide variety of writer resources and faculty titles. Personal consultations with faculty are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Author/editor/conference director Marlene Bagnull and award-winning novelist/collaborative writer Jeanette Windle are among auxiliary faculty offering personal consultations.

More information, including the Super Saturday 2016 Flyer/Registration Form and Press Release can be found at Lancaster Christian Writers Today (http://lancasterchristianwriterstoday.blogspot.com/) OR email LCW president Jeanette Windle at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com.

Mail Super Saturday 2016 registration form (or relevant info) and check or money order payable to: Lancaster Christian Writers, c/o Jeanette Windle, 1776 Euclid Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. For credit card/PayPal payment, request invoice at jeanette@jeanettewindle.com (preferred) or call 717-209-0011 after 4 PM.

I have attended LCW’s Super Saturday conferences for the past three years and am already registered to attend this one!  I always learn something helpful or make a valuable new contact or make a new friend, and I have heard all but one of these speakers before and they do an excellent job!  So, if you write or want to write and live in or near Lancaster County, plan to join us for this Super Saturday Writers’ Conference!

My New Favorite Local Place

A friend of mine told me about a great cafe in our county.  It’s about a half hour drive from where I live, but it is so worth the drive.  If you are a bookish person or a writer or both, like me, you would love it too.

It’s called The Rabbit and the Dragonfly.  It is a coffee shop and bookstore and its decor speaks of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings.  The food is quite tasty.  I love how many of the menu items are named after characters in The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings.

The staff was quite welcoming and friendly to my son and I when we visited Tuesday a week ago.  We even got a tour of the entire place without requesting one.  I asked permission to take photos because I fell in love with the decor and certain things really caught my eye.


The above photo is a corner in the cafe set up to look just like the area where C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the rest of the Inklings would meet in a pub in England.


If you are familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia, the above photo needs no explanation.


A Narnian shield (above)


A map of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  (above)


They have been open one year!  They hung a banner to celebrate.  (above)


Totally love this display of an old typewriter spewing the first twenty-two pages of (I believe Dave told us) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Love this unique bookshelf that holds works by the Inklings.


As you enter and exit, you can see Mr. and Mrs. Beaver!

I cannot wait to go back to The Rabbit and the Dragonfly again, and again, and again, and again, and . . .

I want to sit there and write.

They also have cool special events.  Click the blue highlighted tag of The Rabbit and the Dragonfly in the upper part of this post to visit their website and see all that they offer, and if you’re a Bookish person, a writer or both and are ever in Lancaster county, you won’t want to miss a trip to The Rabbit and the Dragonfly!