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At each of our regular meetings, we need volunteers to provide light refreshments and also to write up a short program summary to be posted on the CCW blog. If you would like to help in one of these areas at an upcoming meeting, check the schedule below and then drop an email to:

2013 Meeting Schedule & Location

June 15 - Dianna T. Benson, CCW member, shares her insights and experience as the recipient of a nine-book contract from Ellechor Press.

August 10 - Practice pitches, polish your one-sheets, and garner some tips on how to prepare for the annual ACFW Conference in September.

October 12 - Katherine Englebrecht with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library will speak about how authors can best utilize library resources.

December 14 - TBA (CCW Christmas party?)

Meetings are 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fire Station #9 Community Room
1020 Ivey Cline Road
Concord, NC

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When you turn off Poplar Tent Road onto Ivey Cline Road, pass the fire station and immediately turn right at the large "Community Room Parking" sign. Follow the drive all the way around to the parking area at the rear of the station. The community room entrance faces north on the Poplar Tent Road end of the building.

Do you have program ideas for 2014?

Now's the time to email your suggestions, especially if you have connections with available speakers!

With certain exceptions due to holidays or facility conflicts, our meetings are normally scheduled for the second Saturday of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December). We'll publish next year's meeting dates sometime in the next few weeks.

2013 Chapter Officers

Myra Johnson, President
Mary Urban, Vice President
Sandra Ardoin, Secretary
Dora Hiers, Treasurer

Find Carolina Christian Writers online at our Website and also Facebook and Twitter:

June Meeting Speaker:
CCW Member Dianna T. Benson

Dianna BensonJoin us on Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2-4 p.m., to hear Dianna speak on "Earning your Dream Publishing Contract and Surviving Until Your First Book Releases"
A nine-book contracted suspense author, Dianna will offer tips to unpublished writers and current uncontracted published authors on how to continue to believe in yourself as a writer and push toward the goal of publishing in today's industry, then how to survive once you've signed your contract.
Dianna will share her experience and insights regarding:

  • How to deal with rejection productively
  • What to expect from the contract negotiation process
  • Working with your editor
  • Understanding what's your job and what's your publisher's responsibility
  • Being aware of the basics of the distribution process
  • Marketing your new release while working on the copy edits and galleys on your next release while writing your next book, all while having the additional six books in your contract in your head!

Dianna T. Benson is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. Her first book, The Hidden Son, released in print world-wide March 1, 2013. View the book trailer here.

After majoring in communications and a ten-year career as a travel agent, Dianna left the travel industry to earn her EMS degree. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, she loves the adrenaline rush of responding to medical emergencies and helping people in need. Her suspense novels about adventurous characters thrown into tremendous circumstances provide readers with a similar kind of rush.

Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three athletic children. Website:

Member News
Congratulations to Lynette Eason and Deanna Klingel, CCW members who finaled in the Selah Awards!

"To Heaven and Back," a story by Ann Knowles, appears in Cecil Murphey's and Twila Belk's new book, I Believe in Heaven.  Ann's article, "Prayer Patterns," is included in the July 2013 issue of Missions Mosaic. The magazine consists of 28 devotions about real people and how they tell His story. Ann will also be on the staff for the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference July 31- Aug. 3.

Joanne Meusburger is happy to announce that her historical romance novel No Turning Back will be published this fall by Ambassador International.

Marie Wells Coutu announces June 15 as the release date for her novel For Such a Moment. It's the story of Esther re-imagined in a contemporary setting. An American CEO’s wife has forsaken her mixed heritage and enjoys her comfortable life. But she learns his company is poisoning the water in her home country by using illegal pesticides. Revealing secrets from her childhood could save lives—or destroy her already troubled marriage. Published by Write Integrity Press and available at or from Amazon.

Myra Johnson and Dora Hiers will present a workshop entitled "Creating Characters that Come Alive" as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library's Adult Summer Reading Program at the following times and locations:

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
North County Regional Library, Huntersville, NC

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Sugar Creek Library, Charlotte, NC

Monday, July 1, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
South County Regional Library, Charlotte, NC

In addition to the above, catch Dora Hiers speaking on "Social Media: Are You Connected?"
Tuesday, June 25, 6-7:30
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard Charlotte, NC

Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30
South County Regional Library
801 Rea Road, Charlotte NC

Thursday, July 25, 6-7:30
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive, Charlotte NC

Tuesday, July 30, 6-7:30
North County Regional Library
16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville NC

Dora will also be on hand for a "Meet the Authors" book signing on Sunday, July 28, 3:45-4:45, at the Church & Synagogue Library Association Annual Conference, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, North Carolina. Sandra Ardoin joins the "Meet the Authors" panel at the same time on Monday, July 29.

Other News of Interest
WRITE TO CREATE, an all-day workshop for both aspiring and published writers, to be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites conference room in Raleigh, NC, on June 15, 9:30 AM—4 PM. Breakfast, coffee, and chocolate for attendees. The workshop begins with determining specific writing interest/skills by taking the unique Writing Profile Quiz, followed by segments on creating a winning query letter, proposal writing, character development, and the nuts and bolts of the industry. From 2 to 3 PM, local authors offer Q & A. A book signing concludes the event.

Sign up now at:
Local published fiction or non-fiction (book) authors, contact Alice Wisler at if you'd like to participate in the Q & A and book signing.

The June Contest Update is up in Seekerville. Check out Category 5, sponsored by Writers on the Storm, ACFW chapter in The Woodlands, TX.

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