November 19 Webinar: A Way with Word

Our next webinar, on Tuesday, November 19, with Andy Scheer is: “A Way with Word: Manuscript Formatting Shortcuts.” Discover easy ways to dress your manuscript for success. Learn to set up a document so it automatically uses correct professional formatting. Also: how to use and customize features on your toolbar what’s under the dropdown menus […]

Operation First Novel Judging

The first panel of judges has finished its screening of entries received by September 9. The top twenty novels have gone to the second-round judges, who will select up to ten semifinalists by the end of November. Look for the list of semifinalists in December’s WordSmith, as well as the CWG website. The winner of […]

Guild Office Relocating


The Christian Writers Guild and Believers Press staff are preparing to relocate on Monday, November 11, to a more suitable office in Colorado Springs. The new address will be 5585 Erindale Drive, Suite 200, Colorado Springs  CO 80918. Phone and fax numbers will not change. On Monday, November 11, the office telephone, computer, and email […]

Welcome to October

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Here is your WordSmith newsletter. Have you had recent publishing success that you’d like to share with your fellow Guild members? Send your writing news (with a recent color portrait photo as an attached .jpg file) to We appreciate your comments on this newsletter. Let us hear from you. Trouble Viewing? To view the […]

October 16 Webinar: Thick-Skinned Fiction Clinic with Jerry B. Jenkins

This webinar is one of the Christian Writers Guild’s most popular presentations. Jerry evaluates the first page of each of six randomly selected fiction samples and shows you: the details editors always notice how he would edit each sample what works and what doesn’t While Jerry feels he owes each writer an honest and constructive […]

New Craftsman Class Begins in November

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Novelists, if you have what it takes, we invite you to master your writing in the Guild’s most demanding course: Craftsman-level fiction. The 12 students selected need passion, commitment, and determination. In this one-year, 12-lesson course, you’ll: take your novel from proposal to the finished page get exclusive instruction from your mentor receive in-depth coaching […]

Kathy Tyers Named Newest Craftsman Mentor

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Jerry B. Jenkins is pleased to announce the appointment of New York Times bestselling novelist Kathy Tyers as the mentor for the Christian Writers Guild’s next Craftsman class, which begins this November. Kathy Tyers has published eleven novels in the Christian and general markets, including two authorized novels for the Star Wars expanded universe, and […]

Operation First Novel 2013 Deadline

CWG members who’ve not yet had a book with a traditional publisher — and whose membership runs through February 2014 — may enter. New members must join by August 15, and entries must be received by September 3. For full contest rules, click here.

Save on Social Media Resources

Register by July 15 for the eight-lesson Building Your Social Media Platform class and receive as a free bonus three CWG webinars on publicity, promotion, and using Facebook — a $75 value! When you register for Building Your Social Media Platform, we’ll send you the online codes so you can download these three informative sessions: […]

Award for Operation First Novel Winner

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Award for Operation First Novel Winner Congratulations to 2011 Operation First Novel winner Peter Leavell. At the recent International Christian Retail Show he received Christian Retailing’s Best Award for first-time authors for his novel Gideon’s Call. Voters for the awards included Christian retailers, publishers, and other engaged in the Christian products industry. They were asked […]