Association of Christian Writers

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SallyT
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Female
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Writer of Children's Fiction



Sarah Macfarlane
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Sharman Jeffries
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Female
65 years old
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 I am now retired as a psychologist but still maintain a consultancy and support role.  I desire to write a blog sending out encouragement and insight to bring others up into a lighter life. My own writing came out of a need to pour out the deep emotions that had been festering inside me for years.  I see the benefit of journalling and keeping close to the Lord by writing to Him. He is gracious enough to write back - loving, kind, encourageing and always steadfast no matter how fickle I may be!  

I have written for Woman Alive in the past and contributed to other writing and counselling outlets.   We opened our house as a retreat facility for three years but now only welcome family and friends.

Previously my psychology work was as follows:

Many of the clients I support/train/mentor are people who sense that they are 'square pegs' trying to fit into our society andculture's 'round holes'. They are often highly gifted in an area that is not highly valued by those around them. Because of areas in life they struggle with, they may suspect they are dyslexic, dyspraxic, have attentional controlissues (ADD/ADHD), or be an 'Aspie' (Aspergers syndrome). They may have been assessed and given one such label or even a combination or all of them! To me an individual has their own unique profile, background, abilities andchallenges: being neurodiverse is about being different rather than dysfunctional.

 I first aim to assist the person accept themselves as they are - background,cognitive make up, particular strengths, weaknesses, differences to others,cross cultural issues - ... find out what their dreams, visions and goals are then design ways of heading towards their goals.  We can work together on self management and emotional control using cognitive behavioural coaching/therapy, compassion focussed therapy and mindfulness and attend to supporting their abilities and neurodiversity.  I can assist them to understand their type of personality and communication and relational styles (e.g. NEO-PI-R). I can be there during times of transition and challenge (by email, phone, Skype) as well as regular face to face meetings.

 




Sharon
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Female
57 years old

Sheila Johnson
Member
Female
60 years old
About Me

I have been writing since a teenager, initially poetry but then in 2000, after selling a front page article to the Gloucestershire Echo, I decided to train as a journalist. I qualified in 2002 and then worked as a freelancer with Gloucestershire Media for a couple of years. I continued to write the occasional article for them after this as well as becoming a regular contributor to the Christian Herald. On the demise of the latter, I became a regular contributor to the replacement magazine, CPO's Inspire. I have also written for Woman Alive, Classic Ford, the New Writer and various other local and national publications.

In 2012 I won second prize in a writing competition run by Christian publisher, Rose and Crown. I hope to have my novella 'the Alpha Male' published this summer and am currently working on a larger historical novel. I also still write articles, poems and short stories.



Steve Bishop
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Male
About Me

Writing, other than for work-purposes within a civil service department, hadn't been on my agenda ... until recently.  But through a series of God-driven circumstances it's now a significant feature of my time/energies.  

Having to use the self-publishing route  for spiritual-growth material to emerge in book form has also been a steep learning-curve.   However the result, in physical terms so far, has been three books:   Dialogue with a Donkey (looking at the incident involving Balaam),  Fleeces Fears and Flames (exploring the life of Gideon), and  Focusing beyond the Horizon (learning from Samuel about God's perspective).   All are listed on Amazon.

In all of this experience being sensitive to God has, and continues, to be a vital element.  Hope that this presents a 'flavour' of where things are 'at' with me at the moment ... a work in progress!  




Steve Townsend
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Male
52 years old
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Sue Morton
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Female
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Susan Sanderson
Member
Female
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Hello, I joined ACW in 2014.  I have been writing on and off all my life. Minutes of meetings, press reports for the WI, announcements for the parish magazine. I did a correspondence course on writing for children around twenty years ago and won a prize at county level in a WI competition with a children's story. However I became discouraged by repeated rejections.

My interests include science and languages. I am married with two grown-up children (both married) and three grandchildren. I returned to writing in 2012 by starting a blog. Now I have three blogs and enough material for more than one book. 

I am also working on a book.

I attend a 'local' group of Christian writers and hope to meet some more ACW members later this year.

 



Ann G. Callender
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Female
70 years old

Anne Booth
Member
Female
53 years old
About Me

I am married to Graeme with four teenage children. I love writing and find writing in a prayer journal to be very helpful. After two MAs (p/t and gained ten years apart) (Creative Writing and Children's Literature) and doing lots of jobs, including  5 years of being a carer for my mum until she passed away in May 2014, I am grateful to God that I have an agent and have now published two children's books. I am trying to use my writing gifts to further the values of the Kingdom of God and to promote Love and Justice and Compassion. My first, 'Girl with a White Dog' (Catnip) (9-12 yrs) was published in March 2014 and has been nominated for the Carnegie and other children's awards. My second 'Lucy's Secret Reindeer' (O.U.P.) (5-8 yrs) was published in Oct 2014.  My first picture book for Nosy Crow (The Fairiest Fairy), ilustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, will be published in June 2015 and I am editing my second picture book for them. My second book for Catnip 'Dog Ears', about a young carer, should be out in April 2015, and my second book for OUP 'Lucy's Magic Snowglobe" in October 2015, so I feel very blessed and slightly run off my feet after many many years of not being published ! I am 50 in 2015 and have always wanted to be a writer, and being a late starter has made me very happy and not take naything for granted! I have completed a novel for adults which I would love to have published, but life is so busy with family life and writing children's books I have to put that in God's hands. I tweet as @Bridgeanne and have found twitter a great blessing and help to getting published.



Annette
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Female
51 years old
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Cheryl MacKeown
Member
Female
66 years old
About Me

     I am a recently retired teacher.  I now have time to pursue many of the creative projects I had to put on hold while employed.  These include some children's story books, some meditations, some poetry and a bible study on Isaiah, particularly considering imagery used and how it fits into scripture as a whole.  I am thoroughly enjoying this time of freedom to experiment and explore.

     As for other interests, I also enjoy visual art work and am trying my hand at this as well.  Two of our three daughters have a variety of special needs which have led to my involvement in advocacy, education and social services for people with these challenges.  Gardening, family, reading, church groups and a bit of travelling fill the rest of my time. 

 



Chris Leonard
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Female
About Me

My 20th book is currently in CWR's publishing pipeline ready for Christmas 2013. I started in 1989 with biographies -  several 'ghosted' - wrote some children's books and latterly some adult devotionals for SPCK. I've written articles, poetry, local history and done many BIble notes for BRF's 'Day by Day with God' plus some for CWR's 'Inspiring Women Every Day'.

As a past committee member and Vice-President of ACW, I had to lead writing courses and workshops, which showed me how much I enjoyed helping other people's confidence to grow through their writing.  For a decade now I have led four secular writing groups and Summer Writing Days in mid-Surrey,  where I live, plus several creative writing holidays per year, mainly in Christian venues. Details of all this, and my books, can be found on www.chris-leonard-writing.co.uk



Christine
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Female
63 years old

Claire Musters
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Female
About Me

Having been a book editor for 18 years, and written a book during that time, I have recently started concentrating on writing more since having my two kids. I now write regularly for magazines and bible study guides, work with others who ask me to help them with their own books and am also developing some further book ideas of my own. I am also enjoying editing Christian books much more regularly so am open to anyone who wants to employ my editorial services too! :) My website is www.clairemusters.com and you can email me at [email protected]

I have become a pastor's wife in the last couple of years (after my husband switched professions - he used to be a music producer) and my other passions are worship and seeing people reach their potential.



David Grieve
Member
Male
67 years old
About Me

Priest and Poet, Husband, Father and Grandfather

Married to Jane who is also a Priest, in charge of three parishes

I am medically retired but as active in ministry as I can be.

I read Theology (East and West), Poetry, Historical Fiction, Classics and Contemporary.

I visit churches in Romania where I am Trustee of a small charity J.A.R.S.




Corin Child
Member
Male
About Me

I'm a church minister in King's Lynn. Much of my writing is connected with church ministry, although I enjoy writing fiction most of all (it's just finding the time!) I have been on the ACW committee for a few years, and I'm married with 3 children.



David Rhodes
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Male

David Thornton
Member
Male
68 years old
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