Back on Track

TrainAs I write this post, I can hear a train whistle echoing in the distance and it seems an appropriate analogy of the resurgence of the Northwest Christian Writers Association Blog.  After lying dormant for a time, it’s getting back on track and making its presence known.

I’m honored to be the new coordinator for the blog and I’m excited to be part of this important resource.

The main goal for the blog is to be a go-to source for the writing world at large and extend the NWCA’s reputation for excellence.

It will be a place to find extended information on events, meetings, and learn more about NCWA members.  It will also contain articles about various writing journeys, tools we can all use to improve our writing, tips on getting our stories published from all the sides involved, and other topics related to our writing.

Where will this information and encouragement come from?   From authors, editors, publishers, and others in the writing profession who have knowledge and experience in their fields and lives.   This includes members of the Northwest Christian Writers Association.  Not only do we want to provide resources for our members in their writing journey, but we also want members to be a resource for others.  You need to do what you do best —  write.  Write about the tools you find most helpful, write about what you do to overcome writer’s block, write about what you’ve learned in your journey of publishing your work, write a review of a great workshop or conference you’ve attended.  There’s so much knowledge you have that can help others, so dig deep and write. The NCWA blog needs you to add your unique voice.

If you want to write, but can’t think of a good topic, I can provide you with a few from which to choose.  How about a bio of another NCWA member or reviewing an on-line video?  There are plenty of ideas.

Why should you personally consider being a guest writer?  There are benefits for you personally, here are just three:

  1. Publication
    Getting your work to the reading public and adding to your writing portfolio is always a good thing.
  2. Name Recognition
    Build your expertise, reputation, and your brand even before you publish your current work in progress.
  3. Get your own website more visitors
    If you have your own website and/or blog, writing for another blog can drive more visitors to your site.

There are certainly more benefits.  I’d love for you to share in the comments section other ones you think are important.

Even if you choose not to write any guest blog posts, you can still partner with us.  You can read the blog on a regular basis, make comments, and reshare posts on your social media.  It helps reach more readers and more contributors.

Drawing on the train analogy once more,  I’m asking you to add your experience and expertise to the long line of cars that are lining up and pulling out of the station towards our destination.

Ready to get started?  Click here for submission guidelines

Have a question?  Feel free to ask them in the comments section.

Want to be assigned a topic?  Send an e-mail with your request to:

WELCOME ABOARD! I look forward to working with you and sharing your story.


Pamburnbrightprofileela J. Dickey is the Coordinator for the Northwest Christian Writers Association Blog.  She is a speaker, writer, personal consultant, and training facilitator. Founder of Burn Bright Coaching, she draws on her background as a personal and career development coach, certified corporate trainer, and ordained minister to equip her clients and audiences to discover and pursue their life’s purpose — personal, professional, and spiritual — to help them Burn Bright.


2013 Workshops Revisited: “Character Dynamics: Bring ‘Em to Life” by Ocieana Fleiss

Missed a workshop at the conference? Lost your handouts? We’re here to help!

ocienna fleissAt NCWA’s Renewal Conference, Ocieanna presented the workshop: “Character Dynamics: Bring ‘Em to Life.”

Click here for the “Character Dynamics” handout.

Click here to order CDs from the conference.


Ocieanna Fleiss co-wrote two historical novels, Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana, and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington. A freelance editor for more than 10 years, she also enjoys giving light-hearted advice to fiction writers in the Northwest Christian Author. Click here to visit her website.

2013 Workshops Revisited: Iron Sharpens Iron by Kat Albrecht & Sarah Moser

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Iron Sharpens IronAt NCWA’s recent Renewal Conference,  Kat Albrecht and Sarah Moser conducted the workshop: “Iron Sharpens Iron–Finding the Critique Partner With the Right Stuff.”

Click here for Handout 1 – “What I Want in a Critque Partner.”

Click here for Handout 2 – “What I Don’t Want in a Critique Partner.”

Click here to order CDs from the conference.


Kat Albrecht_ (1)Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization. In 2005, Kat launched the first-ever pet detective academy to train pet detectives from around the world. Kat is a professional speaker who uses her unique story to inspire teens and women to seek God’s presence.  The author of two books, The Lost Pet Chronicles, and Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets, she is currently crafting a YA mystery with the help of Sarah Moser, her critique partner. Click here for Kat’s website. She has been an NCWA member since 2010.


Sarah Gunning Moser Headshot # 2, March 2011Sarah Gunning Moser writes nonfiction articles, personal essays, and maintains a blog on the English language and teaching. Her current WIP include a cozy mystery set in Seattle and a high school English curriculum. An Endorsed Trainer for the internationally-known Spell to Write and Read program, Sarah specializes in reading instruction and remediation for grades K-12. Sarah trains adults to teach English in the historic, scientific way originally taught in the United States, and is a professional speaker and seminar leader whose dream is to see America’s former literacy level restored. Click here for Sarah’s website. She has been an NCWA member since 2010.

2013 Workshops Revisited: “Do’s and Don’ts of Writing for Children” and “Begin and End With a Bang” by Jesse Florea

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Jesse FloreaAt NCWA’s recent Renewal Conference, Jesse Florea conducted two workshops.
Click here for the handout to “Do’s and Don’ts of Writing for Children.”
Click here for the handout to “Begin and End With a Bang.”

Click here to order CDs from the conference.


Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 19 years. For the past 16, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million downloads and is regularly the No. 1 ranked podcast for children and families on iTunes.

2013 Workshops Revisited: “Editors Read Through Book Proposals, NOT Manuscripts“ and “Become a Prolific Writer & Write Less” by Terry Whalin

Missed a workshop at the conference? Lost your handouts? We’re here to help!

 Terry Whalin picAt NCWA’s recent Renewal Conference, Terry conducted two workshops.

Click here for the handout to “Editors Read Through Book Proposals, NOT Manuscripts.”

Click here for the handout to “Become a Prolific Writer & Write Less.”

Click here to order CDs from the conference.


W. Terry Whalin understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and a writer. He worked as a magazine editor and his magazine work has appeared in more than 50 publications and he’s written more than 60 books for traditional publishers. A book acquisitions editor for several publishers and a former literary agent, Terry is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. Whether you are unsure how to start on the path to publication or want to take your publishing career to the next level, Terry’s newest book, JUMPSTART YOUR PUBLISHING DREAMS, INSIDER SECRETS TO SKYROCKET YOUR SUCCESS is packed with insight. Also Terry is the author of the bestselling book, BOOK PROPOSALS THAT SELL, 21 SECRETS TO SPEED YOUR SUCCESS. Plus he’s recently launched a 12 lesson online course on proposal creation, Write A Book Proposal.  Visit Terry’s website, The Writing Life.

If They Asked Me, I Could Write a Song by Marty Nystrom

martyMarty Nystrom, song writer, author and artist, was guest speaker at NCWA’s June meeting. He also led worship at NCWA’s Renewal Conference! “As the Deer” is probably Marty’s most well known song.


Click here to view the “Lyric Writing” power point.

Take a few minutes to watch this interview between NCWA’s Dennis Brooke and Marty Nystrom.


Marty is a married father of two sons and lives in the Seattle area. He has a degree in music education and has taught music in a wide variety of settings. He has written over 120 songs that have been released by publishers of Christian praise and worship music. His best known song is the worship chorus, “As the Deer.”

In 2006 Standard Publishing released his collection of humorous poems entitled “Don’t Mess With Moses!” It was illustrated by veteran artist Steve Bjorkman. He has just completed a sequel to the book and hopes it will soon be in print.

The purpose of his two books is to pique kids’ curiosity in the Bible and to see it as interesting, exciting and well worth reading!

Click here  to visit Marty’s blog.

2013 Workshops Revisited: “The Making of The Year We Were Famous” by Carole Estby Dagg

Missed a workshop at the conference? Lost your handouts? We’re here to help!
Carole Estby Dagg-114With news clippings, maps, period postcards, and other regalia that inspired scenes in her book, Carole Dagg demonstrated how broadening the scope of research and immersing yourself in character can fill gaps between known facts to create memorable stories.

Click here to view “Workshop Outline” handout.

Click here to view “Historical Fiction” handout.

Click here to view Carole’s “Revise” handout.

Click here to view “Research Sources” handout.

Click here to view “Stick Man” handout.

Click here to order CDs from the conference.


Carole Estby Dagg is a retired librarian writing in Everett and in a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.  Her book based on her great-aunt’s 4,000-mile walk earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Visit her at