Kathleen Freeman Writes Her Dreams

By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal

It’s not an unusual night when Kathleen Freeman has a vivid dream that sparks an idea for a story.

Then she faces a mystery to solve: Who is the person in the dream? What are the circumstances surrounding the action? What will happen next?

“I start writing and keep writing until all those questions are fleshed out,” she says. This pursuit involves countless hours of research. “Good thing I adore learning,” she adds.

KathleenFreemanPinableOne story that began with just such a dream is her young-adult novel The Broken Feather, which won the 2012 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis contest in the YA category.

Other stories she’s written have been Genesis Contest semi-finalists in 2013 and 2014, semi-finalists in the 2013 and 2015 Promising Beginnings contests, and one was a finalist in ACFW’s Category 5 contest in 2013.

Her nonfiction articles have been published in Vista Journal for Holy Living, Northwest Christian Author, and Raising Small Souls. Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine regularly publishes her Maddie Science stories, which she calls “quirky interviews in science that point to a great God.”

A universal theme flows through everything she writes. “All my work involves finding hope in hard times,” she says. In fact, she has titled her website, Finding Hope in Hard Times.

At heart, Kathleen is a teacher with a passion for science, history, and people. She believes God wants us to live with abundance, to look for miracles, to lift others up, and to shine light into dark corners. “Talent and potential also thrill me,” she says, “so I very much enjoy helping writers grow through editing and encouragement.”

One way Kathleen encourages writers is by serving as NCWA’s Critique Group Coordinator. In that capacity, Kathleen will lead an interactive WriteCoach Lab at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.

Start Your Own Critique GroupStart Your Own Critique Group (WriteCoach Lab, Friday, May 15) – Move through the steps of forming and running a critique group. You’ll begin a sample group on site and learn how to critique the work of others with precision and encouragement. You’ll walk away with the tools you need to form your own group anywhere—or online—or you can choose to continue the sample group after the conference.

To benefit from Kathleen’s knowledge and skilled direction in this special WriteCoach Lab, sign up today for the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal!


DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

Jesse Florea on Writing for Kids

This video interview with Jesse Florea, Managing Editor of Clubhouse at Focus on the Family was filmed at the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference in May of 2010. Jesse told me two interesting stories about remembering to follow up on your ideas and writing for kids that I wanted to share.

Watch the interview here to hear about the “Story That Got Away” and “Success Through Hiring a 12 Year Old Editor”

Jesse Florea is the Managing Editor of Clubhouse, a Focus on the Family publication. He’s co-written several books (including GROWING UP SUPER AVERAGE, THE ONE-YEAR DEVOS FOR SPORTS FANS, and THE ONE-YEAR EVERYDAY DEVOTIONS, all with Tyndale). He lives with his wife and two children in Colorado Springs.


Dennis Brooke writes about Almost True Stories of Life at www.dennisbrooke.wordpress.com. He’s been a member of NCWA for three years and currently serves as Vice-President and Webmaster.