Events Calendar

ACFW Virginia Events Calendar 2016

 

  • 1st Wednesday – Board meeting
  • 1st Saturday – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 1st Saturday – Virginia Beach cluster meeting
  • Sundays as announced on our Facebook group – Staunton cluster meeting
  • 2nd  Saturday – SW VA (Dublin) cluster meeting
  • 2nd Saturday – Beltway cluster meeting
  • 2nd Thursday each month – teleconference or webinar
  • 4th Saturday – Woodbridge cluster meeting

 

September 2016

  • 2 – ACFW First Impressions contest opens
  • 3 – Leesburge cluster meeting
  • 7 – Board meeting
  • 8 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm : Share what you learned at ACFW National conference!
  • 10 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 16 – Facebook Book Party
  • 24 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 24 – Due date for October blog posts. Topics:
    • Halloween
    • Pregnancy & Infant Loss awareness month

October 2016

  • 1 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 5 – Board meeting
  • 8 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 13 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • 15 – ACFW First Impressions contest closes
  • 15 – Begin Nominations for the chapter officers of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the year of 2017. Email nominations to acfwvirginia@gmail.com
  • 22 – ACFW Virginia Christian Writer’s Conference
  • 25 – Due date for November blog posts. Topics:
    • Thanksgiving
    • Adoption awareness month
  • 29 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

November 2016

  • 1 – Nominations due for the chapter officers of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the year of 2017.
  • 2 – Board meeting
  • 5 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 10 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Lynellen will teach about commas.
  • 12 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 14 – Short story contest winner anthology goes on sale
  • 16 – ACFW First Impressions finalists announced
  • 16 – Voting for chapter officers begins.
  • 26 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 26 – Due date for December blog posts. Topics:
    • Christmas / Advent / Nativity

December 2016

  • 1 – Voting for chapter officers closes at noon Eastern time.
  • 3 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 7 – Board meeting
  • 8 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • 9 – Facebook Book Party
  • 10 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 15 – ACFW First Impressions winners announced
  • No Woodbridge cluster meeting.
  • 26 – Due date for January 2017 blog posts.

PAST EVENTS IN 2016

January 2016

  • 2 – ACFW Carol award submissions begin, ACFW Genesis contest opens
  • 6 – Board meeting
  • 9 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 14 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Elizabeth Maddrey will talk about CH 1&2 of “Plot and Structure”
  • 16 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 23 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 26 – Due date for February blog posts. Topics:
    • -Love/Romance/Valentine’s Day
    • Why you hate Valentine’s Day
    • Singleness
    • Lent (How do you prepare for Easter? Devotions around the idea of sacrifice. That sort of thing.)

February 2016

  • 6 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 10 – Board meeting
  • 11 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Lisa Heidrich will talk about speaking engagements.
  • 13 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 23 – Due date for March blog posts. Topics:
    • Lent (How do you prepare for Easter? Devotions around the idea of sacrifice. That sort of thing.)
    • Holy Week (prefer these to be devotional in nature — feel free to hit on whatever God’s speaking to you about this year when it comes to his death and resurrection)
    • Spring (renewal, etc. can be light and fun if you want)
    • And we have room for a couple of St. Patrick’s Day / Ireland / All things Irish type posts as well, since it’s March.
  • 27 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

March 2016

  • Cluster meetings NOT meeting this month: Dublin (SW VA), Staunton/Harrisonburg
  • 2 – Board meeting
  • 5 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 10 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Sarah Norkus will talk about selling books at book signings.
  • 12 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 15 – ACFW Carol Award submissions close, ACFW Genesis contest closes
  • 18 – Facebook Book Party
  • 19 – Virginia Beach cluster meeting starting up! First meeting today.
  • 25 – Due date for April blog posts. Topics:
    • Autism awareness
    • Child abuse prevention
    • Poetry writing
    • Earth Day / stewardship / Christian response to environmentalism
  • 26 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

April 2016

  • 6 – Board meeting
  • 9 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 9 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 9 – Stuart’s Draft cluster meeting
  • 14 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Heather Gray will speak about media kits.
  • 23 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 25 – Due date for May blog posts. Topics:
    • Mother’s Day (celebrate your mom, being a mom, what you love about moms in general, why we need moms, missing your mom, etc.)
    • Infertility
    • Memorial Day

 May 2016

  • 1 – Writer’s conference speaker application goes live
  • 4 – Board meeting
  • 5 – ACFW Genesis contest semi-finalists announced
  • 7 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 12 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Elizabeth Maddrey will speak about what an unpublished author can do at our quarterly Facebook promotion parties
  • 14 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 14 – Alexandria cluster meeting
  • 23 – Due date for June blog posts. Topics:
    • Father’s Day (celebrate your dad, being a dad, what you love about dads, why we need dads, missing your dad, etc.)
    • End of school year / graduations
    • Summer hopes / plans / dreams
    • The beach
  • 28 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 30 – Writer’s conference speaker applications close

June 2016

  • 1 – Board meeting
  • 1 – Short Story Contest submissions begin
  • 4 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 9 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • 11 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 15 – ACFW Genesis contest finalists announced
  • 18 – Facebook Book Party
  • 24 – Due date for July blog posts. Topics:
    • 4th of July / Freedom / Patriotism (but not politics!)
    • Swimming
    • Checking in on resolutions to see how you’re doing
    • National Ice Cream Month
    • Summer (why you love it / hate it, childhood memories of it, etc.)
  • 25 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 27 – ACFW Carol Award Finalists announced
  • 30 – Short Story Contest submissions closes

July 2016

  • 1 – Short Story Contest voting begins
  • 2 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 6 – Board meeting
  • 9 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 14 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • 23 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 25 – Due date for August blog posts. Topics:
    • Simplifying your life
    • Summer vacations (where you went, where you’d love to go, why you don’t vacation in the summer, etc.)
    • Back to school
  • 31 – Short Story Contest voting ends

August 2016

  • 3 – Board meeting
  • 4 – Short Story Contest Winners announced
  • 6 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 11 – Virtual chapter meeting. 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • 13 – Dublin cluster meeting
  • 25 – Due date for September blog posts. Topics:
    • Back to school
    • Childhood Cancer awareness month
    • Autumn
  • 25 – 28 ACFW National Conference, Nashville, TN
  • 27 – Woodbridge chapter meeting
  • 27 – ACFW Carol Award winners announced, ACFW Genesis contest winners announced

PAST EVENTS IN 2015

February 2015

  • 7 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 12 – Telecon 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Elizabeth Maddrey, topic: getting started and getting to know each other
  • 14 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 15 – Shenandoah Valley cluster meeting
  • 28 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

March 2015

  • 4 – Board meeting
  • 7 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 12 – Telecon, 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Heather Gray, topic: Facebook Parties
  • 14 – SW VA (Dublin) cluster meeting
  • 15 – ACFW Carol Awards entry period closes; ACFW Genesis contest entry period closes
  • 21 – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 27 – ACFW Virginia authors Facebook party
  • 28 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

April 2015

  • 1 – Board meeting
  • 4 – Leesburg cluster meeting (CANCELLED)
  • ?? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 9 – Telecon, 8:30-9:30pm. Speaker: Zoe McCarthy. Topic: What I learned at Mount Herman Writer’s Conference
  • 11 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 15 – Workshop proposals for ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference are due (https://acfwvirginia.wordpress.com/workshop-proposal/)
  • 25 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

May 2015

  • 2 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 6 – Board meeting
  • ?? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 9 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 17 – 21 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference, LifeWay Conference Center, Asheville, NC
  • 21 – Telecon, 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Elizabeth Maddrey & Lynellen Perry, topic: Blogging for authors (NOTE NEW DATE of May 21)
  • 23 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

June 2015

  • 3 – Board meeting
  • 6 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • ?? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 11 – Telecon 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Lynellen Perry, topic: Sharing tidbits from Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference (Erin, Zoe, Megan, etc.)
  • NO SW VA cluster meeting this month
  • 26 – Quarterly Facebook Virtual Book Party with chapter member hosts/hostesses
  • 27 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

July 2015

  • 1 – VA Chapter “Christmas” short story contest entry period opens
  • 1 – Board meeting
  • NO Leesburg cluster meeting this month
  • ?? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 9 – Telecon 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Sarah Hamaker; topic: Making the most of writing contests
  • 11 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 25 – ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference

August 2015

  • 1 – VA Chapter “Christmas” short story contest entry period closes
  • 1 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 5 – Board meeting
  • ? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 8 – SW VA cluster meeting (writing retreat)
  • 13 – Telecon 8:30-9:30pm, leader: TBD; topic: Scrivener?
  • 22 – Woodbridge cluster meeting
  • 31 – VA Chapter “Christmas” short story contest winners announced

September 2015

October 2015

  • 3 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • 7 – Board meeting
  • ? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 8 – Telecon, 8:30pm – 9:30pm, topic: sharing tidbits from ACFW annual conference
  • 10 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 15 – Begin Nominations for the chapter officers of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the year of 2016. Email nominations to acfwvirginia@gmail.com
  • 18 – 22 Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” novelist retreat, LifeWay Conference Center, Asheville, NC
  • ? ACFW First Impressions contest entry period closes
  • 24 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

November 2015

  • 1 – Nominations due for the chapter officers of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the year of 2016.
  • 4 – Board meeting
  • 7 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • ? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 12 – Telecon 8:30pm – 9:30pm, leader: Hallee Bridgeman.  topic: indie publishing
  • 14 – SW VA cluster meeting
  • 16 – Voting for chapter officers begins.
  • 28 – Woodbridge cluster meeting

December 2015

No Woodbridge cluster meeting; No Board meeting

  • 1 – Voting for chapter officers closes at noon Eastern time.
  • 1 – “Christmas” Short story contest anthology published by HopeSprings Books
  • 4 – Facebook Virtual Book Party
  • ? 5 – Leesburg cluster meeting
  • ? – Staunton, VA cluster meeting
  • 10 – Telecon 8:30-9:30pm, leader: Vie Herlocker; topic: Book Mama and Miz Moe’s Guide to Self-Editing
  • 12 – SW VA cluster meeting

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