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Writes of Summer

Don’t forget our June Writes of Summer writing nights start tomorrow, June 7, here at Frankfort Writers Center. There’ll be no agenda, no schedule, no expectations. Except of course that some writing will happen. I’m stocking the fridge and will have snacks available. I’ll also have some writing prompts and exercises for anyone who might need a little help getting the pump primed.

Need more details? You’ll find everything you need here: http://www.frankfortwriterscenter.com/writes-of-summer/.

Hope to see you there!

Words to Life: T.H. Meyer

Welcome to another installment of my new occasional feature on the Frankfort Writers Center blog called Words to Life, where I’ll highlight the work I do with clients. In addition to describing the client project I’ve helped them with, I also highlight other aspects of their writing and/or their work so you can get to know them a little more. I hope their stories will inspire you as you bring your own Words to Life.


TH Meyer Head ShotToday, I’d like to introduce you to T.H. Meyer (also known as Tammy Hendricksmeyer). T.H. lived in Asia and Europe before settling among dairy and poultry farms in an oasis of rye fields and Bermuda pastures on acreage in east Texas. Far removed from big-city slickers, she enjoys family, back porch “dates” with her hubby, intimate gatherings of friends, and eating out anywhere someone else does the cooking. You can follow her spiritual and writing journey on her website: The Art of Fear Not: Putting Spunk into the Creative Life.

Recently, I asked T.H. a few questions about her writing process and what led her to self-publish her latest book, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith.

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Words to Life: Linda Chontos

Welcome to another installment of my new occasional feature on the Frankfort Writers Center blog called Words to Life, where I’ll highlight the work I do with clients. In addition to describing the client project I’ve helped them with, I also highlight other aspects of their writing and/or their work so you can get to know them a little more. I hope their stories will inspire you as you bring your own Words to Life.


Linda Chontos Head ShotToday, I’d like to introduce you to Linda Chontos. Linda is a wife, mom, grandmother, and writer. She and her husband, Steve, live in Texas.  She blogs as a contributor to the online devotional, Laced With Grace. Linda hired me to proofread and help her self-publish her cozy mystery, Chronicles of Miller’s Crossing: Sleeping Dogs.

Recently, I asked Linda a few questions about her writing process and what led her to self-publish.

Charity Singleton Craig: How long have you been writing?

Linda Chontos: I’ve written on and off since I was in high school—mostly poetry. I set it aside when I got married and had children, but when the last one started school I began writing poetry again. Right about that time someone started a writing group in our church, and I decided to join. I discovered there was so much more to writing than I had ever thought about or dreamed of. When the group disbanded after a few years, I continued to write a bit on my own.

Then in 2006 I discovered blogging. It was just what I had been longing to do—write with purpose. I wanted to use writing as a ministry—something I could do from my home and hopefully the Lord could use to encourage others.

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Words to Life: Doug Mennen

Today, I am launching a new occasional feature on the Frankfort Writers Center blog called Words to Life where I’ll highlight the work I do with clients. In addition to describing the client project I’ve helped them with, I also highlight other aspects of their writing and/or their work so you can get to know them a little more. I hope their stories will inspire you as you bring your own Words to Life.


mennen-bw-smallMeet Doug Mennen. Doug is a 1985 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Technology. He has worked in real estate development and has completed numerous multi million dollar projects. In addition to real estate and writing, he works with his wife, Kym Flock-Mennen, at her business, Indiana Wellness, which specializes in anti-aging therapies. He lives in Lafayette with his wife and their two sons, Leighton and Jerrick.

Doug hired me to edit his political thriller, Purple Reason, and to help him self-publish the book through CreateSpace, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and the eBook platform Smashwords.

Recently, I asked Doug a few specific questions about his writing process and what led him to self-publish.

Charity Singleton Craig: How long have you been writing?

Doug Mennen: I started the book about 19 years ago as a self challenge. I just wanted to see if I could write a novel length story. I got  about 30,000 words in and our  first child was born and the book was put aside.

CSC: What led you to write Purple Reason?

DM: I wanted the story to communicate the frustration I and many others feel with the two party-system in American politics.

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Applying for Writing Grants

Among the many ways writers can support themselves and their work, applying for grants is one I hear little about. Part of the reason may be the limited number of grants out there for writers. Another reason may be that you have to catch the application cycle just right. But the main reason most writers don’t hear about writing grants is that enough people aren’t talking about them.

I’m going to change that today.

Back in September, I applied for a grant offered jointly through the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for a writing program at a state park in Indiana. I won’t go into the details now … mostly because I don’t know if my proposal has been accepted. But the reason I was able to apply for the grant is that I heard about it at the right time.

So today, I’d like to tell you about a few grants, especially for writers living in Indiana, at just the right time so you can apply, too.

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