by Narelle Atkins
In recent months I’ve been thinking about the resources that are currently available in Australia for Christian writers. The US Christian book market for fiction and non-fiction has been booming for many years, and organisations eg. American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) http://www.acfw.com have expanded accordingly to meet the needs of authors in this growing market.
I write fiction in the Christian/inspirational romance genre and I value my memberships with Romance Writers of Australia, Faith, Hope and Love Inspirational Chapter of Romance Writers of America and ACFW. ACFW has a Beyond the Borders Zone Group for international writers. I blog with International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW), a group that was started by ACFW Beyond the Borders members who wanted to promote Christian Fiction with international themes. A number of Aussie and NZ writers are ICFW members. http://www.internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com
I recently joined Omega Writers Inc., an organisation based in Brisbane, Australia that was established in 1991 to support and encourage Christian writers. They have members in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2010, Omega Writers Inc. established the CALEB Prize for Faith-Inspired Writing. This award promotes Christian writing in the specific areas of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and was expanded in 2011 to include an award for unpublished manuscripts. http://www.omegawriters.com
The Word Writers Fair Getaway will be held at the Sunshine Coast on 12-14 October, 2012. Last year in November I attended The Word Writers Fair and CALEB Awards Dinner in Brisbane. http://www.thewordwriters.com/
I have also blogged with Christian Writers Downunder, a writing group for Australian and New Zealand Christian writers that was set up in 2011. http://www.christianwritersdownunder.blogspot.com
There are a growing number of opportunities for Aussie Christian writers to publish in Australia and overseas. The growth of eBook publishing is opening up a whole new world of possibilities for authors. Advances in technology and social media have allowed writers from around the world to connect in various ways.
I’ve mentioned a few groups that have been established to support Aussie writers. Is there a particular writing organisation that has helped you in your writing journey? I’d love to hear your thoughts.