We're American Christian Fiction Writers, a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction.
Whether you're a multi-published author or just taking the first steps in your writing career, ACFW is the place for you to learn more about the craft and expand your knowledge of the publishing industry.
And when you attend our Chicago chapter meetings, you'll get up-to-date info on the publishing industry and current writing standards.
You'll also meet an encouraging group of authors who are in the same boat as you - writing, marketing, publishing, and trying to figure out this complex industry.
ACFW's mission is to empower Christian novelists by inspiring them to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.
Susan is a public relations professional and former reporter who teaches writing workshops and gives travel presentations throughout the Chicago suburbs. In addition to ACFW, she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her YA novels with Vinspire Publishing have won the Readers' Favorite, Moonbeam, Illumination, StoryMonsters, and Best Book awards. Susan's first women's fiction title, Surviving Carmelita, releases April 2021 from CrossRiver Media. She is married with two adult children and a stepdaughter.
Candice is a YA author. She fell in love with Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice in high school and hasn't stopped reading since then. She taught in a bilingual elementary education classroom for years until she decided to stay-at-home, teaching a crew of imaginative children. So in between reading lessons and converting cardboard boxes into pirate ships, she plots out her next story with a Latin twist. Her debut novel, Unbetrothed, comes out February 2022 with Illuminate YA.
Jenna is an elementary dual language teacher in the Chicago suburbs. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers, she enjoys spending time with other writers and perfecting her craft. She recently signed a contract for her first young adult novel, A Big Hot Mess, with Elk Lake Publishing. Along with writing, she's pursuing her dreams of creating a community of brave young women, who she can encourage to live out their dreams amid challenges and imperfection.
Susan is an ordained minister, Christian blogger, and is crafting her first novel. She is happily married with two adult children. When Susan isn't staring at her computer screen, or reading, she is out walking her three dogs.
• First join our national ACFW organization. Click here to sign up.
• Come to an ACFW-Chicago chapter meeting or contact our president to let us know you'd like to join. Easy peasy. Feel free to visit twice before making the decision.
All the tools and connections for attaining your writing goals are right here in our local ACFW chapter. Monthly meetings include:
As an ACFW national member, you'll receive:
From newbies to seasoned, award-winning authors and editors, and every level in between, we've got people who will get you. Check us out and see for yourself!