Christian Women Authors of Winchester to host workshops at library

Published 11:15 am Thursday, March 30, 2023

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Saturday mornings in Winchester might have a quiet feel to them.

However, gathering in a room at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, on March 25, a group of local authors recently discussed upcoming plans.

On April 22, the group of women, who call themselves the Christian Women Authors of Winchester (CAW), will get together at the Clark County Public Library to host the first of a two-part workshop to educate and encourage others on the writing process. The second part of the workshop will take place on May 20 and both take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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“Today, we’re doing a planning session for the workshop at the library and making sure that we’re able to share quality information to the people that participate,” said Rhonda Gould.

The group consists of several authors – including Rhonda Gould, Nicole Webb, Joy Matthews, Caren Massey, and Sher Hudson.

Though not present on Saturday, Vache’ King and Ronda Simmons are also members.

While hosting a writing workshop may interest many, the authors present have plenty of expertise to show.

For example, Rhonda Gould is the author of “The Journey: Finding Healing Through Scriptures from Life’s Hard Questions.”

Sher Hudson, described as one of the most artistic members of the group, is the author of works such as “How to Start a Paint Party Business”, and “Mara, Not Mara: Downward Spiral – Upward Faith.”

Nicole Webb has written “The Journey: 30-Day Guide to Take Control of Your Thoughts.”

Joy Matthews is the author of “The Church Under the Mango Tree and Other Missionary Adventures.”

Several ideas were discussed for the event when the group gathered on Saturday morning.

After an opening and welcoming of attendees, along with introducing group members, 15-minute reflection questions can be asked of participants to help them think more about their connection to the writing process.

Teaching story structure for a more technical understanding has been mentioned.

The possibility of including door prizes and considering refreshments to make the event more convenient also came to mind.

“I’ll just share how I got started it’ll be very simple,” said Caren Massey. “I’m going to [want] these people to feel like they can do anything.”

While acknowledging that the workshop wasn’t exclusive to individuals interested in faith-based writing, Rhonda Gould added that she and others’ experience doing so had a beneficial and empowering effect.

“The process of writing and getting it on paper was a healing process for us in different ways, but still a healing process,” she said. “There’s people out there that want to do that or need to do that, so we’re trying to give them the information, help them through that, and give them tools and things that would work.”

Christian Women Authors of Winchester is also interested in educating writers elsewhere, including at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Shelby County.

To learn more, they can be contacted at