North Jersey Christian Writers Group


Develop Your Writing Skills Through Encouragement and Critique

What makes a writer, a writer?

A writer writes. It’s that simple.

It may be for publication or for personal reflection, but putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to express one’s thoughts on a page qualifies.

Because writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, it’s essential for writers to gather together for encouragement and accountability.

The North Jersey Christian Writers Group is “a place where writers come together to encourage each other on their journey to publication, learning and developing their skills along the way.”

As a group, the NJCWG members are at varied levels of accomplishment and skills. Some are published and some are just starting out. We write for children, for women, for believers, and for the secular market, but mostly we write for the Lord. We write because He has called us to write.

The purpose of the NJCWG is twofold:

- to sharpen our skills through writing exercises and monthly focus topics.

- to keep our

selves accountable by sharing goals and critiquing each other's work.

NJCWG meets on the first (usually) Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Our meetings consist of a short writer’s devotion by our facilitator, Barbara Higby, followed by a writing exercise and/or special presentation. The last half hour is dedicated to critiquing our previously submitted work. Personally, I know that I would not be published if it wasn’t for the helpful, constructive, no-holds-barred critique of this group. So consider joining us.

Next North Jersey Christian Writers Group Meeting:


When:         Saturday, September 14

                   10:00 am

Where:        High Mountain Church

                  681 High Mountain Road

                  North Haledon, NJ 07508

For more information, check out the NJCWG blog at: or send an email to


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Susan Panzica is a Jewish Jersey girl who loves Jesus, her family, the ocean, and mangos. Her passion is to bring an eternal perspective to earthly matters through writing, speaking, teaching, and coffee dates. A quasi-emptynester who works with her chiropractor husband, she thoroughly enjoys when her college age children are home, with or without all their friends. Susan is a speaker, women and children’s Bible teacher, and writer of the devotional blog Eternity Café.

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