Inspirational Writers Alive! (IWA!) is a Christian interdenominational writers’ club. IWA! promotes creative writing to glorify Christ by helping individuals advance their writing skills and find effective markets for their work. The club’s name conveys the excitement members feel about the special ministry entrusted to writers.
What Maxine E. Holder started in March 1990 with a group of fifteen individuals has grown into a non-profit organization registered in Texas and governed by a Board of Directors. Members of the various chapters across Texas include aspiring writers and published authors in every genre of Christian writing. IWA! invites anyone interested in writing to visit one of the existing chapters or to contact the IWA! State President for more information about chartering a new chapter in your area. firstname.lastname@example.org
IWA!, a member of the Houston Council of Writers, is listed with the Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market Guide, The Christian Communicator magazine, TheChristian Writer’s Market Guide,
IWA! welcomes new members. Membership applications may be obtained from State Board members or chapter officers and returned to the respective chapter’s treasurer or president. Annual dues are determined by each chapter and collected each January:
Each year, IWA! sponsors the Texas Christian Writers’ Conference on the first Saturday in August. The conference features a keynote address, workshops, paid critiques, one-on-one sessions with authors, author book tables and signings, free publications, continental breakfast, an awards luncheon, door prizes, and fellowship with other writers. Conference fee discounts are available for IWA! members, couples, seniors, and volunteers. Details on the annual conference and writing competition are publicized each year in Inspiration...News.
Open Writing Competition
IWA! hosts an annual Open Writing Competition from January—May 15 each year. Individuals may submit a maximum of two entries in each of the following categories:
Book proposal (fiction or non-fiction)
Short story for young adults/adults,
Short story for children/teens.
Awards are presented to winners of the IWA! Open Writing Competition at the Texas Christian Writers’ Conference each fall. Contest guidelines and registration forms may be obtained www.centralhoustoniwa.com or Pat Vance at email@example.com