Writer’s Meeting June 26, 2021

Our second meeting, though we only had two attending, turned out well. God met with us and did some healing work in our hearts and minds. We discussed the Christian writer is a Christian and all of our writing endeavors are worship before God. We also discussed various purposes for our Christian writing including, but not limited to, sharing the gospel, sharing testimonies of work God has done in our lives, and encouraging others.

We also reviewed choosing specific words over general words. We discussed how you can bring the five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch) into your writing to add life and variety to it.

In our discussion of improving our word choices, we also discussed using adjectives sparingly and not loosing our readers in too much description. A writer can often cause the reader to lose track of the story line if they put in too many descriptive words.

A handout was given out discussing the responsibilities writers have when making word choices. Words can be powerful and dangerous when used in the wrong context by the wrong person. Anger, malice, and mob mentality can be sparked by choosing the wrong, exceptionally intense words. Expressing opinion should be done with carefully planned word choices to avoid creating or encouraging angry people to do bad things. We have all witnessed, on television or in real life, how an emotionally charged speaker can stir up anger in a crowd, often resulting in violence and even death. As Christian writers we need to make responsible word choices.

Writers’ Meeting June 12, 2021

Our North Idaho Christian Writers Meeting on June 12th was a success. We had four writers attend, some from our gatherings before Covid-19 shut down the library meeting rooms, and some new people.

We began the meeting with prayer and introductions. We proceeded to discuss the definition of a Christian writer. We also talked about the purposes God has for us as His Ambassadors.

We also talked about “choosing words that sing” in our writing pieces and saw some poetry that provided examples. We spoke about general words, their interpretation, and the benefit of choosing specific words instead of general words.

Writer’s Group Starts up Again on june 12th

I am pleased to announce that North Idaho Christian Writers group will start up again on June 12th after a long break due to Covid-19. We will be gathering in a meeting room at the East Bonner County Library on Division Street in Sandpoint. I will arrive at the library about 1 p.m. to set up, and the meeting will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Our meetings will be structured the same as they were before our Covid-19 break. There will two meetings each month, on the second and fourth Saturday. The first session will be a business and teaching meeting and the second will be a workshop.

Please bring a notepad (for taking notes), writing instruments, writing paper, and some samples of your writing to share and/or work on during free time in the meeting. You can also bring any questions you may have, related to your writing.

On June 12th we will spend time getting to know each other, reviewing some previous meeting notes, and discussing our various expectations, goals, writing projects, and some valuable resources. I look forward to meeting each one of you. If you have any comments or questions, please email me at getrobinu@gmail.com

Please mark your calendar for the following meeting dates and times:

June 12, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

June 26, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

July 10, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

July 24, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

August 14, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

August 28, 2021 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sandpoint Library

There is no cost for the meetings but each person is responsible for bringing their own writing materials.

Anyone interested in improving their writing skills can attend the meetings. However, the meetings will include Bible discussions and Christian topics as the group is focused on Christian writing.

Since the meetings will be teachings and work sessions, I prefer that children under age 12 not attend the meetings as they can be a distraction for others. Any child under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at getrobinu@gmail.com

I look forward to sharing what I have learned about the Bible, Christian living, and writing for the glory of God with you. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NKJV)

Press On With Your Writing!

Be diligent!

April 4, 2020

Authors and Writers,

It’s unfortunate that our meetings have been put on hold until this corona virus runs its course. However, I constructed this website so that I can still communicate with you. I hope to continue our meetings at the Sandpoint Library when we are free to do so.

I am also praying that God will bring in more Christian writers to join our group. The more writers we have, the greater the impact for Jesus Christ.

In the meantime, I want to encourage you all to keep writing and keep in touch. My email is getrobinu@gmail.com  I will keep adding more information to this website to help you in your learning process. Also, I am praying for each of you for protection from the virus. I encourage you to read Psalm 91 in your Bibles because you are truly under God’s wings and He is taking care of you.

I look forward to the day when we can meet in person again. I enjoyed our time together. Let’s keep focused on Jesus Christ and know that whatever we are going through, He is bigger. We don’t have to worry about our future because we know who holds our future.


Robin Ulbredtch

Meeting 1-A-Jan. 11, 2020

On January 11, 2020, we had the first meeting of North Idaho Christian Writers. Even with about 8 inches of new snow, we had four people, including myself, attend the meeting. I began the meeting with prayer, then introduced myself. Two handouts “Member’s Information Sheet” and “About Robin” were passed out. Those attending the meeting were asked to fill out and return the Member’s Information Sheet.” Introductions were made.

After the introductions, our group went over the Goals, Rules, and Vision for North Idaho Christian Writers. Eventually I hope to add these to this website. Following the information on North Idaho Christian Writers we did an activity called General Words, Interpretation, and Specific Words. It sounds complicated but it was a lesson on choosing words for our writing.

For the activity I made a worksheet with three columns: General Word (s), Interpretation, and Specific Words. I listed General words in the first column and we used those words to fill out columns two and three. For example, the first General Word was “Dog.” I asked each person what thought/picture came into their mind when they heard the word “Dog.” That thought/picture is what they listed under interpretation. Each person had a different interpretation of the word. An example might be “puppy” or “poodle.” Some people had their feelings about “dogs” come out, such as cute, warm, fuzzy, etc. Then they had to determine which breed of dog brought forth that emotional response.

Then each person had to check to see if they had a specific word (which would create imagery in the reader’s mind). For example, “puppy” would need to be a collie or specific breed of puppy. By using the word “puppy” by itself, the reader can insert their own meaning or vision into your writing. By writing the words “collie puppy,” the writer gives the reader a clearer image of the specific dog he/she is writing about. It was fun to see the wide variety of responses to each individual word.

Following the word activity, we took a short break. Then we went over two mini-readings I put together with information from the book An Introduction to Christian Writing, 2nd. Edition, by Ethel Herr. These were entitled “Wanna-be, Would-be, and Already-be Writers” and “What is a writer?”

After the mini-readings, we did another worksheet activity where we practiced choosing words that added clarity, color, and senses to our writing. We used some words such as fruit, lasagna and pizza. By the end of the activity we were getting hungry.

I wrapped up the meeting by thanking the people who came, reminding them of our next meeting, and asking if they had any comments or questions. Our meeting did run over the scheduled time but I will keep a closer eye on the clock next time. As far as I know those who attended learned something and enjoyed the meeting as well. Praise God!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 KJV)