Critique Groups

Our Mission

The Greater Philly Christian Writers Fellowship (CWF) exists to help you respond to God's call to write. We want to come alongside to encourage and equip you to get your work in print. We are a Christ-centered fellowship with a strong emphasis on prayer and Bible study, but also on learning the craft of writing and marketing. We want to help you become an effective communicator of God's truth in both Christian and secular markets. Together we really can make a difference!

Our History

Marlene Bagnull founded GPCWF in 1983 with a small group of Christian writers drawn by announcements they read in the newspaper. Since then we have met monthly (except in the summer) and our first day-long seminar in 1983 with one speaker grew to a three and a half day conference with a faculty of 50 - 60 authors, editors, agents, and publicists. I've often said that if I knew what God had planned I would have told Him, "I'm not qualified," and run the other way. But I'm so grateful I didn't. He really is able to do "exceedingly, abundantly beyond" (Eph. 3:20).

The conference ministry is continuing at Dock Mennonite Academy in Lansdale, PA and has been shortened by one day. We still have over 40 agents, authors, editors, and other professionals. CDs and MP3s of our 2018 and 2019 conference are available. Click here.

As Father enables I hope to offer more of the even shorter day and day and a half mini-conferences like the Write to Impact Lives Conference we offered in February 2019 that is also available as MP3s. Click here.

Meanwhile, the three and a half day Colorado Christian Writers Conference continues to draw writers from around the United States and sometimes beyond. Our 2020 conference is May 13-16. CDs of our 2019 conference are available at We meet at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center.  The YMCA has cabins for rent and is on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. I can’t think of a better place to vacation. 

Two critique groups continue to meet in my Lansdale home. Click here for info on the monthly morning group. Click here for info on the bi-weekly evening group. Sorry guys. Right now both groups are women only.

Help for forming a group or existing critique groups

I can’t emphasize strongly enough the value of being part of a Christian writers’ critique group.  The Christian Writers Market Guide 2019 provides information about groups around the nation. If there is not a group in your area, I encourage you to pray about forming one. Here are some resources to help you:

Help for Forming a Group

The Critique Process

Goals for a Christian Writers’ Group