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"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." - I Peter 4:10 (NIV)
We know that God has given each of us gifts and talents that we are to use for His glory. As a member of FaithWriters, one of your talents is likely writing. I personally believe that God doesn't necessarily "give people a story to write". Instead, I think God hands out the creativity and enjoys seeing just what we'll do with it. And most of the time, there is an ongoing process of growth and training as we strive to be excellent in our craft.
That's where FaithWriters comes in! FaithWriters offers many ways to develop and hone our talent, including a writing conference, which not only allows Christian writers to connect and fellowship in person but provides great teaching on the many aspects of writing.
Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the bottom of this newsletter to see what bits of writing advice our members took away from this year's conference.
And while we're on the topic of the conference…
FAITHWRITERS CONFERENCE RECAP
What a weekend! Those who attended the FaithWriters conference on August 7 and 8 can attest to how utterly wonderful it was – from the food, to the workshops, to the fellowship, the experience was one that will stay with us for a lifetime. If you were unable to attend, a few FaithWriters members have posted some recaps on their blogs. Check out these recaps of some of the conference workshops:
Writing Characters of Faith (class taught by multi-published author, Linore Rose Burkard): http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/2009/08/conference-recap-linore-rose-burkard_21.html
The Times they are a'Changing (taught by Deb Porter): http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/2009/08/conference-recap-deb-porter-times-they.html
A Risky Business (taught by Deb Porter): http://joannesher.blogspot.com/2009/08/risky-business-lessons-from-fw.html
Finding your Voice (taught by Cori Smelker): http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/2009/08/conference-recap-cori-smelker-finding.html
The Screaming Muse (taught by David Ian): http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/2009/08/conference-recap-david-ian-screaming.html
Book Marketing 101 (taught by Linore Rose Burkard): http://on-the-write-track.blogspot.com/2009/08/conference-recap-linore-rose-burkard.html
You can also read about everyone's personal conference experience on the message boards. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=49
A special thanks to all of those who helped make this conference a success! We're already counting the months until we can all meet again. Keep checking the conference page for details about the next conference, and stay tuned for exciting details about possible FaithWriters Chapters being added in your area.
ANNOUNCING…WRITING CHALLENGE RATINGS FEEDBACK!
For a long time now, many of you have been asking – no, make that begging – for some sort of feedback on your Writing Challenge entries. You want to know how close you came to making it to the top 10. You want to know what you're doing wrong and how you can improve your chances of scoring higher on the winner's list.
Well, we listened to your pleas and are thrilled to introduce the Writing Challenge Ratings Feedback Service. For a small fee, you can now receive an overview of your entry's strengths and weaknesses based on the judges' ratings each week. We won't be able to tell you exactly where you placed in The Challenge but this general feedback will help you progress in your overall writing. And that's what it's all about, right?
But that's not all. If you're looking for a more in-depth assessment of your Challenge entry, that service is also available.
Anyone who was blessed enough to receive a free critique from Deb Porter or Jan Ackerson at the recent Conference would agree that these ladies know what they're taking about. So don't hesitate to submit a request for an in-depth assessment. You won't regret it.
For more information, prices and submission form, visit the editing service used by FaithWriters.com. Visit: http://www.finessewriting.com.au and click on the FaithWriters' Challenge Feedback Service button.
KEEP FAITHWRITERS ALIVE
Recently, we sent out e-letters outlining the financial situation of FaithWriters.com. In a nutshell, we need your help. While FaithWriters membership is rapidly increasing, the financial support is even more quickly declining. If things don't turn around soon, the outlook for FaithWriters.com looks bleak.
Please consider signing up for one of our add-on features or joining the FaithWriters 500. Not only will you be helping to keep FaithWriters alive, but you'll receive many fabulous features that will take your writing to the next level. For complete details on how you can lend your support and partner with us, visit this link: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php
Thank you in advance for your support!
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
This month's question has to do with last month's conference. Those who attended were asked:
What is the best piece of writing advice you took away from the FaithWriters conference? Here are a few of the answers:
"I loved David Ian's illustration of Ghingus Khan and the Screaming Muse. Too often I lock my muse in the cellar and allow my editor run the show. Like King Solomon said, there's a time and a season for everything. (Not verbatum). There is a time to let my editor out and there's a time to lock my muse away. They ought NEVER be in the room at the same time, they'll kill each other." – Karlene Jacobsen
"I think the best thing I took away from the conference was that I need to re-align my priorities and get God back in His rightful place. The first night I heard "Write for His Glory". While I do that, I need to take it one step further: Let Him guide and direct not only what I write but the steps involved and the direction of my writing. This is a process but I need to let HIM manage me as opposed to doing it myself. Also, along these lines, was to not rush the process (any of it). I need to be patient and let Him take all the time He needs to move, guide, and direct. In other words, just let Him be in charge (something I struggle with in all areas) and listen." – Kim Russell
"So many things were inspirational, sensible, eye opening - it truly is hard to pick just one. The thing that stuck with me most was the need to market myself as a writer, to work hard making contacts, creating buzz, capturing an audience. The ideas and tools that Linore provided us with are invaluable." – Diana Dart
"From David Ian - As a constant "edit as I write person", I re-learned that it is so important to lock away that Ghengis Kahn editor and allow your creativity to just flow from one idea to the next. After you let the Screaming Muse play, then let Ghengis get to work on polishing it." – Shari Armstrong
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