Writing for the Soul Conference: Equipping writers to communicate God’s truth

Christian writers from the U.S., Canada, and four other countries, gathered in Denver in early February to be challenged and encouraged through speakers, classes, and clinics designed to hone their skills.

And, like everyone else, I soaked in the messages of the keynote speakers.

Keynoters encourage

In the first session, author and encourager Liz Curtis Higgs marveled at the reality of God’s love.

“Isn’t it wonderful God loves us just as we are?” Higgs said. “Whatever age you are, size you are, hair you have or do not have—published 50 times or rejected 100 times—God loves you.“

In another keynote, Christian comedian Ken Davis noted that many Christians spend their lives imploring God to “show me your will, show me a door, show me what you want me to do.’ Me? I am going 100 m.p.h. toward a door, and I’m saying, ‘God, if you don’t want me in there, then shut it.’”

Given that God’s will brought me to Colorado in August to join this organization, that illustration rang true for me. I ran full tilt toward this door and have been grateful since.

Meeting God

Many conferees came away with stories about how God met them here and how they were inspired. Many were asked by agents and editors to submit their materials for consideration.

Anne Watson, who completed the Guild’s Apprentice and Journeyman courses and is enrolled in the Craftsman course, said, “The Writing for the Soul conference ranks far above any other. It is a joy to attend.”

If you’ve attended one of our conferences, share a highlight from your experience below. 1 Thessalonians 5:11: So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it (The Message).

Michael Ehret has written for newspapers and other print and online outlets. He edited several nonfiction books, was the senior editor for a faith-based financial services and insurance organization, and is the ezine editor for American Christian Fiction Writers. He joined the Guild staff in August.

Comments

  1. Kristina Cowan says

    Dear CWG,

    This year’s conference was my first, and it was remarkable–really, one of the best things I’ve ever done personally or professionally.

    Though I’ve been a mainstream journalist for about 14 years, never before have I been surrounded by a group of people who have a passion for writing and for Christ. I was moved on many levels, some indescribable, as I connected with other attendees and listened to the speakers.

    Both of the talks by Liz Curtis Higgs were highlights–her candor, humor, and love for Christ and others were so refreshing and encouraging. She’s incredible!

    I send my deepest thanks to Jerry and the CWG staff–the conference was pure balm for the Christian writer’s soul.

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