July 30, 2021
Writing as a Part of Life
Even as I continually seek after that balance between words and artistic expressions, especially in worship, I value those opportunities to hone the craft of writing, and have grown to appreciate the benefits of learning both about writing itself and about the possibilities of sharing writings through publication and other means.
Toward those ends, I have had the opportunity to attend several conferences, both in-person and online, with an organization called, “Writing for Your Life.” The organizer is a man named Brian Allain. He served as the Founding Director of the Frederick Buechner Center and I was first introduced to his programs through the Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Princeton Seminary in 2015. I have since attended other conferences, some of which have featured writers and editors, talking about writing and publishing from their different perspectives, as well as participating in workshops that Brian has led about the more practical aspects of writing, publishing and marketing one’s works.
On the “Writing For Your Life” website (writingforyourlife.com), the introductory page puts it this way: “If you write, or read, books that matter – books with substance and soul – then this is the place for you. We are here to help you gain inspiration and knowledge to empower your writing. We have a TON of free resources here and if you would like to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter with additional free resources you can do so here. Writing for Your Life is particularly useful for early-stage writers, including those who are not even sure if they consider themselves writers.”
I do subscribe to the weekly email newsletter, and find the short quotes and videos to be quite interesting. These are helpful and encouraging resources, and they are freely offered in order to have a positive impact upon writers and their works. I know that none of us really need more email, but I encourage you to check out the website and perhaps give the weekly email a try.
The words we write and speak are important. They have definite impacts, sometimes what we intend and sometimes otherwise. It is incumbent upon us to continue to grow in how we use words, how we craft them in sermons and prayers and in general conversation. While I do think that we can overuse words, I also think that when we do speak and write we should attempt to do so in the best ways possible. This is just one resource to help us to do that.
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