“God has filled us with the Spirit, and with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills. . . to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” - Exodus 35:31-33
The Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference is set for April 10-11, 2015 at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. Emily Freeman, Romal Tume, Tony Kriz, Simone Dankenbring, AJ Swoboda, Emily Maynard, Alex Marestaing, Chip MacGregor, Josh Butler, Micah Murray, and Rochelle Carter are among the featured speakers.
The Faith & Culture Writers Connection is a diverse, faith-based creative community of writers, bloggers, lovers of literature, journalists, professors, activists, theologians, literary agents, editors, publishers, screenwriters, musicians, artists, poets, and everyday people who love WORDS, God’s Word and story. They feel led to share the message God has given them through the literary arts.
God has given us the arts as a way to communicate truth to others in a culture starving for beauty and relevance and story that matters. FCWC exists to network, engage, inspire, challenge, and validate fellow writers of faith as we seek to celebrate the very gift of creativity bestowed on us by the Great Creator Himself.
Although the internet, social media and hashtags are great ways to connect virtually, we have a God-given need for living, breathing, in-person connections, gatherings, and a place to be known. Because of this need and craving for community, we have established the Faith and Culture Writers Conference (FCWC).
#FCWC is a unique gathering where we find community, camaraderie, and life-giving connections with others who share a mutual calling to live out a creative life.
The Conference is a place where weASK, LISTEN AND DIALOGUE with diverse people of faith, growing our friendships.
FCWC is intentionally 50% INSPIRATIONAL, 50% PRACTICAL.
Breakout sessions cover topics such as:
- Fiction writing
- Freelance writing
- Getting Published
- How to find an Agent
- Non-Fiction Writing
- Social Media
- Working with editors
Our 2011 inaugural Faith & Culture Writers Conference at Western Seminary in Portland, OR, featured Gina Ochsner, Paul Louis Metzger, Richard Twiss, Heather Thomas, Jenni Burke, and Bill Jensen;
The 2013 FCWC at Multnomah University in Portland, featured William Paul Young, Ken Wytsma, Brian Doyle, Dan Merchant, Don Jacobson, David Jacobsen, and Pam Lau.
The 2014 FCWC at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Featured speakers included: Sarah Bessey, Deidra Riggs, Tony ‘the Beat Poet’ Kriz, Sarah Thebarge, Paul Louis Metzger, Randy Woodley, Micah J. Murray, Emily Maynard, Paul Pastor, Mick Silva, Karen Spears Zacharias, Kurt Bubna, and Derek Chinn.
At FCWC, you will be encouraged, enriched, and challenged to live the creative life that God has called you to. Join us and take your art to the next level while discovering your unique voice and place to house your story.”
Cornelia Becker Seigneur, Founding Conference Director
Jeremiah 20: 9
Connecting and validating people of faith who love WORDS, story, and The Word.
The Faith & Culture Writers Conference is a unique gathering for conversation around creativity, the arts, and making a difference in culture with words and story. Writers need fellowship! Both inspirational and practical, the annual event engages, encourages, networks, and challenges people in their calling to write the stories, blogs, articles, and books that God has led them to write. The vision is to bring in both established authors as well as to introduce new voices to the conversation around voice and story.
Speakers, authors, theologians, activists, bloggers, literary agents, filmmakers, journalists, editors, and everyday writers are among the speakers and workshop leaders each year. Past speakers include Deidra Riggs, founder of Jumping Tandem retreats, Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, William Paul Young, author of The Shack, Ken Wytsma, The Justice Conference founder, Paul Louis Metzger, theologian, professor and author of Connecting Christ, Richard Twiss, author of One Church, Many Tribes, Gina Ochsner, author of Necessary Grace to Fall, Brian Doyle, author of Grace Notes, Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wisemen, and Dan Merchant, film-maker of Lord Save Us from Your Followers. Some of the varied literary agents who have taken book pitches include: Don Jacobson, Bill Jensen, Jenni Burke.
The first Faith & Culture Writers Conference debuted in 2011 at Western Seminary, with many people who attended noting the depth of the speakers, topics, and conversations.
“We serve a creative God who has given us the gift of art and story and WORDS,” said Cornelia Becker Seigneur, the visionary behind the conference. She had started a writing group at her church years ago, and found fellow believers were looking for a place to bond around their mutual love for, and calling toward, creativity, WORDS, and story.
Dreaming of a larger event, they wondered what it might be like to gather hundreds of creative people of faith together to engage, encourage, challenge, and inspire one another in this mutual creative calling on their lives. The Pacific Northwest is packed with creative people of faith who see that God can use words to impact culture. Becker Seigneur met with her friend Bev Hislop of Western Seminary who loved the vision and Western sponsored what became the first Faith & Culture Writers Conference in 2011. Corban and Multnomah collaborated on the event. Our vision is to move to different university settings for our yearly event. The 2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference was held at Multnomah University and the the 2014 event was set at Newberg Friends Church and George Fox University. In the 2015, the Faith & Culture Writers Conference moves to Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. 2015 Faith & Culture Writers Conference
People who have attended the Faith & Culture Writers Conference have said they love the positive environment created, and that it was the best writing conference they had ever attended. Many have said “it was intellectual, challenging, deep, literary, encouraging, and life-changing.” It became a community of fellow creatives who were challenged to move forward with their call to write. And, for many, it was the first writing conference they have ever attended.
“The Faith & Culture Writers Conference is a unique Christian writing conference experience. Some who attend say they are not writers at all, but they write out of necessity and calling and conviction, as it is through the written word that they are able to communicate their message in a changing world starving for truth and beauty. I love that about our conference, as we are honored to introduce fresh new voices to the conversation around word and story and faith and culture and the arts, people who write because they have to write.”
Cornelia Becker Seigneur
Our 2014 FCWC was held Friday March 7 at Newberg Friends Church (307 S College St., Newberg, OR) and on Saturday, March 8 at George Fox University (414 N. Meridian St., Newberg, OR). Registration for 2014 was SOLD OUT.
Our next Writers Connection meeting is Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 at 7 pm at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin Oregon. All are welcome! This month we feature Rochelle Carter, an author, publisher and entrepreneur. See link for info: Writers Connection Thursday Sept 18, 2014
Rolling Hills is located at 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, OR 97062
Faith & Culture Writers is a faith-based diverse creative community of writers, bloggers, lovers of literature, journalists, professors, activists, theologians, literary agents, editors, publishers, screenwriters, musicians, artists, word poets, and everyday people who love WORDS, the Word, story, and feel led to share the message God has given them through the literary arts. God allows us to create as a way to communicate truth to others in a culture starving for beauty and relevance and story that matters. The connection exists to network, engage, inspire, challenge, and validate fellow writers of faith as we seek to celebrate the very gift of creativity bestowed on us by the Great Creator Himself.
We hold monthly Writers Connection Meetings during the school year to continue to encourage each other and grow in our writing. We have a special guest for each month and we post date and time on our Facebook page so join us there to stay connected! And, email Writers Connection leader Cornelia@corneliaseigneur.com to join the email reminder list.
Thank you to the almost 300 people who attended the 2014 Faith & Culture Writers Conference held March 7-8, 2014 in Newberg, Oregon. We were grateful to George Fox University for being our hosting sponsor and to Newberg Friends Church and George Fox University for allowing us to use their facilities. This page highlights the 2014 FCWC speakers, literary agents, acquisition editors, musicians and other special guests. **To order recordings of sessions, download form: Sound X Recordings. Email Recording Questions to Brad Ediger: email@example.com
2014 SPEAKERS, AGENTS, ACQUISITION EDITORS, PANELISTS, MUSICIANS & MENTORS
CLICK on a PHOTO to READ Bios & Breakout Session Info
Mark your calendar for the best FCWC yet! … We will be holding the 2015 Faith & Culture Writers Conference on Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Speakers include:
Emily P. Freeman, Romal Tune, Tony Kriz, AJ Swoboda, Emily Maynard, Micah J. Murray, Simone Dankenbring, Alex Marestaing, Josh Butler, Matt Mikalatos, Chip MacGregor, Terry Glaspey, Nicole Miller, Elizabeth Chapin, Dan Merchant, Travis Klassen, Cornelia Seigneur, Karen Zacharias Spears, Mick Silva, Christal Tanks, Nicol Epple, Phil Long, Marc Schleske, Kurt Bubna, Rochelle Carter, Chris Nye, Kari Patterson, Ashley Larkin. We will provide additional details as soon as we have them! Email Cornelia@corneliaseigneur.com to volunteer or learn more.
Interested in helping or speaking at next year’s conference?
As our conference grows, so does the need for those who would like to help and for those who are interested in speaking/presenting. We are also looking for long-term partners/sponsors for our conference.
If you would like to connect with us on how to be involved/serve at future events, please email the conference founder/director at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who are interested in speaking, and to streamline the process and ensure a wide diversity of speakers and topics, we will be accepting applications and these will be reviewed and considered for 2015. Thank you so much for your interest in the Faith & Culture Writers!
To volunteer, email email@example.com
Blog Posts reflecting on the 2014 Faith & Culture Writers Conference
“Attending the Faith & Culture Writers Conference turned out to prove as one of the most authentic and life-giving conferences.”
Kamille, 2014 FCWC attendee
Karrilee Aggett @KarrileeA Counting Gifts, Giving up Self Doubt, and how that’s goin’
Jody Lee Collins @ How I became a twitter convert and kept my salvation
Matthew O’Connell Preparing for Conference-Being Qualified through Faith
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“I am still processing the weekend and have just started to listen to the content on the mp3′s and again just feel so encouraged and invigorated. I am in awe of the creativity of the God who takes our tiny shards of glass offerings and turns them into stained glass windows. You have created a God-breathed conference.”
Helen Washington, 2013 FCWC attendee
Blog Posts reflecting on the 2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference
Importance of Creative Space
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2015 Faith & Culture Writers Conference dates and location announced!
The date and location of the 2015 Faith & Culture Writers Conference have been announced! On Friday-Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 we will hold our Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Warner Pacific College reached out to our founding conference director, Cornelia Becker Seigneur, who met with Warner’s […]Read More
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