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“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

 Faith & Culture Writers network exists to 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. 

The Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference is set for April 10-11, 2015 at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR.  Emily P. Freeman,  Romal Tune, Nish Wiseth, Tony Kriz, Simone Dankenbring, Josh Butler, Bob Welch, Cornelia Seigneur, AJ Swoboda, Seth and Amber Haines, Emily Maynard, Alex Marestaing, Chip MacGregor, Elizabeth Stewart, Micah J. Murray, Karen Zacharias Spears, 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.

During our yearly Conference we ASK QUESTIONS, PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATIONS, AND DIALOGUE with diverse people of faith, growing our creative friendships in real-live community.

“At the Faith & Culture Writers Conference, 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

 

WORDS 2012 Martin FrenchIf I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.I am weary of holding it in, indeed I cannot.

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, blog posts, articles, and books that God has led them to write. The vision is to bring in both established authors and 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, and Terry Glaspey.

2011 Beginnings

God has given us the creative arts as a way to communicate our story to others in a culture starving for beauty and relevance and stories that matters. 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 and gatherings, a place to be known by fellow creatives. Because of this craving for community, we established the yearly Faith & Culture Writers Conference (FCWC) in 2011, with Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon serving as our hosting sponsor. Our unique yearly gathering is a place where we find community, camaraderie, and life-giving connections with others who share a mutual calling to live out a creative life.

Our vision is to move our conference to a different university setting each year which makes our event accessible to a wide number of people.  The 2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference was held at Multnomah University while the the 2014 FCWC was hosted by George Fox University. In the 2015, the Faith & Culture Writers Conference moves to Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.

“The Faith & Culture Writers Conference is a unique creative 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 stories and 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, FCWC Founding Director

Special thanks to Martin French, our WORDS logo and artwork designer, and to Social Media Handlers for hosting and design of our website.

Our next Writers Connection meeting is Thursday, November 20, when Christal Jenkins will join us. The meeting is at 7 pm at Rolling Hills Community Church, located at 3550 SW Borland Road in Tualatin, Oregon. Email  newbethany1@gmail.com with questions. We take December off to enjoy Christmas. For our January 15, 2015 meeting, we welcome  Josh Butler, the author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet. Writers Connection meets in Tualatin, Oregon at  Rolling Hills Community Church.

Faith & Culture Writers Connection 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, be sure to sign up on our “subscribe” list to stay connected for upcoming meetings. The subscribe button is on our contact page here: Email subscribe link

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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, Nish Wiseth, AJ Swoboda, Josh Butler,  Tony Kriz, Cornelia Seigneur, Simone Dankenbring, Seth and Amber Haines, Alex Marestaing,  Matt Mikalatos, Chip MacGregor, Terry Glaspey, Carolyn MacCready, Nicole Miller, Elizabeth Chapin, Dan Merchant, Travis Klassen, Karen Zacharias Spears, Mick Silva, Christal Tanks, Nicol Epple, Phil Long, Marc Schelske, Kurt Bubna, Rochelle Carter, Chris Nye, Kari Patterson, Ashley Larkin, Emily Maynard, Micah J. Murray, Alia Joy.

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Conversations, workshops, and keynote speeches at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference are intentionally 50 percent FAITH/CULTURE/ INSPIRATIONAL and 50 percent PRACTICAL/INSTRUCTIONAL/HOW-TO/.

Breakout sessions cover topics such as:

  • Blogging
  • Fiction writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Getting Published-Traditional/Self
  • How to find an Agent
  • Non-Fiction Writing – Article writing/Freelance writing
  • Young adult/Children writing
  • Film/documentary
  • Poetry/Spoken Word poetry
  • Social Media
  • Working with editors
  • Overcoming fear
  • Finding your voice

We will provide additional details as soon as we have them!

 As our conference grows, so does the need for those who would like to help and 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 executive admin at:

Bethany Jackson at  newbethany1@gmail.com or the conference director at cornelia@corneliaseigneur.com

 Thank you for your interest in speaking at the 2015 conference. We were flooded with amazing applications and are now closing the application process. Thank you so much for your interest in the  Faith & Culture Writers! Please join us April 2015!

To Volunteer email:  Jody Collins: heyjode70@yahoo.com

CLICK HERE for 2015 Online Speaker Application

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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

Attendees

Jane Halton  @JaneHalton             Well That Was Fun

Glen Woods @GlenWoods             Faith & Culture Writers Conference 2014

Stephanie Wafer  @stephaniewafer       On Being Yourself and Sharing Your Story 

Travis Klassen @travisklassen      Ugly Crying at a Christian Writers Conference

Karrilee Aggett ‏@KarrileeA            Counting Gifts, Giving up Self Doubt, and how that’s goin’

Tresta Payne @SharpPaynes  We’re Still Friends (Faith & Culture Writers Conference)

Ramona Kline @RamonaK     Confessions of a Constitpated Writer: Faith & Culture Writers Conference 2014

Marc Alan Schelske   @schelske    Our Excuse

Jody Lee Collins @jodyo70  How I became a twitter convert and kept my salvation

David Ozab @davidozab   Faith & Culture Writers Conference

David Ozab @davidozab    7 Thoughts after the Conference

Kamille @Redeeming_table   I’m done waiting for permission

Cayla Pruett  @CaylaCherie23   Seasons of Sadness & A River That Runs 

 

Speakers/Mentors/Guests/Leadership

Deidra Rigg  @DeidraRiggs     Talk About Risk

Karen Spears Zacharias @KarenZach          Not God’s Tools

Tony Kriz @TonyKriz         You Are Not Alone Statements for Writers

Ashley Larkin @AshleyMLarkin      Wisdom for Writing and Living from the Faith & Culture Writers Conference

Lynn Hare @HareLynn      How to regroup after a big event

Matthew O’Connell   Preparing for Conference-Being Qualified through Faith

Want to have your conference testimonial or blog post featured here?  Tweet it to us or e-mail it to:  leadership@faithandculturewriters.com 

 

2013 

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

Writing in Long Form- by Hailey Greene

 

November Writers Connection features Christal Tanks

This month we welcome Christal Tanks  to our Writers Connection! We will be meeting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at  7 pm at Rolling Hills Community Church, located at at 3550 S.W. Borland Road, in Tualatin, Oregon. Christal is the author of two books, a speaker, and part of the God Crazy Freedom series. She will […]

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Founder & Conference Director

Cornelia Seigneur   cornelia@corneliaseigneur.com