Elizabeth has been accused of talking about sex all the time.
After growing up in the free-love-and-sex culture of Woodstock, Elizabeth got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) while in college at Ohio State. She has been wrestling with the disparity between the messages about sex she received growing up and those she hears in the church ever since. She graduated with a BA in Communication, moved to Santa Cruz and got involved with youth and young adult ministry while working as a technical writer in the software industry. She met her husband of 22 years at work and they currently live in Seattle, WA with their four daughters ages 15, 17, 19, and 21.
Elizabeth is currently working on her first book for InterVarsity Press about sex talks with girls.
Elizabeth has an MA in Ministry Leadership, teaches online for George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and is continuing her graduate studies in Religion and Gender at The University of Washington. She dreams of getting a PhD someday. When she is not writing, teaching, or studying, Elizabeth enjoys singing, playing guitar, sci-fi books or movies, and watching The Simpsons with her family.
Breakout Session #4 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Telling the Truth
Whether it’s memoir writing, using personal anecdotes to illustrate a point or documenting case studies, telling the truth is more than merely recounting facts. This workshop will include tales of my journey of truth-telling and the tools that help writers create memorable nonfiction.
“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 Freeman, Romal Tune, Tony Kriz, Simone Dankenbring, AJ Swoboda, Emily Maynard, Alex Marestaing, Chip MacGregor, Josh Butler, Micah J. 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.
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
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.
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
Our next Writers Connection meeting is November 2014 where we will feature Christal Jenkins. We take a break in December and then for January, we welcome Josh Butler, the author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet.
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, email Writers Connection leader Cornelia@corneliaseigneur.com to join the email reminder list. Writers Connection Blog post
Thank you to those who attended the 2014 Faith & Culture Writers Conference, where we partnered with George Fox University. **To order recordings of sessions, download form: Sound X Recordings. Email Recording Questions to Brad Ediger: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 SPEAKERS, AGENTS, ACQUISITION EDITORS, PANELISTS, MUSICIANS & MENTORS
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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, Tony Kriz, AJ Swoboda, Josh Butler, Seth and Amber Haines, Emily Maynard, Micah J. Murray, Simone Dankenbring, Alex Marestaing, Matt Mikalatos, Chip MacGregor, Terry Glaspey, Nicole Miller, Elizabeth Chapin, Dan Merchant, Travis Klassen, Cornelia Becker Seigneur, Karen Zacharias Spears, Mick Silva, Christal Tanks, Nicol Epple, Phil Long, Marc Schleske, Kurt Bubna, Rochelle Carter, Chris Nye, Kari Patterson, Ashley Larkin.
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:
- Fiction writing
- Freelance writing
- Getting Published
- How to find an Agent
- Non-Fiction Writing
- Young adult/Children writing
- Poetry/Spoken Word poetry
- Social Media
- Working with editors
We will provide additional details as soon as we have them!
Interested in helping or speaking at the 2015 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 executive admin at:
Bethany Jackson at email@example.com or the conference 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
Radically Normal- October Writers Connection to feature author Josh Kelley
By Cornelia Seigneur The author of the Harvest House recently-published book Radically Normal, written by Josh Kelley, is the guest speaker at our next Writers Connection, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, starting at 7 pm. All are welcome to this event for creatives, writers, story-tellers, movie-goers, lovers of literature, bloggers, authors, wanna-be-writers, you name it! We […]Read More
Importance of Creative Space
By Matthew O’Connell Writing creates a symmetrical relationship between our experience and the reader. Just as the world unfolds its self to us, we wish to unfold it back so the reader can share in the experience with us. “The wholeness of the mind in the creative moment is the essential consideration, the free […]Read More
Writers Connection monthly gathering returns for new season Thursday Sept. 18
Writers Connection resumes Thursday Sept. 18 at 7 pm at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin. We look forward to fellowship, connection, literary word of the day, quote of the day, what’s new with you and our guest speaker. Rochelle Carter. Rochelle Carter is the Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with […]Read More
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
It’s ok. We are art. | Writing Contest Winner
by Kelly McGuffie www.rainbootsandbeef.com “God has filled us with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all the craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs…for work in every skilled craft.” Exodus 35:31-33 ~~~~~ My mom made it her personal mission to culturally educate her children during summer breaks from school. […]Read More
Building Temples | Writing Contest Finalist
by Tresta Payne www.sharppaynes.com This life is for building temples. There’s a voice that blows like the wind at the back of your mind though, and it tells you that words are wasted, imaginary things and that temples are built with greater offerings – the ones that go on lists and require only […]Read More
Wandering in Wonder | Writing Contest Finalist
by Hanna Maxwell “God has filled us with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all the craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs…for work in every skilled craft.” Exodus 35:31-33 There is a dentist’s office near my house that I pass every now and then. I’ve been in there twice, and […]Read More
by Brooke Perry One of the sights I dislike the most is that of a blank page of paper. For some writers I’ve heard that this is an exciting sight, an invigorating and inspiring view of possibility; stories to be told and words to be written. For me it makes my throat close up and […]Read More
Encounters With Polar Bears, Macaws, and Other Writing Adventures
By Lynn Hare I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. Ezekiel 36:24, ESV I threw off the cold rainfall of Portland, Oregon last fall on a plane that touched down on a tarmac lined with palm trees in ninety-two degree Anaheim […]Read More
What Leadership Means to Me
By Matthew O’Connell I once thought events like Faith and Culture stem from one person. That one person alone makes all the plans and other people help execute it. My first meeting with the Faith & Culture Writers Conference leadership team quickly changed the view that I was inculcated with. I attended the Faith & […]Read More