Blog Academics, Alumni, Faculty
The Art of Beginning: 5 Ways to Invigorate Your Writing
I love a story from the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. A ceramics teacher divided pottery students into two groups—one that had to make as many pots as possible and another that had to make the best pot they possibly could. At the end of the day, the ‘quantity’ group showed their...
Friday, January 31, 2020
Blog Communication, Community
Writing for Wonder and Joy
Six years ago today I got my first book deal. I also had my first panic attack. Publishing was very hard for me, almost every single step. So hard, in fact, that I had a long crisis of identity about whether I even wanted to be an author.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Blog Faculty, The Arts
The Spiritual Act of Naming: Truth Telling in Writing
My desire to write comes from an experience of reading. I read a transforming word. As I am transformed, I wish to influence transformation in a confusing and unjust world. Ethicist Oliver O’Donovan writes...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Blog Leadership, Ministry & Missions
The crucial organizational role of stories
A college degree in my hand and a burning passion in my heart, I set out to start my career. But the Lord's timing is not my timing. I remain grateful for that blessing every day. I don't want to forget it. Storytelling helps me remember His love and faithfulness by keeping that gratitude alive!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Blog Community, The Arts, UNW News
Northwestern hosts largest Christian writers conference in the country
In just the first year for what will be an annual event, the Northwestern Christian Writers Conference sold out, and it became the largest Christian writers conference in the nation.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Blog Academics, Faculty, The Arts
Dealing with writer's envy
Working towards success as a writer is difficult. Watching that success come to your peers while it eludes you can be even more challenging to deal with. Author and professor Heather Peterson shares how you can beat the green eyed monster.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Blog Academics, Faculty, Parents, Students, The Arts
I want to write. Am I doomed to be a barista?
As an instructor in the professional writing program at UNW, I see lots of talented students. But these students sometimes don't know how to push this writing life forward as a vocation. With some guidance and practice, students begin to see that the very skills they use to tell their story can be...
Monday, April 24, 2017