“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther
“I stitch together stories”– Cornelia Becker Seigneur
I am: A Mom of 5 children and I’ve been married for 28 years. Our children are between the ages of 12 and 25, including identical twin boys, age 17, and our oldest two children are married! I’m also a Freelance Journalist. Speaker. Connector. Educator. Editor. Photographer. In addition, I’ve authored two books: WriterMom Tales (2010) and Images of America: WEST LINN (2009).
My other “baby” is the Faith & Culture Writers Conference. The Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference was April 10-11, 2015 at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. It is such a joy to bring people together into community, to connect around the table of creativity and Christ and culture.
My freelance writing work can be found at the The Huffington Post Parents and Religion sites, and I’ve been a regular contributor to The Oregonian newspaper since 1996, specializing in Faith & Culture, Family & Community stories. I wrote the family column, “Real-Life Mom,” for The Oregonian from 2005 to 2008 and before that I penned the “WriterMom” and “On the Home Front” family columns for the West Linn Tidings from 1999 to 2005. In addition, my work has appeared in Christianity Today and Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, among many other publications.
I have also been an adjunct professor, faculty adviser for a college student publication, a substitute high school and middle school teacher, and a church youth director.
I love going on adventures with my children and treasuring the extraordinary in the ordinary. I have a heart for Sudan refugees, missions, and youth who feel like outsiders. I love the outdoors, enjoying hiking, traveling, camping, power walking and bicycle riding. I have completed eight marathons since 2001. Maybe because I was born in Germany, I love love love to travel overseas as often as possible, and with my daughter and her husband living in Mainz, I now have an excuse!