“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther
Faith & Culture and Family Writer ~ Journalist. Speaker. Teacher. Photographer. Editor. Connector. Advocate. Mom
“I stitch together stories”– Cornelia Becker Seigneur
Freelance Journalist and adjunct professor Cornelia Becker Seigneur is the mother of five amazing children between the ages of 10 and 23, including identical twin boys, age 15. Her daughter is married! She is the author of two books: WriterMom Tales (2010) and Images of America: WEST LINN (2009).
She has been a freelance journalist for The Oregonian newspaper since 1996, specializing in Faith & Culture and Family and community features. Cornelia wrote the family column, “Real-Life Mom,” for The Oregonian from 2005 to 2008 and before that she penned the WriterMom and On the Home Front family columns for the West Linn Tidings for seven years. Currently, she also pens the weekly Sports Spotlight published in the SW Weekly Community section of The Oregonian.
In addition, Cornelia is a freelance writer for Christianity Today, and her work has also appeared in Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture and the Huffington Post, among other publications.
Since 2010, Cornelia has been an adjunct professor at Multnomah University, where she currently serves as the Faculty Adviser for the student publication MuSE magazine Muse magazine. which she helped launch in the fall of 2011. She has taught American Literature, Media Analysis, Persuasion and Communication Theory at MU, as well as Public Relations at George Fox University. In addition, Cornelia has taught at Portland State University and through Clackamas Community College. She is an occasional substitute high school and junior high teacher for West Linn Schools as well.
Cornelia has a passion to network and connect writers of faith in their creative calling as a ministry. She is the founder of the Faith & Culture Writers Connection and she was the founding director of Portland’s First Faith & Culture Writers Conference-Taking our Writing to the Streets, the Coffee Shops, and yes, the Church held at Western Seminary in April 2011. Their next conference is slated for April 5-6, 2013 at Multnomah University. Here is the website: Faith & Culture Writers
In addition to leading monthly Writers Connection meetings at Rolling Hills, Cornelia is also the co-chair of the board of the Center for the Theology of Cultural Engagement where Paul Louis Metzger is the founding director. http://theologyofculture.org/
Cornelia loves going on adventures with her children and appreciating the extraordinary in the ordinary. She has a heart for refugees, missions, and youth ministry. She enjoys the outdoors, enjoying hiking, traveling, camping, power walking and bicycle riding. She has completed seven marathons since 2001, including six Portland Marathons. Cornelia was born in Germany and travels overseas as often as possible to visit her amazing daughter (and her husband) who are students at the university in Mainz Germany.