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2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference Whirlwind and Rewind

 

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(The wonderful leadership planning team who helped make the 2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference happen: l-r: Ana Brors, Ashley Larkins, Kari Patterson, me, Bethany Jackson)

I am just coming off of the 2013 Faith & Culture Writers Conference Faith & Culture Writers Connection

Buzz! Such a whirlwind, such a wonderful time of connection, energy, fellowship, and camaraderie. People who attended came up to me during and after the conference and thank us for the great weekend. I heard, “best conference ever,” “such depth in the speakers’ topics,” “great variety of sessions and speakers,” “I am so inspired,” and “I know God wanted me here,” and “Thank you.”

From the opening welcome Friday night, LooyengaPhotography-6513LooyengaPhotography-6541

(Photos above and right: Brent Looyenga)

I reflect on the topics of discussion just during the large group sessions. Ken Wytsma sharing about the importance of literature in society as it gives us empathy for others. Phil Long asking in his spoken word poetry, “What if it’s all poetry?” and William Paul Young reminding us to just write and not try to make a profit, but to trust the gift. Paul Louis Metzger DSC_0193sharing that we should keep our writing real and vulnerable and Brian Doyle’s passionate heart-felt talk about three things: story, story, story. “Be story catchers,” he said. And Dan Merchant inspired us with his words about being authentic and to set high standards for our work. Soaking in all of these words over the weekend was awesome.

From the great talks and sessions to just looking around at everyone mingling DSC_0205and talking and sharing conversations, it was all so much fun. I use the word “buzz,” as that is what it felt like. The connection everyone was making did my heart good!

I go back to sharing  a huge thank you to the wonderful Leadership Planning Team who God brought forward to help bring last weekend’s conference to Multnomah. I am so grateful for these women – Bethany Jackson, our executive administrative assistant who truly is a servant-she has a gift and is a gift; Kari Patterson, who was our communications coordinator and MC; Ashley, our networking coordinator who put together the schedule of literary agent and mentoring appointments; and Ana Brors, who designed our FAITH & CULTURE WRITERS CONNECTION   website and directed with social media. I am so thankful for each of these ladies who caught the vision for the Faith & Culture Writers Conference and served alongside me!

So many people came together to make the day happen. Brent Looygenga and Aaron Esparze photographed for us. Hilda set up our bookstore and Joan Callendar DSC_0234ran the store for her. Martin French designed our logo WORDS, all the volunteers who were room monitors and greeters. Ediger Sound who recorded sessions for us.

To see so many folks gathered together, networking, connecting, fellowshipping was such a joy for me.

 

 

 

 

We had a Speaker Dinner beforehand on Friday night that was a lot of fun. William Paul Young came to that which was awesome. DSC_0184(Still waiting for the official photo from Brent for this.) I am grateful for each of the 25 speakers, who were theologians, professors, fiction authors, non-fiction authors, editors, literary agents, movement starters, activists, bloggers, and musicians, who gave of their time and heart to be here. I tried to be sure everyone was photographed! DSC_0190It was really wonderful after our event to gather together people for  a wrap up and giveaway.

Authors had donated books and Christianity Today offered gift subscriptions for our drawing. As  I said our final good-byes to everyone gathered in the Student Lounge there at Multnomah, I got teary eyed. I was not expecting that. And, then my wonderful leadership planning team surprised me with flowers and a card. DSC_0283So humbled. So grateful And I truly give it all to God. This was His event. It is a creative God we serve. And, to Him we dedicate the gift, the calling.

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  1. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Ramona- We are so glad you joined us for the 2013 conference! It means a lot to hear that you were inspired by the weekend and are still sifting through your notes! Blessings on your writing and stay in touch! Cornelia

  2. Ramona Kline says

    I am still poring over my notes, trying to absorb all the inspiration and trying to apply it all to my beginning steps in writing. I’m so grateful to all the speakers, and to you who spent so much of yourselves planning this event.

  3. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Megan! You made it! Yeah- so glad you came to the conference this year! It will be fun to see your development as a writer. I am grateful you were in my American Lit class a couple of years ago and that we shared an interest in writing! so, when’s our next meeting!?

  4. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Melissa- so good to have you come all the way out from Maryland! Wow. I am excited about our continued shared connections on faith and culture and the arts. Thanks for coming out to the conference. Stay connected.

  5. Megan says

    Cornelia, it was an amazing conference. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I am still trying to take it all in. I bought all the MP3s, and am looking forward to listening to all the sessions I missed.

  6. Melissa Otterbein says

    Great job, Cornelia and team! You all have left imprints on my heart!

    With gratitude,
    Melissa Otterbein

  7. Cornelia Seigneur says

    Crystal- we missed you! Next time I hope! – (PS I know you would have been there but you did just have a baby which does give you a great excuse ; ) …blessings on your writing! stay connected

  8. Crystal says

    I’m so jealous, wish I could have been there!



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