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Taking up the pen with a foundation of faith

Event — Annual conference will bring together people involved in literature about faith and culture


The third annual Faith and Cultural Writers Conference will be held Friday and Saturday at George Fox University.

The conference is a collection of 30 bloggers, fiction and non-fiction writers, theologians, activists, literary agents, professors, social media agents and journalists.

The event, according to the group’s website, began with a goal of Cornelia Becker Seigneur to move beyond a small writing group at her church to a larger event with hundreds of people.

From that small group of writers at Seigneur’s church, and a debut conference with 200 people at Western Seminary, grew to what it is today.

The conference will offer more than two dozen workshops covering a variety of material, including one geared toward “impacting with words,” the conference’s running theme. This year, the conference will incorporate creativity surrounding the words “craftsmanship, voice, wisdom, fresh and diversity,” according to a press release.

Check in begins at 5:45 p.m., then a large group session is set for 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday morning will be packed full of workshop sessions all over the university campus.

The speakers hail from a wide range of writing spheres, including large session speaker Sarah Bessey, author of “Jesus Feminist” and a monthly contributor to She Loves Magazine; Deidra Riggs, online editor and creator of the websites “The High Calling” and “Jumping Tandem”; and Tony “The Beat Poet” Kriz, author in residence at Warner Pacific College and author of “Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pun and Other Unexpected Places.”

Other speakers include Paul Pastor, editor of Parse Magazine and Leadership Journal published by Christianity Today; Karen Spears Zacharias, journalist, professor and author of the fiction book “Mother of Rain,” and Emily Maynard, a featured columnist for Prodigal Magazine.

The admissions price for the conference is $85 until Thursday; the admissions price is $95 the day of the event. There are also scholarship offers and student rate of $30 offered by the conference.

For more information, visit www.faithandculturewriters.com.



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