The BGU Writers’ Community, formed in March of 2018, is nearing its one-year anniversary. We’ve enjoyed gathering students and faculty around a “virtual” table to encourage excellence in writing. Utilizing the knowledge of experienced authors and group contributions, the content of each quarterly session has been rich. Our guest presenters have informed and motivated participants to surpass their own expectations.
Last spring, Dr. Larry Peabody, author and professor, described how to get the book in you started by identifying your passion, discovering the purpose for your book, and discerning the needs of your readers. He encouraged new writers to have discipline and perseverance in the writing process. Larry also offered some time-tested writing skills: The who, what, where, when, why, and how readers will want to know.
The summer session featured Dr. Gea Gort directly from Rotterdam, Netherlands to our computer screens. Gea, author and BGU staff member, taught us how to order our thoughts, broaden our potential audience, and involve others in the writing process. She emphasized
maintaining a consistent style and tone throughout the book, reminding us to keep the message clear and simple.
Mark Williams, BGU doctoral student, writer, and editor was our guest in September. He effectively explained that a breakthrough in communication always begins with one question: Who? . . . Who is the giver of the message? Who am I that I should be chosen? Who is the
message for? The answers to the three-part “who” question, fortified our faith in God as the giver of the message, God as the creator who “crafted” us to deliver the message, and God as the preparer of those who will receive (read) the message.
To end our year, Dr. Randy White, Fresno Pacific Center for Community Transformation, professor and urban practitioner, skillfully led us to examine our motives while encouraging the benefits of a collective narrative. We learned that a collaborative project, written by multiple contributors/authors, often stands as a prophetic statement against individualism. A joint project creates a book no one person could write, making it representative of the many membered Body of Christ—every member necessary. From Habakkuk, Randy stressed the importance of transformational words that enable us (and others) to run with God’s vision and fulfill the purpose of writing: To fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:2,14)!
As we launch into 2019, perspective writers are invited to join the next Writers’ Community session on March 14 th. Our guest presenter will be author and editor, Paul Pastor. Paul is the author of THE FACE OF THE DEEP and a four-volume devotional series, LISTENING DAY: Meditations on the Way. We look forward to another great year of inspiration, instruction, and creativity. If you are motivated to write, let us help you set your words in motion!