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OMSC Writing Workshop & Retreat (Part I): “To the Glory of God: Putting Your Story into Words”

Dr. Leslie Williams has taught writing for over twenty years to students at Midland College in Texas.  She is a former Fellow of Yale Divinity School, where she has researched and written her own books, most recently a biography of Reformer Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury (Eerdmans), and a contemporary defense of Christianity, When Anything Goes: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World (Abingdon).

This retreat will focus on the importance of telling your own story, learning how to communicate your faith journey to others using the written word.  Writing an autobiographical story is not the same as writing a sermon, a treatise, or an analysis of your faith; it requires a different vocabulary, structure, and mind-set.  The workshops will focus on how each believer continues to spread the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, telling how He has moved in each particular life, as we seek to spread his kingdom to others through our faith.

All participants will be given a book of exercises and suggestions.

Seminar co-sponsored by New Haven Korean Church.


Tuesday, November 28
2:00 – 4:00  Introduction: Why Writing Your Story Is Important; Overcoming Obstacles to Writing

Wednesday, November 29
9:30 – 11:30  Narrative as a Form; Getting Started
2:00 – 4:00  Guided Workshop, with exercises

Thursday, November 30
9:30 – 11:30  Pushing through the Middle
2:00 – 4:00  Guided Workshop, with exercises

Friday, December 1
9:30 – 11:30  Looking Ahead Toward a Conclusion

Texas-style brunch will be served to all participants.