Strengthen link between faith, writing at summer workshop

Concordia Seminary will host a Faith and Writing workshop on campus July 28-30 to explore various forms of creative writing—starting a blog, creating a sermon or devotion, “traditional” forms of creative writing (story, nonfiction, drama, poetry)—and how Christian faith influences written work. Attention will be given to social media and new forms of expression, with ample time provided for creative exercises.

Rev. Travis Scholl, managing editor of Concordia Journal, and author of Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God, and Peter Mead, Christian editor, publisher, and writer, will lead the workshop. It begins Tuesday, July 28, at 9 a.m., and ends Thursday, July 30, at 3 p.m. The cost is $175 per person with a maximum of 15 participants. On campus housing is available ($30 per person shared room; $45 per married couple or non-shared room). Meals are not included. Registration is now open online and the deadline is July 17.

“We often think creativity is something you have to be born with. But it isn’t,” said Scholl. “The workshop is all about ways to cultivate creativity in our lives, especially with words. And especially when it’s rooted in a God who creates, the Word made flesh.”

The workshop will focus on what it means to create and communicate as a person of faith. What makes for effective communication? How do we cultivate creativity in our lives? What role does faith play in the creative process? Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own work, as well as favorite works by others.

For more information, contact the office of Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or ce@csl.edu.

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