Storyteller, speaker and author Carol Harrison is heading up the committee organizing an InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship WorDshop to be held in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 23.
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InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship is a nationwide organization whose purpose is to support and encourage fellow Christians who write.The movement was initiated in Alberta in 1980. Some years later, several members moved out of province, but wanted to retain membership in the group. At the same time, writers from other provinces expressed a desire to be involved, and 1996, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship (ICWF) became a Canada-wide organization. Its members are Christians who write in a variety of genres including short stories, fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, magazine articles, newspaper columns, technical articles, and stories for children and youth.Among ICWF’s objectives are sponsoring an annual fall conference, and planning or participating in workshop events called WorDshops at other times during the year.Carol Harrison, a local writer and member of ICWF, heads the planning committee that is organizing a WorDshop for writers in Saskatoon and area on Saturday, March 23. It will take place at West Portal Church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The theme for all ICWF WorDshops this year is “One Word at a Time.”“We have chosen to have five short presentations to fit that theme at our WorDshop,” Harrison says. “There will be good amounts of Q&A time between the sessions, as well as networking opportunities.”The five presentations will flow sequentially, with one leading into the next.Sheila Webster is one of the WorDshop presenters. Her topic will be Seven Battles of a Writing Life.Webster has pastoral credentials and is the former editor of ICWF’s FellowScript Magazine. She currently does coaching and editing for young writers, and encourages people to write the stories God has given them. Her philosophy is simple: The time to write is now.Another presenter is Sally Meadows who will address the subject of working smarter, not harder — Tools to Improve Your Productivity So You Can Meet Your Writing Goals.Meadows is an award-winning author, singer/songwriter and speaker. She writes inspirational songs, short stories, articles, and has authored four children’s books: The Two Trees, Beneath That Star, When Sleeping Birds Fly: 365 Amazing Facts about the Animal Kingdom, and The Underdog Duckling.Meadows describes her workshop as demonstrating that no matter how busy you are, it’s possible to find more time to write, make more efficient use of your time, and accomplish your writing goals, whatever they may be. She will focus on how to implement the newest best practices for goal-setting, and how to overcome creative resistance so you can have a more productive writing life.Jewell, a singer/songwriter from the southern part of the province will present a workshop on beginning songwriting.Carol Harrison is a storyteller, speaker and published author. Her book, Amee’s Story, is the account of her daughter Amee’s life which began with Amee having a stroke at birth. Harrison is currently collaborating with fellow-author Ruth Keighley on an anthology of “God stories” which will be titled Making Crooked Places Straight.Harrison’s WorDshop topic is Mess To Message: How To Tell The Tough Stories Of Life And Why We Should.“Not all family stories and memories are warm and fuzzy,” she says. “There may be skeletons in our closet, and the hard times we stuff inside an old chest pop out at the most inconvenient times. In this workshop we will look at what to do with the messes of life and how to allow God to use the mess and make it into a message.”The fifth presenter is Kathleen Friesen, a published author of inspirational romantic fiction. Among her novels are Melody’s Song, Nila’s Hope, and Written in the Clouds. Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith where tough trials and deep heartaches are overcome. Her WorDshop presentation, Stuff of Life: Springboards to Fiction, is about turning the stuff of life into fiction.The WorDshop event is open to all writers, but presentations will come from a Christian perspective.Participants who have published books will have their work available for purchase at the event.Registration for the Saskatoon ICWF WorDshop can be made through the InScribe website by going to the Store tab. The pre-registration cost is $50 for InScribe members and $60 for non-members. At-the-door cost is $70. Pre-registration is preferred in order to adequately prepare for coffee breaks, lunch, and WorDshop handouts. The pre-registration deadline is March 20.As Carol Harrison says, “Writing can be a solitary endeavour if you don’t connect with others. WorDshop gives that opportunity to connect locally with other like-minded writers.”West Portal Church is located at 3134 33rd St. W. It is fully accessible and has plenty of parking available.For more information on the WorDshop event, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-230-5808.