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THE TWELVE DAYS OF GIVING--PART 4

As I wrap up this four-part series, my thoughts turn to how I can bring The Twelve Days of Giving into the next twelve months. It is easy to be generous when we are caught up in the Christmas season, but my sincere desire is to be open to the needs of others throughout the year. We all have grand plans for what we want to accomplish at the beginning of a new year. I encourage you to include philanthropy in your plans too. And leave yourself open to those impromptu moments when the Spirit nudges you to give…

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF GIVING--PART 3

The first two instalments of this blog—Part 1 and Part 2—were mostly about acts of service. Now I will switch my attention to other resources. This next instalment is about online giving—monetary gifts. 

Most everyone agrees that giving to charities is important. There are many worthy charities out there; many places where your donation dollars could go. 

I encourage you to think about these questions when considering where to share your hard-earned dollars. What are you passionate about? What stirs your…

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TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY CONTRIBUTION

In September 2017, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship launches their new anthology (name TBA), a collection of Christmas stories, poems, plays, recipes, craft ideas, and more, with contributions by members all across Canada. As the new Press Coordinator for InScribe, I will be overseeing this project with a team of InScribe members who have graciously offered to volunteer their time to ensure that this project is a success. 


But before we get to that, we need your contributions! Deadline is set for …

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WRITE CANADA 2016 - DAY THREE

This blog is the last of a three-part blog about my experience at Write Canada, Canada’s largest conference for Christian writers, which was held at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale in Toronto, Canada, on June 23-25th, 2016. You can read the first two blogs here and here
 
My first workshop was with Catherine DeVries, Publisher with David C. Cook Publishing Company, who spoke on “Fundamentals of Writing Children’s Literature.” It was jam-packed with content and lots of encouragement. 
  
Catherine has a lovely, warm…

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WRITE CANADA 2016 - DAY TWO

This blog is part two of a three-part blog about my experience at Write Canada, Canada’s largest conference for Christian writers, which was held at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale in Toronto, Canada, on June 23-25th, 2016. 

Day Two of Write Canada saw delegates attend continuing classes that spanned the entire day. Topics included dramatizing Scriptures, writing memoirs, writing romances, a forensic science boot camp, the anatomy of a novel, and how to publish an e-book. To view details on the sessions, please…

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WRITE CANADA 2016 - DAY ONE

This summer I was blessed to attend Write Canada, Canada’s largest conference for Christian writers, at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale in Toronto, Canada, on June 23-25th, 2016. I was able to attend the conference thanks to a bursary and a generous donation by a supporter of my ministry. I am incredibly grateful and humbled for these supports. Many thanks are extended to everyone who was involved in the planning and execution of Write Canada; you are very much appreciated! 

This blog post and the two to follow…

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CROSS-MARKETING: CONNECTING ART FORMS

Christmas in July! ALL books and CDs mentioned below are on sale from July 15-31, 2016!

Finding connections has always been an important part of how I experience the world. From discovering things in common with new acquaintances, to solving scientific puzzles, to figuring out whodunits, and making sense of the present from the past, I automatically process experiences by identifying or creating associations. It is no surprise that I have incorporated this practice, which I see as part skill and part…

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HOW MY BOOK “THE TWO TREES” HAS IMPACTED KIDS

Last week I had the opportunity to do my first out-of-province The Two Trees presentation to over 200 grades 2-5 students. It was a little challenging as I usually rely on the hands-on activities we do after the reading and discussion to make it extra special for students. But I was unable to bring anything along other than my PowerPoint presentation. Nonetheless, the students were eager to both answer my questions after the reading and pose questions of their own about what's it like being an author,…

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WRITING AND SPEAKING OUT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CHANGE

Over the last few months, my writing ministry has taken me in a direction that in one sense is unexpected and in another makes perfect sense: to write for, and raise awareness about writing for, social justice and change. I believe that we as writers have incredible potential and power in our hands to educate and influence for the betterment of society beyond sharing the gospel. 

I am so excited that this coming summer I will be leading a workshop for elementary-aged children on that very topic. Raising…

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ALTERNATE BEGINNING FOR MY CHILDREN'S BOOK "THE TWO TREES"


Although the story that eventually became the foundation of my first children’s picture book The Two Trees (2015) had been rattling around in my head for a while, I hadn't actually written anything down until I took an online course called “Write a Children’s Picture Book” from award-winning author Alice Kuipers a few years ago. 

The course was very interactive, allowing all participants to comment on each other’s pieces and encourage each other in our respective journeys to creating our children’s book…

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