Rachel E. Rittenhouse, author

Write His Answer – Writer’s Conference

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Write His Answer – Writer’s Conference

July 30-August 2, I had the wonderful opportunity of attending a Christian writer’s conference at Cairn University. Overall, it was such an amazing experience and truly encouraged me both spiritually and “writerly” (if that’s not a word, then I just made it one!). The days were packed full of keynotes, sessions, and appointments with editors, agents, and authors. Let’s just say that I have piles of papers back on my desk now to prove that I went on information overload, but in a good way!

I almost don’t know how to describe it to you. Every day, there was a keynote that encouraged me to really write the answer that God is laying on my heart. I think the message that spoke to me the most was what Nancy Rue said Saturday night. She said that we are to live the message of the stories we tell. No matter what we write about, whether it be historical fiction or a non-fiction, our writing should be a reflection of how we are living. We need to embody what we write about.

Throughout the three days I was there, I attended a Focus on Fiction class taught by Jeanette Windle. She is an amazing author and she has inspired me in so many ways. She knows how to write a book and do it well! It was neat how throughout the course of the class, she also showed us how the Bible is the perfect model for a story. The Bible gives us a setting (Gen 1:1), characters (Gen 2), conflict (Gen 3:1), plot (Ps 78:4), and resolution (Rev 21:1-4). So the Bible is the perfect story map for us writers, but guess what? There is also a fictional story in place too! 2 Samuel 12 is the story that the prophet Nathan tells to King David. Jeanette said that “story is designed to communicate a spiritual truth with the purpose of affection change in the reader.” Maybe that’s why I love writing fiction. 🙂

There were also a lot of other workshops to attend as well as opportunities to talk with agents and editors. It was quite nerve-wracking at first to sit down with a “famous” editor (at least in my eyes), but it was really inspiring too. To hear their feedback on my writing is something that I definitely won’t take lightly and am striving to put it all into practice!

It was also a nice surprise to find other teen writers there! Not that I minded hanging out with the “older” ladies, it was a pleasure finding other girls my age who are so much like me! 🙂

Alyson, me, & Abigail

Alyson, me, & Abigail

Cairn University

Cairn University

Out of 100+ books to buy, I only got 4!

Out of 100+ books to buy, I only got 4!

The beautiful walk from the dorm to conference

The beautiful walk from the dorm to conference

 

 

 

 

 

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