Canada’s largest Christian writers’ conference pulls out all the stops for its 30th anniversary.
GUELPH, ONT. – An emotional Ted Dekker shared his heart during his keynote speech at the 2014 Write Canada Conference. He told how childhood fears led him on his journey to find significance through writing. “You are writing your own transformation -writing to find liberation in your own storms.” Dekker encouraged fellow writers to let go of their fears, and search for God’s beauty.
Pastor, professor, and award-winning author, Mark Buchanan, shared a similar message, challenging all to, “become writers under the influence.” Buchanan compared the Spirit-influenced writer to early Christians filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Buchanan exhorted his listeners to surrender their motives and write because they are called to write.
Beginner to professional writers dove into one and two-day Continuing Classes, and hands-on workshops. The Career Track, with round table discussions, gave professional writers opportunities to network and share their expertise. “What I learned from Write Canada equipped me both as an artist and a Christian,” said novice writer Amelia Bowes.
Faculty Appointments gave attendees the opportunity to meet one-on-one. Writers presented their work, pitched an idea, received feedback, or simply sought advice. Speed-Dating-With-an-Editor created a fast-paced and fun approach for writers and editors to meet. “The editors, publishers, and agents were so approachable, and full of amazing tips and ideas for making my project a success,” said first-time Write Canada attendee Faith Hazel. Cindy Mead, who struggles with the debilitations of cerebral palsy, brought her completed manuscript typed with one finger. Her inspiration left others saying, “I have no more excuses.”
Saturday evening Ruth Thorogood of Thorogood Communications, pulled back the digital veil on The Word Guild’s new logo and website. Thorogood expressed her passion, “I was so impressed with the people of The Word Guild. More people need to know how amazing this conference is.”
Jayne E. Self couldn’t agree more, “Write Canada celebrated its 30th anniversary in style. Attendance was up as people from coast to coast gathered to be encouraged, equipped and empowered to write with excellence. Write Canada 2014 was arguably our most memorable conference yet.”