Growing up today is tough. Many kids live in homes where their needs don’t get met. Sometimes they don’t feel safe either at home or at school—places we used to take for granted as “safe havens.” It has become a scary, unsettling world for children.
Does your heart go out to children today? Do you wish you could offer them, through your writing, hope for a better future?
As author Barbara Steiner once said, “Writing for children is the toughest of all writing because children’s books change lives… Kids take stories to heart, believe them, and reread them if they have touched their spirits.”
You, too, can touch a child’s spirit through your writing. You can use your writing talent to affirm life, to inspire and help and encourage. If that is the “heart” of why you write, you are in good company. One of the best things writers can give children through their writing is a sense of hope.
Madeleine L’Engle, Newbery Award winner, said: “We don’t want to feel LESS when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.”
Never has there been a greater need for inspirational stories, articles, and books for children and teens. Religious publishers and general interest publishers alike are seeking hopeful books with solid values. Some material can “cross over” into both markets. If you want to write fiction that inspires and encourages, I hope you will join us for the workshop on “Sharing our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets.”
“Literature is not an escape from life, it is a way of experiencing life on a larger scale—a way of understanding that our problems are not unique, but have been faced by other people, and overcome,” said Michael Korda, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Simon and Schuster. “That, in the end, is the most important lesson of literature: that we are not alone in suffering the problems of childhood or adolescence; that others over the centuries have gone through the same things and survived.”
If you want to share your faith and hope in a way that inspires and comforts, then I hope you will join us for “Sharing our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets” May 30 through June 2. [See scholarship information at the end.] With Paula Morrow (Christian editor, writing teacher, and book reviewer) and Kristi Holl (author of forty-two books for general interest and Christian publishers), you will:
- learn the distinctions among the publishing terms religious, spiritual, Christian, inspirational, and crossover and decide where your own work fits best;
- learn how to write strong characters who are believable and multifaceted, yet flawed enough for kids to identify with;
- participate in discussions on surviving the writing life – and thriving – plus self-care for writers;
- learn how to infuse tension into your characters, plot, settings, and dialogue;
- explore inspirational market guides, plus discuss books especially for inspirational writers; and
- understand and learn to deal with “gatekeepers”: parents, gift-givers, librarians, editors, and agents.
Hope you decide to join us! If money is tight, check out the scholarship information. [This is an "extra" advertising post. See you again on Friday!]