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The Art of Words
Self-Education Resources for the Christian Writer
INTRODUCTION: Basic Essentials of Christian Writing (101)
This 3-part course is foundational, with the guiding principles covered here used throughout the other tutorials and writing courses.
This tutorial explores the most important elements to consider when writing as a Christian. Students cover the processes necessary
when completing a publishable manuscript, beginning a new work, and building a long-lasting platform within the Christian
There are hundreds of New Testament stories, and so, many people believe there are no new topics that fit in the genre. The
Storycatching tutorial shows how to appropriately develop story/article/sermon ideas based on the particular importance and/or the
Jesus message within a topic. The tutorial covers how to enhance, reuse and recycle story ideas; and how to do so in a way that
does not distort the Word of God or bore the target audience with over-simplification.
Words, tools of the trade for the writer.
Helpmates. Creative energies. Words are potent and powerful. Words,
whether flowing from the pen or spoken, are helpmates, promising to color,
to shade or highlight...to create ideas and images that have impact.
Whether preserved in print or leaping from the tongue, words are a force.
They are tools of the trade that convey meaning, experience and activation.
Each word has a life of its own. Each word is a "carrier of spirit"... whether it
is a negative spirit or a positive spirit is up to the writer/speaker. The
important question to always ask is, "What kind of spirit is being released?"
as you write /or speak.
FORM AND CHARACTERISTICS (102)
Christian Writing has its own recognizable form, specific characteristics, and significance. These facts makes it a type of literary or
artistic written work; a work that can include musical lyrics. This very important tutorial covers the key elements to consider when
writing as a Christian: content and form, understanding the differences which exist between forms of writing in today's westernized
world and the form of writng that existed in Bible times.
THE WRITER'S POINT OF VIEW: The View Finder
Every person, place and event comes with its own story. This is why there is "my story," "your story," and most importantly, "His
Story." The Point of View tutorial aids a writer in understanding the place of his or her voice in Christian writing. Voice on the page
is this -- the way you say things, the way you tell stories, the details you consider important. This powerful and necessary tutorial
helps a writer to maintain the Jesus message in whatever they write.
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN WRITERS
The 40 authors of the Holy Bible were not all Christian writers. There were, in fact, only nine men who wrote the 27 books canonized
as the New Testament. It was these nine men who were the first Christian writers. They are called evangelists, a word meaning
'people who proclaim good news,' because their books aim to tell the "good news" ("gospel") of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, there
were Old Testament writers who foretold the birth and ministry of the Lord, but who cannot be properly called Christian writers.
Learn why not. Learn more.
THE CHRISTIAN WRITER'S TOOL KIT
The writing life is much easier when it is decluttered…thoughts and information is organized, and the "what" and "when" of the
writing tasks are focused and prioritized. In fact, doing these things—and making them a daily habit—motivates and inspires the
writer to produce their best writing. And, there are tools to assist. Tools that become important instruments of productivity as the
writer interacts with them. This tutorial shows how to use the technical tools of writing to write creatively and biblically correct.
To aid with understanding the language used by the Christian writing
community, there is the WordArtists' Christian Writer's Glossary. A
Christian writer needs to understand both the technical terms used by the
publishing industry, as well as the non-standard and colloquial language-
variation of words common to Bible subject-matter-experts. The Christian
Writer's Glossary provides broad and accurate definitions of words
frequently used by Christian writers so that the writer’s work can be clearly
and appropriately presented to all readers, and is in agreement with the
work of others. Purchase it on the Bookshelf page.
Writers new to the tasks involved in publishing find an acquaintance with the
terms used in the industry to be helpful in keeping matters clear! Those
much needed terms are provided herein as a free download.
PREVIEW: Art of The Word Learning Program
The Art of The Word tutorials, developed by and for WordArtists, strengthen the purpose and skill of the
Christian Writer. The chief aim of the WordArtists is to assist the would-be Christian writer with finding his or
her Christian voice and allowing that voice to be an echo of God's. This preview provides an overview of the
significance of the ATW courses, their merits, and the ease of using this type of methodology for learning.
Building skill, capacity and style.
WordArtists have named this segment of their program the
"Laboratory." It is here that developing writers experiment
with different writing expressions and test their abilities. For
the Christian writer (CW), the Laboratory is more like a
workout gym or fitness club. The lab exercises exercise the
CW's creative muscle and build up creative spirit that can be
transferred into their writing. As with any exercise regimen,
the key to building skill-strength and stamina is consistency.
Good writers write everyday...working out in the Lab is a
strategic action step that aids the CW with establishing the
The lab exercises are offered in sets, each having two options
(1) reading that offer a thought-focus
(2) a writing exercise.
Thought-foci are questions or statements perfect for reflection
or discussion with peers (small writing group).
| PROCESS: THE WRITING REGIMEN