Ministry of Writing Colloquium 2013 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Jana Riess
Keynote Speaker: Jana Riess is the author of Flunking Sainthood, The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published, What Would Buffy Do? and several other books. Her newest book, releasing in November 2013, is The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor! She holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University. Keynote speech: Writing through Failure “Get back on the horse that threw you,” Margaret Atwood said recently, in reference to her many failures as a writer. But she also observed, “You learn as much from failure as you learn from success.” Why is the process of writing often so heartbreaking, its lessons so hard-won? In this session, Jana Riess shares stories of failure—failure to publish, failure to write what’s in our hearts, failure to be “successful,” whatever that means—and points to writing as a spiritual practice. As a practice, it is the work of a lifetime, marked more by failure (or our perception of failure) than by success. Maturity for a writer—and anyone on the spiritual path—means coming to terms with failure and finding ways to incorporate its teachings into our writing and our lives.