Writing Faithfully Workshop // Starts February 4, 2019

Writing Faithfully Workshop // Starts February 4, 2019

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In this eight week course, participants will explore matters of faith as it pertains to both writing and storytelling. This course is designed to both think about what we believe and why we believe it, but also articulate, through story first, these beliefs (and doubts) as we understand and grapple with them. By the end of the course, participants will have written:

*one statement of faith
*five “found” poems based on Psalms
*two essays
*a vocabulary of faith
*one story of faith

This course focuses more on writing as exploration. While Callie believes the more we write, the better we write, this will not be so much a course on craft as it is a course on seeing what it is we believe and figuring what we believe into stories. Callie will respond to all writing assignments, but will not give full edits. Course is open to six participants.


Week One: Statement of Faith
Weeks Two and Three: Found Poetry in Psalms
Week Four: A Vocabulary of Faith
Week Five: I Wonder Reading
Weeks Six through Eight: Can I Get A Witness? Faithful Stories

Dates: February 4, 2019-March 29, 2019

Callie Feyen is generative inventor of engaging stories, essays and performance art.  Her wit, wisdom and essential humanity invite her audience/readers to take notice of her broadminded worldview and to listen for her distinctive voice.  Callie's style is fun-loving, incisive and energizing and chocked full of a sparkling intelligence.  - Reverend Jay Sanderford, First Presbyterian of Ann Arbor

Rabbi Sperber writes, “The question is a great religious act; it helps you live great religious truth.” While many writers have take up questions that propel them to distill the truths of their faith, fewer offer others specific guides for engaging sacred texts and practices in ways that lead them to articulate their own faithful truths with courage and honesty. Callie Feyen's course gives participants a path to do just that — to grapple with familiar stories anew and emerge with more insightful and incisive questions, as well as a deeper appropriation of their own faith tradition and a greater familiarity with their own voice. - Reverend Dorothy Parks- Piatt

The powerful art of storytelling, specifically our own stories, allows us to make sense of our faith journey in new ways. Through this course, Callie Feyen creates a safe and exciting space for participants to engage in the process of putting their faith into words. The combination of Feyen's humor, faithfulness and writing prowess make her the perfect guide for this journey. -Xan Morgan, Director of Children's Ministries; First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor


Callie Feyen lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Jesse, and their two daughters, Hadley and Harper. She is a contributing writer for Relief Journal, and Makes You Mom. Her writing has been featured in Altarwork, Good Letters, and Tweetspeak Poetry, and she is a LTYM DC 2014 cast member. Callie's first book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo & Juliet, was published in February 2017.

You can read Callie's C+C essays here