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.

Schedule:

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


When Ashlee recommended I take this course, I was skeptical that it would be worth my time. I hadn't read any of Callie's work prior and writing wasn't a primary focus for me. After taking this course, I truly feel as if I can exhale; I have rediscovered a passion for writing and an outlet for myself. I walked into the course wanting to explore topics of my heart that I had yet to give language to, and Callie gracefully lead me through them. She never judged me or my writing, but instead, did what a brilliant teacher does: saw the potential in each piece and drew out the good from it. I often felt myself crying as I read her responses, not because I felt discouraged, but because of how aptly and powerfully she encouraged me. When she was drawing out the good from my writing, she was really drawing out the good in me.  Thank you, Callie, for your big heart, your sense of humor, and the multitude of resources that you gave. You were such a gift to me and I will always attribute the resurrection of this gift of writing to you (and God!). I couldn't imagine opening up about the topics that I explored to anyone more understanding. I am so glad it was you. - Kristine

Taking Callie Feyen's Exhale course, Writing Faithfully, was possibly the best decision I've made this year. Her assignments were thoughtful, inspiring and pushed me to dig into my beliefs and doubts. Week by week, as I read the Bible and completed the writing exercises, I uncovered new layers of God's story and mine. As a professional writer/editor, my workload is so heavy I don't often get the kind of detailed feedback on my stories that I received in this course. Callie's encouragement breathed new energy into my writing life. She is a gifted, kindhearted teacher whose instruction propelled me forward in my craft. Writing Faithfully helped me reexamine difficult moments in my life and find new meaning in them, for that, I'm deeply grateful. - Erin

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


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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