Kendall Vanderslice talks about her journey as a writer that has led her to the release of her first book, We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God (Eerdmans) in May 2019. After graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois (BA Anthropology 2013), she began engaging questions of food and faith. Interested in commensality—or, the social dynamics of eating together—she studied food at Boston University (MLA Gastronomy 2016) and is now finishing her studies Duke University, studying the theology of bread (MTS 2019).
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Two Worlds Media has partnered with some local teachers and coaches who can help writers polish their craft. It is our pleasure to recommend Jenna Thompson as one of those professionals.
Jenna will be facilitating the first of several writer’s workshops on April 22nd. We at Two Worlds Media would like to encourage you take advantage of this local (Portland, OR) opportunity by offering the few remaining slots at a reduced rate of $35.00. That’s a $15.00 discount! Click here for details and a sign-up form.
In the future, we are planning to organize a series of online collaborative workshops. Each facilitated practicum will be limited to four or five students who will work together with a coach to develop an aspect of their writing. Topics will focus on plot refinement, character development, descriptions and other elements of the writer’s practice.
We like to let you know when we hear of opportunities for indie authors to polish their craft. Jenna Thompson, who you may have heard me interview for our “Hey, Teacher!” episodes, is holding a writer’s workshop in April. I’m passing her invitation along to you:
Hello friends —
I’m writing to invite you to a small writing workshop on April 22nd. While most of you know that I teach college writing and tutor students, there is an element to my personal writing practice that I don’t usually talk about. This is what I want to share with you.
For me, writing is more than putting words on paper or finishing a piece for an audience. It is a way of deepening my attention and honoring the sacred in ordinary moments. It’s a way of touching the mystery of being alive. It invites patience and slowness instead of frantic hurrying. It is, to borrow a phrase from poet Denise Levertov, a form of prayer.
Please consider joining me on the 22nd. I’ll bring poems, readings, and prompts to help you explore and develop your own writing practice. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or if you don’t write at all. Everyone is welcome!
I hope to see you soon . . . and please pass the word to anyone you think might be interested.
Date: April 22nd
Place: Northeast Portland
For details or to sign up use the contact form below.
Space is limited to eight participants
It won’t be long, now! The manuscript for the next book from Two Worlds Press has gone to the publisher and the proofs are in the mail. The book should be available within the week. This book is a collaborative effort with Jody and I and Calvin and Julie Tadema of Masters Mind Ministry. We’ve been working closely with Cal and Julie for quite awhile now and we’re excited to have been able to work together on this project.
Here is the blurb from the back cover.
Marriage Rx is a code name that came as a response to the news that yet another Christian marriage was headed for divorce. We agreed that the schemes of the enemy included the destruction of marriages, derailing those that have been called to serve, and taking out those that should be spiritual leaders. What was God’s prescription for this epidemic?
We went away to a quiet place to pray and seek His face. Out of that prayer time came a picture of God’s intentions for marriage. This book is not a new list of actions and behaviors to help husbands and wives get along better. It is a description of the character and identity of God reflected through married Christians living as examples of His nature. Marriage Rx is about your marriage—all of our marriages—but more than that, it is about His marriage: Christ and His church.