Welcome back to the conclusion of one very fulfilling week in the writing life of yours truly which took place at Drew University Theological School, pictured above. If you missed out on the previous posts in this summer meanderings series, go back and read Front Porch Scenes, Amish Highways and Byways, Clearing the Way, Writers of the Spirit Connect and Being Who I Am.
At Publishing in Color the spotlight was shared by several authors. Barbara Brown Taylor again spoke, this time on belonging and about using words carefully because she says, “language shapes experience and the other way around.”
Authors Sophfronia Scott, Kathy Khang and Rod Colon also came to “the pulpit” throughout the two days and each had important words of inspiration and motivation. They also put their “two cents worth” into speaking about the mission of this publishing conference. Briefly put, the publishing community needs more diversity!
During this second conference, I was especially thrilled to meet Sophfronia Scott co-author of This Child of Faith and other publications as well as Donna Frischknecht Jackson. We three have connections to the State of Vermont. Sophfronia Scott earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. And Donna Frieschknect Jackson has been a pastor in Rupert, Vermont, just up the road a piece from where I used to live. Check out Donna’s Facebook page which is filled with videos and other fun content called Accidental Country Pastor. I, of course, also earned a college degree in Vermont and resided both in the northern and southern part of the state for a total of more than 30 years.
Above: Author Sophfronia Scott at the podium
with Sue Batton Leonard. Donna is also editor of Presbyterians Today magazine.
What fun it is to come together with people who share common interests and support and understand the work you do out there in the world. I left the two writers conferences with these thoughts to go forward with.
whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable
if anything is excellent
I’d like to especially thank Brian Allain for inviting me to participate and represent the independent publishing industry. I am very grateful to have met many wonderful, faith-filled people. Both publishing conferences Writing for Your Life and Publishing in Color were very worthwhile and I’d highly recommend them.
Heartfelt thanks to those who followed along on my Summer Meadering blog series. I appreciate your interest.
Good bye for now! Come on back to SowtheHeart.com.