Saturday, May 23, 2015

Three Reasons I Keep Coming Back to Write Canada

The Teaching

I don’t have a university degree in English. I don’t have the time or resources to go back to school right now. In fact, for the most part I guess you could say I’m self-taught writer—no pun intended. But one thing I do is attend Write Canada. Every year I embrace the opportunity to learn from some of the best writing teachers in North America. I’ve learned about writing, self-editing, promotion, professionalism, and career building—all in small, comfortable classes where faculty take the time to answer my questions and learn my name. And through the mentoring I’ve received as a Write Canada volunteer I have gained skills and experience I would never have managed on my own.

The Networking

By nature I’m a shy person. Write Canada has given me a safe place to grow. At Write Canada I’ve learned how to approach and connect with industry professionals and grow a career. The confidence I’ve built through this process has positively impacted all areas of my life. Never, never would I have imagined that one day I would dare speak to, let alone stand and laugh with such Christian writing greats as Ted Dekker.

The Support

Writing can be lonely. But at Write Canada I have made friends—the kind of friends that will last a lifetime. They’re fellow writers who understand my struggles. They celebrate my successes and mourn my disappointments with me. They pray for me. And I am honoured to do the same for them. Because of the community I joined by attending Write Canada, I know I am truly never alone.

God has used Write Canada to make me the person I am today. Let Him use Write Canada to shape your life, too.

Don't wait. If you haven't already--Register Today! Write Canada 2015.

Jayne E. Self is Director Write Canada 2015


Lux G. said...

Good for you to heed your calling. Keep on writing. Keep on changing lives. :)

Tracy Krauss said...

One of these days!!!

Peter Black said...

I identify with you in your introduction and on many points throughout your piece, here, Jayne.
My experiences in attending five W! C conferences were truly marvellous in every way, and I can thoroughly recommend attending them for the same reasons you've laid out.
(Hmm, one of these days I may get back!) :)~~+~~

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