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The Northern Pen Writing Workshop

"Speak to the Bones": Discovering, Writing and Sharing Your Story for His Glory

March 22 - 24, 2019 Friday 5 pm - 1 pm Sunday

Buford, Georgia

God’s Word instructs us in many places to “remember” his acts among us, to “declare his glory among the nations,” and to pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the glorious ordinary. How do we accomplish this? In this special intensive weekend, Leslie Leyland Fields will guide participants in this profound means of public witness and spiritual transformation: discovering, writing and sharing our life stories. She’ll present the dynamic writing process she has used for decades that is both practical and inspiring, from accessing memory to generating ideas to shaping final drafts and beyond.

Topics Covered:

*Why Your Story Matters

*Discovering and Mapping Your Story

*What Kind of Stories Bring God Glory?

*Practicing the Three Building-Blocks of Story-Making

*Writing as Prayer, Discovery and Response

*Excavating Memory: Freeing the Creator; Educating the Editor

*Telling the Truth of Hard Places and Difficult People

*Publishing Tips, Pits and Platform

To sign up or for more info, please write Leslie at

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Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award winning author/editor of 11 books, including the forthcoming, Tell a Better Story: Heal the Past, Share Hope, Encounter God; *The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength;  *Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food  won three "Best Book of 2010" Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and many others earning her Pushcart nominations, Evangelical Press Awards, and a Genesis Award.

With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively.  Leslie was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts program where she taught creative nonfiction for six years. She taught Literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years. The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, as well as other writing workshops she leads in the U.S. and overseas enable her to keep mentoring other writers---her favorite activity!  Leslie is a speaker as well, addressing topics of faith, art and culture at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches around the world. She has been editing, teaching and mentoring writers for more than thirty years. A number of her students and have gone on to publish their manuscripts, (which makes her incredibly proud!)



Cost and Schedule

The seminar begins

Fri., March 22 5:30 pm, ends Sun., Mar. 24, 4 pm.

in Buford, Georgia (45 minutes north of Atlanta)

Class size is limited to 20, allowing time and space for personal mentoring and interaction.

COST: $500, including lunch on Sat. & Sunday

Married Couples Discount: $750

For further information, please contact Leslie at