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I had to share this. Hopefully it will attract some more folks next year.



              Two 2017 MCWC Faculty Members: Torry Martin + Carol Wedeven

  1. Your family loves what you’ve written, but now you’ll get the full scoop from editors and agents of how good your manuscript really is (or isn’t).
  2. You’ll learn how to properly submit your work to a publisher.
  3. You’ll discover that your high school English needs A LOT of brushing up.
  4. Words like “genre,” “royalty publishing,” “submission,” and “elevator pitch” will finally have meaning.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with best-selling authors.
  6. You’ll be able to attend dozens of workshops that will teach you all aspects of the writing/publishing business.
  7. You’ll be able to purchase “how-to-write” books at a reduced price that will help you hone your craft.
  8. You’ll be able to meet the editor or agent of your choice to show your work.
  9. You’ll make new writer friends who will…

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Posted: May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

I know this is a little overdue, but I still wanted to share it because we should all appreciate our moms and the mothers of our children every day. So if your mom is still here, give her a big hug and thank her, if she’s gone on before, live in a way that honors her. The best way to do that is to honor God. Remember, none of us would be here without our moms.

Well it finally happened. We had our first substantial snow of the year. In Pennsylvania that this took until nearly mid-February is pretty unusual, but as someone who is not a fan of the white stuff, I’ll take it. I know God has a reason for snow, and I know some love it, but for me the reason escapes me. I much prefer Spring, Summer and Fall, but I digress.

My church urged me to work from home yesterday and my wife and son who both work in education had snow days so we were all together, and that was kind of nice, but today it leaves all of us playing a bit of catch up. I did get some things done, but I also had to shovel the driveway, clear the cars and a couple other snow related duties. Snow all brings me to another unique place. Every year as I shovel our very long driveway I begin to realize that it is not an activity that will last forever. I keep telling my wife I don’t want to finish out my life in this climate, she keeps suggesting we get a snowblower. That’s not what I had in mind.

I am really torn. I love the church I serve and I hope for many good years there. I’ve already floated the idea of being a snow bird church, but they too would rather I get a snowblower. My grandson and my parents and most of the people I love live here and that would also make migration difficult. So I guess I am here for a while, Lord willing, and I will make the best of it.

Of course this also brought me to a point. In this creative life of ours, not everything will be a joy and we were never promised that it would be. When faced with a bad situation, or even just something we would not prefer to deal with, we need to remember this too shall pass and make the most of the cards we’re dealt. We need to look at the blessings of where we’re at right now and praise God for them.

God controls all of this and He has a good reason for everything, even snow. Trust Him in everything and keep being faithful to do all that you’ve been called to do.

Hey everyone. I’ve started to do paint parties as a way of helping people to have fun while embracing their inner creative. Here are the designs I am working on so far. Keep checking back for more.

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Masterpiece paint nights are not art classes, they’re a night of creative fun.
They make great fundraisers and a nice add on event to one of my speaking presentations.

Contact me for rates and information.

Christmas Puzzle from AMOKArts

Posted: December 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Can you solve it?

Infamy and Memorability

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

infamyToday is December 7. Today in 1941 the Japanese launched a strike on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. President Roosevelt referred to it as a day that will live in infamy and he was right. 75 years later, people still remember that day because of all the death and destruction. I’ve been to the site and it is both beautiful and eerie simultaneously. The memories of that day are etched in our national psyche forever and while we have bounced back, we will never forget. It’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.

When we look at the choices we have to make each day we are faced with a similar conundrum. Why will people remember what we’ve done? Will we be infamous or memorable and can we be memorable in the face of infamy. I think this should be the goal of every believer, that we would always live to God’s glory and in the face of infamy that we would have a response that people would remember. As I think of this my thoughts go to the Nickel Mines shootings here in PA. In case you missed the story, a man walked into an Amish school in Lancaster County and opened fire killing many children. The Amish responded with grace and forgiveness and the world took notice. May we never have to stand in that kind of tragedy, but how we react to the infamy in the world around us can be a memorable witness to the world around us.

As creatives, how can we respond to infamy in ways that are memorable. How can we live in such a way that people “see our good works and praise our Father in heaven.

Will we be infamous or memorable?

ccwThis is a challenge that we will all face at one point or another and it deals with your creative ministry, and yes every creative has one. The goal this week is to seek the Lord for what He would have you do with your gift and then find or create an opportunity to bring that to fruition in the coming year. It may seem like you have over a year to pull this off, but in most cases it takes a lot of groundwork to get done especially if you are going to do what you do in a church setting. Seek God, make the contacts that need to be made, plan it, get on the schedule and do it.

Share what you’ve come up with in the comments or on the AMOKArts Facebook page.