Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.

It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 21-25.

 

 

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POETRY: LEARNING HOW TO RAISE GOLDFISH
Monday, January 15, 2018
Lora Zill

 

 

Back in the day we said so-and-so had a “knack” for doing something. My uncle Clint had a knack for renovating old churches into homes. My mother had a knack for raising dozens of roses. Both had a natural interest in their craft and spent years learning it. They also developed a “feel” for woodworking and gardening that made their craft successful and led to many years of enjoyment. When we acquire or show a natural skill in an area, we have a “knack” for it.  

I don’t have the knack for raising goldfish. Once a friend gave my family a small aquarium and I thought I’d try it. Couldn’t be that hard, right? I studied “how to raise goldfish” articles and talked to pet shop owners and the goldfish died. I bought more, sure that necessary adjustments would do the trick. Nope. “Mom, they’re floating!” became the sad mantra in my household. I finally gave up, flushing their little bodies down the toilet for the last time. I didn’t get it. I didn’t have the knack for nurturing goldfish.

Writing poetry helps writers in any genre develop this knack for language. Any writer needs an intuitive sense, or “feel” for the craft. We know that composing endless drafts of our novel or memoir is more than mechanically stringing words together. (It’s more than reading the manuals on raising goldfish!) We develop a feel for how the words sound in our heads, the imagery they create in our imaginations, and the rhythm of phrases and sentences.

Poetry helps us develop our “knack” for writing. Writing and learning about poetry teaches us focus on individual words and phrases and how they work to achieve our writing goals.  Poetry helps us learn the writing craft and develop the intuitive feel that leads us to create work that is distinctly ours. In other words, poetry helps you discover and develop your voice.

Maybe you don’t consider yourself a poet. Don’t let that keep you from learning a new process that will enrich your writing art and craft. You don’t have to be a poet to benefit from exploring the magic kingdom of language that poetry offers. Come to one or both of my poetry classes at FCWC and find out for yourself! I’m sure you’ll enjoy more success than I did with goldfish.

 

 

 

Lora Zill is a writer, teacher, musician and stained glass artist who loves to share how Christians can experience deeper intimacy with God through creative expression. She teaches writing at the university level and is a teaching artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She just completed a stained glass commission for an environmental group.

www.thebluecollarartist.com.