I Love to Tell the Story
A Message from 2018 KCWC Keynote Speaker, H. Michael Brewer:
Many folks wonder what they are getting themselves into when they come to a writer’s conference. In this post, H. Michael Brewer shares a little of his heart, and a preview of his message he plans to bring June 21-23, 2018 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
I really want to talk about storytelling in the broadest sense. We think of story as boy meets girl, but I believe a lot of things about storytelling. I believe we are wired for stories. I believe that’s how God made us. We simply respond to stories and we live by stories and we understand the world by stories, so I think stories are immensely important but I also think they are broader than we usually think.
A worship service, I think, is a story. It is a story of people in need, finding abundance, and then saying thank you in as many ways as they can think of. I think prayer is a story. It’s a story of where I’m hurting and how I want that story to turn out, or it’s a story of the good things that have happened to me and how much I love God.
So, I think, in my experience, writing curriculum and nonfiction stuff, for me at least, it becomes more engaging for the reader if I use storytelling techniques in the process.
I want to think about what it means for the writer to be a part of this long Christian story that we’re in and what kind of stories the world needs to be hearing and the notion that in some way or other, the creation is God’s story and our storytelling in some ways makes us partners with God. Not co-partners, but sharing in what God does. God makes stuff up and there it is and we have some capacity for that. We make stuff up and all of a sudden, something that wasn’t there before is there in the world and it might make a difference.
Part of what informs my passion as a writer is having heard from readers. I’ve had my share of emails that says “at a hard time this chapter made a difference to me”. Or, “this part of the book moved me to tears”. Or,” I’m facing brain surgery and I’ve got your book beside me in the hospital”. And it’s just words on paper that somehow communicate something of power and communicate something of God’s presence and create some kind of connection with something bigger than ourselves.
I think stories do that.
I think it’s not by accident that Jesus told so many stories.
Learn more about the writing process, from the initial seed of a story to finding an agent, at the 2018 Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Registration is now open. What story are you waiting to tell?
–Compiled by Kristy Horine
KCWC Planning Committee