As far back as February this year, this training/workshop—held recently, nine months later—was already announced by Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM) Publishing:
“Offering millennials an opportunity to speak to their generation, Radiate is a writing workshop created intentionally for young writers in English who are interested in being trained to write for publishing and are passionate about the ministry of the written word.
“Radiate aims to reflect God’s glory through the prism of life experiences of this younger generation. It aims to hone the potential of aspiring writers and to encourage them to boldly tell their stories of faith to inspire others and draw them closer to God.”
The early announcement was necessary because the workshop required a screening. Would-be participants had to write a 500-word essay on why they want to write.
Twenty two were chosen to attend the training held on two successive Saturdays.
Some of them had already written for their school paper, but majority still had to write their first published work.
Before I clicked on my first slide, it was apparent that everyone was on the same wavelength. The enthusiasm was so palpable, I knew I was among kindred souls who were likewise birthed with the passion for writing. It was a moment of grace; I couldn’t wish for a more radiant group.
The day (9 to 4 PM) went by quickly, too quickly.
Millennials, according to research, could not listen, concentrate and do exercises on a topic for hours, but this group of 22 proved this empirical datum wrong. The photo collages below try to tell the story of that adrenaline-charged Saturday, but fail. No camera could capture the outward radiance that springs from intense feelings deep within.
|"Let's engage our readers with stories."|
|"Content, content, content. Fancy turn of phrases come later."|
|"What do we want readers to think after reading our piece?"|
|"We are not preachers. We are writers baring our soul."|