This weekend I’m getting ready to attend the Festival of Faith & Writing at my alma mater, Calvin College, April 10-12. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, hearing profound and beautiful words, and meeting lots of like-minded folk. I know I will come home with a long reading list.
To get myself in the “write” frame of mind, I’m posting some notes from FFWs past. Here are some tidbits from Festival of Faith & Writing 2000:
What’s a writer? “I turn sentences around.” — Philip Roth
What words do well:
- create a space
- allow for transcendence
What words do not well:
Creativity has 3 functions:
The first question in the Bible is “Where are you?” But God knew, Adam did not.
Do we know now? Where am I in my life? We define this against others, within relationship.
The Noah story tells us that we are responsible. The writer has an ethical responsibility.
The essential component in writing is memory.
The prevalence of suicide among writers because when words run out, what else is there?
The writer is a witness who bears testimony.