Saturday, May 21, 2016

Christian writing workshops in Kelowna June 4, 2016

Christian Writing Workshops in Kelowna

With author, editor, and publishing consultant Elma (Martens) Schemenauer


Saturday June 4, 8:30 am-12 pm, Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, V1W 3N4. Are you a Christian who writes? Don’t miss these inspiring workshops! Pick up some new skills, polish your craft, and move on with completing your next novel.


WORKSHOP 1: Nonfiction Writers Toolkit - What are the advantages of writing nonfiction, what writing opportunities are available, and how can we communicate faith in secular nonfiction?


WORKSHOP 2: Fictionalizing Real Life - Why and when might we decide to fictionalize real life experiences rather than write them as fact? This workshop will consider reasons and explore ways of transforming real life into fiction.


The workshops are hosted by the BC chapters of The Word Guild, a national ministry that supports writers and editors who are Christian.


Fee includes coffee break. $20 plus HST for members of The Word Guild. $25 for non-members. Register at the door or at  .  Special thanks to The Light Magazine for their support.



Elma (Martens) Schemenauer is a first-generation daughter of Russian Mennonite immigrants whose experiences inspired her Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers. It's about love, faith, and family in 1940s Vancouver and rural Saskatchewan. She's also the author of 75 other published books including:

-Victoria: City of Gardens


-What It Means to Be a Friend

-What It Means to Be Responsible

-Language Connections

-Jacob Jacobs Gets Up Early


Elma has also edited many books including

-To the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Canadian Bible Society

-From Sea to Sea: The Canadian Baptist Federation 1944-1994

-Pope John Paul II

-The Unseen Hand: The Angela Tran Story

-Last in Line

-The Writing Programme


She has spoken to a number of groups including The Word Guild, Federation of BC Writers, Canadian Authors Association, His Imprint in Saskatoon, and Mennonite-history assemblies in Winnipeg and Toronto.


Elma grew up in Saskatchewan—in the Elbow-Davidson-Outlook area. She worked in publishing in Toronto for many years and now lives with her husband on a sagebrush-dotted hillside in Kamloops. Her website is .



Elma (Martens) Schemenauer . CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS: 1940s-era novel about love, Mennonites, faith, & family. Set in Vancouver & rural Saskatchewan. Order from Chapters online or Borealis Press  . More info at  . Book trailer .


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