Each month Lysa TerKeurst will be giving our members a 11-21 minute instructional video on how to make our written words more compelling, interesting, and moving. Here's a sneak peek at one of her teaching videos:
Only 1% of books ever sell over 100,000. Yet Lysa's last four books have done that. Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued as well as 14 other titles. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team saw over 4,000 women make a personal commitment to Jesus this year. They reach nearly 700,000 women daily through their online devotion, Encouragement for Today and thousands more through the Proverbs 31 radio program playing on 1,200 radio outlets daily. In addition to speaking at Catalyst and Women of Faith, she accepts a limited number of speaking engagements at churches where she is passionate about helping women connect the messy parts of life with the miraculous hope of God. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Art, their five kids, three dogs and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen. Lysa blogs at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
Each month Glynnis Whitwer will be teaching a lesson through interactive webinars on the craft of writing. There is nothing that weakens your writing more than not having a command of the technical aspects of the written word. Here is a PDF download from one of her lessons called "20 Things Smart Writers Should Know."
Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as Executive Director of Communications. She is the senior editor and one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotions, with over 700,000 daily readers. She also served as the general editor for the new NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible featuring 366 Proverbs 31 Ministries' devotions. She is the author of I Used to be So Organized, When Your Child Hurts, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home. She is also co-author of a Bible studies series entitled Kingdom Living.
Glynnis has a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Arizona State University and worked as a PR writer before joining the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries in 1998. Glynnis and her husband Tod live in Glendale, Arizona. They have five children, ranging from mid-teens to early 20s. She blogs at www.GlynnisWhitwer.com.
Once a month COMPEL members will receive a podcast message by Lisa Allen centered around setting goals that protect your calling. This invaluable coaching will help you find time to become a writer. Here are some of the upcoming messages you can expect:
In this coaching session, we will help one another define what success looks like to each of us for COMPEL. As we define and redefine success, we can write goals for our COMPEL progress. Goals that are stated and written, reviewed and revised can keep us on course toward our destinations.
Where is your most creative space? Each of us has been designed to need different work spaces in order to be creative and productive. Our coaching corner this month will brainstorm ideas that can set up a writing workspace that lends itself to consistent creativity and polished productivity.
Identifying our dream, calling and passion to write is only the beginning. We need to structure our lives in a way that guards our calling. Our coaching approach this month will focus on identifying and protecting space on our calendars to develop the discipline to write consistently.
So often we get so caught up in word counts and deadlines within our calling to write that we forget about our "Caller." This month we will focus on a spiritual realignment to protect our writing lifestyle in the only way it can truly be guarded and that is by God.
"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 How important is your writing community for accountability, support, feedback and networking? Let's collaborate this month to develop a strong writing community that gives us a "good return for our labor."
Ephesians 2:10 declares that we are God's masterpiece. Our unique wiring has been designed by God to "shape" our lives for our calling. Our COMPEL Coaching this month will help us identify ways our "shape" (Spiritual Gifts, Heart's Desire, Abilities, Personality and Experiences) will develop our writing voice and the confidence that comes from staying true to our unique wiring.
Lisa Allen is the Executive Director of Ministry Training at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Lisa's experience as a Board Certified Life Coach, Ministry Consultant and Certified Speaker has uniquely prepared her to develop and facilitate training and workshops for church staffs, leadership teams, women's ministry teams and executive teams. She also has extensive team coaching experience with organizations locally and internationally facilitating DISC, leadership development, team building and partnership development. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and has two college-age children. She currently serves at Forest Hill Church where she leads Women Under Construction and is active in The Master Program for Women in the Charlotte community. Learn more about Lisa at www.ljallencoaching.com.
The line-up for our monthly conference calls will be released soon. The authors, editors, publishers, and agents participating with us have years of experience with tremendous accomplishments and insider secrets they want to share with you.
Our October call with be with Lysa's agent, Esther Fedorkevich with The Fedd Agency. She will be sharing "The Five Things Every Aspiring Writer Must Know" in order to connect with a literary agent. She and Lysa will also have a Q&A time together during this call to answer your questions.
You don't want to miss this conference call!
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New York Times Bestselling Author
Lead Pastor of Elevation Church
New York Times Bestselling Author
Former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers