By: Jana Greene
of ink or a pen making marks that cannot be removed.
Hello, fellow scribes and scribresses.
The Indelible Writing Group is being resurrected and I’m so excited! The group fizzled out over a year ago due to job and health constraints, but I’m anxious to start a new group soon. Our first group brought so much joy and creativity. I hated folding it, but it is a new day now, and Abba has new things in store for all of us!
Jesus said “it is written” many times in scripture, when referring to the texts of old; and he himself is the very “word” of God. Verses and words have life all their own, and what you have to say has breath. Give it feet, too.
Words are so important. They tell stories. You have a story too. You make your indelible mark on the world.You don’t have to be a poet or a master of prose. There are no theologians or scholars among us. In fact, the goal is not to become educated, but to un-pop the cork and allow your God-given creative juices to flow.
What will it look like?
I would like to open the group to both men and women interested in the craft. So, that’s a change. I feel like we can all learn from each other!
We will read and share, fellowship and encourage. We will laugh and purge, transfer our hurts to the page and our triumphs to the paper. Aside from that, I’ve no idea. I’m asking Abba to steep the group in Holy Spirit, and be Author and Finisher of our faith as we take the journey together.
What it is NOT: We are not a writing critique group. There are no red pens – unless you specifically ask for editing help – and you are not being graded. I just love seeing people express themselves!
When: Indelible will meet every first and third Monday from 6:45-8 p.m.
Scheduled meetings: Aug. 1 & 15; Sept. 5th & 19; Oct. 3 & 17; Nov. 7 & 21; and December 5.
Where: My house (inbox me if you are interested and I’ll send you directions)
Do you have to be a Christian? It’s not a requirement. You can be a walrus (koo-koo-cachoo) and join us. All are welcome, just bring an open heart. Prepare yourself for prayer time, though – because that is happening un-apologetically. 🙂
Is there a commitment? I’d love to see the same faces on the regular, but in a word…no. If you only make occasional meetings, you are welcome.
What’s up with the blog? As you can see, our group has a blog! ANY time a participating member would like a work published to the blog, one only need email the copy to me at email@example.com. If you’d like a specific photo included, email that as well. If not, I will assign a photo. It’s a super cool way to share your work with your friends (and the world) and is totally submission-driven. You don’t have to contribute if you don’t want to.
Do we have a FB page? Why yes. Yes we do. INDELIBLE WRITING GROUP FACEBOOK PAGE
What should I bring? Bring a notebook and a pen. And an open mind and open heart!
*If you would like to attend or have additional questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org* Please, and thank you. Due to space restraints, I need an approximate head count. I believe our home can accommodate up to a dozen folks at once.
Your first assignment? While I’m working on the curriculum and getting a few things ironed out, I’d love to invite you to start making just a wee bit of time for steeping in your creative juices. Doodle. Rhyme words. Journal.
And bring a short synopsis to our first meeting exploring what you hope to gain by attending the group, and any ideas you might have. (i.e. if you will by writing therapeutically – like journaling – that’s fine. If you would eventually want to start a blog, write about what that might look like to you.)
If you don’t have specific goals, no worries! I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. Meetings will be casual.
Also, join me in praying for our group, ask God to use our words to edify, heal, and share joy. And to hold our hands as we make our indelible marks on the world.
It is written, after all.