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Faith & Culture Writing Conference: Celebrating WORDS and the Gift and Ministry of Creativity

The Faith & Culture Writers Conference comes to Multnomah University Friday evening April 5 through Saturday April 6. During the conference attendees will be able to meet individually with seasoned writers and authors for 15-minute mentoring sessions, and pitch book proposals to literary agents Bill Jensen, Jenni Burke, and David VanDiest.

Friday’s Speakers

Featured Friday evening speakers are William Paul Young, author of The Shack and the new book Cross Road and Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference and author of Pursuing Justice. Saturday’s keynote speakers include Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s prolific author and theologian Paul Louis Metzger, Brian Doyle, editor and author of 13 books, Dan Merchant, filmmaker, writer and producer of “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers,” and the 2013 documentary, “Un|Divided.”

Saturday’s Breakout Sessions

There will be 20 unique breakout sessions to choose from during the event. Some of those sessions include:

Other topics covered

The conference also covers tools of the trade and traditional writing genres –
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Freelance writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Breaking down writers block
  • Social networking
  • Getting published


Multnomah University’s MUSE student publication advisor and adjunct professor Cornelia Becker Seigneur is the visionary behind the Faith & Culture Writers Conference, which debuted in 2011 at Western Seminary with about 200 people in attendance. Cornelia is a freelance journalist and author of two books, whose work is featured in The Oregonian, The Huffington Post, and Christianity Today, among other publications. Cornelia loves connecting and networking with fellow people of faith to encourage them to embrace their creative calling.
This year’s theme verse is found in Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

In explaining what this conference is all about Cornelia uses a quote from Martin Luther, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” 


“Within the ever-changing culture we are part of, we have to look for creative ways to communicate the message God has given to us to share. We need to seek creative ways and platforms to take our writing to the streets, the coffee shops, the public squares, and yes, the church,” said Becker Seigneur.
“Ultimately, we are here to network, engage, inspire, and validate fellow writers of faith as we seek to celebrate the very gift of creativity bestowed on us by the Great Creator Himself, who has given us creativity as a way to communicate truth to others in a culture starving for beauty and relevance and story that matters.


  • $55 pre-registration
  • First 50 to register get their name in a drawing for prizes
  • $25 student rate

More Information

To register for the conference and to see a complete list of breakout sessions and speakers visit
Contact information for Conference Director Cornelia Becker Seigneur
Conference Administrative Assistant Bethany Jackson

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.