Arab Christian Writer Training

November 29 to December 4, 2011

"Creativity is exploding among Arab Christian writers," says author Miriam Adeney. MAI continues its 3-year committment to the Christian Arab Writers' Initiative in partnership with Ophir Publishers of Jordan. This November the second writing workshop will be held in Beirut, Lebanon. This training includes 1) an advanced track for writers who participated in last year’s workshop and who will continue refining their book manuscripts, and 2) an introductory track for first-time participants. 

Trainers include Stephen and Alice Lawhead and Dr. Miriam Adeney.

>>Watch a 1-minute video with Miriam Adeney about this training
>>Read more about the last workshop below:

Arab Writers Focus on Life's Big Questions 
by Dr. Miriam Adeney
 
"Who are you, God? Tell me before my son is old enough to talk. Otherwise I will conclude that you are not there."
 
Abdul's* story riveted the 12 other Arab Christian writers at a workshop in Lebanon November 10th to 14th. Disillusioned with religion, Abdul had given it up. But when his son was born, he faced a crisis. As he cradled the precious child, he asked, "What will I tell you about the purpose of life? And about the ultimate framework of the universe?"

From a friend’s neighbor, Abdul borrowed a New Testament. He opened Matthew, and read, "Love your enemies." By the end of the book, Jesus became his Lord. Many adventures followed, eventually leading him to our writer workshop where he crafted gospel thoughts for his people.
 
Other book manuscripts focused on parenting, child protection against abuse, environmentalism and reflections on books of the Bible. Novels and children's books spiced the mix. All are being written in the Arabic language.
 
Ophir Publishers in Jordan initiated this workshop and the Christian Arab Writers’ Initiative, a three-year training program with MAI to equip talented writers in the Middle East. The best manuscripts will be published. 
  
Participants from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon served up opinions to co-trainer Mark Carpenter and myself before quieting to take up pens and laptops. Teachings about a theology of culture, biblical worldview, and the stories of biblical writers particularly were appreciated.

Writers lodged at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, thanks to the local coordination of Sawsan Tannoury, director of Dar Manhal al Hayat publishing house.

"Who are you, God?" Abdul’s question echoes across this region. More than 300 million Arabs worldwide deserve compelling answers that make sense. In this workshop, writers sharpened creative responses.

*Name changed for security precautions.

Photos courtesy Fadi Hallisso


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