One Good Reason for Coming to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference

There have been some people wondering if they can come to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, not because they do podcasts or write books or blogs, but because they want to meet and talk to the ones who do.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but as far as I’m concerned, one of the highlights of my writing life is meeting people who have read what I write.

A Letter to Saint Philonella

I wonder many things about your life. I am thrilled to know as much as I do, since there is very little on so many saints that have passed through this life. I contemplate what your life must have been like, to be both educated and come from a family with means, and also to have a heart for those who struggle, including those who couldn’t afford to see a physician. What was it like to work closely with your sister? Did you face trouble from your family for choosing this life over, say, marriage and children? What opposition did you face from male students and teachers as you studied and worked?

3 Ways to Manage Imposter Syndrome as an Orthodox Writer

One morning earlier this week, I woke up to four or five messages from new readers who had some positive things to say about my work at Ancient Faith, specifically my book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life. There was nothing excessive about these notes–they were polite and positive and encouraging, by all accounts just the kind of thing an author likes to receive from time to time.…

Speakers and Topics for 2019 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference!

We are thrilled to announce the speaker names and topics for the 2019 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference! The Conference will take place June 13-15, 2019 at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. Everyone interested is welcome – published or unpublished, already working with Ancient Faith or not. You can learn more and register here. In addition to the wonderful line-up you see below, we’re also looking forward to an on-site recording of…

What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian writer?

To gain a fuller perspective of what’s out there, I’ve started a survey entitled “What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian writer?” It begins with demographic questions and then moves into genre- and writing-specific sections. It also inquires into participants’ views on the intersection(s) between writing and Orthodox faith or spiritual disciplines. There are no right or wrong answers; the purpose is to gain a bigger picture of what’s out there.

Lent for Creatives: Five Hard Lessons

During this Lenten season, we are all engaged in spiritual struggle of one kind or another, and it seems a good moment to share what I’ve learned in the last five years about the intersection of creativity, struggle, and media publishing. With this goal, I’ve created a list of five hard lessons we all seem to encounter on our way to producing high-quality books and podcasts. If you have already been published, this list will be familiar. If you are still trying to be published, it may be even more familiar! I pray it will be helpful, no matter which side of that fence you occupy.

Storytelling and the Orthodox Faith

Storytelling is a characteristic feature of our Orthodox Tradition. It is an ancient and effective means of sharing high ideals, universal truths, with common man through images and examples relative to his experience in daily life. Not only is our history replete with books full of stories about holy desert dwellers, repentant sinners, sayings and anecdotes of anchorites and hermits, but the Gospel itself, Christ’s own teachings, are dispensed in the form of story, in parables.

The Simple Faith of Finishing: When Writers Get Stuck

These were people who tended to get stuck, somehow, in the middle of their writing—they’d written themselves into a corner and didn’t know how to get out. I loved helping get these these clients putting words on paper again. The ability to tell one’s story is a powerful facet of the human experience, and when that can’t happen–for whatever reasons–it can be deadening.