Your Story Matters Workshop & Book Launch

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931 West Wilson Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640

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In this one day seminar, multi-award winner author Leslie Leyland Fields will offer highlights and essentials of her writing process.

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Writing Workshop is from 10-4, Book Launch is 7-9 p.m.

God’s Word instructs us in many places to “remember” his acts among us, to “declare his glory among the nations,” and to pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the glorious ordinary. How do we accomplish this? In this one day seminar, multi-award winner author Leslie Leyland Fields will offer highlights and essentials from her forthcoming book, Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of Your Life. She’ll present the dynamic writing process she has used as both a writer and a teacher of writing for decades that is both practical and inspiring, from accessing memory to finding the deeper story to sharing our stories effectively and beyond.

Your Story Matters presents a dynamic and spiritually formative process for understanding and redeeming the past in order to live well in the present and into the future. Leslie Leyland Fields has used and taught this practical and inspiring writing process for decades, helping people from all walks of life to access memory and sift through the truth of their stories.

This is not just a book for writers. Each one of us has a story, and understanding God’s work in our stories is a vital part of our faith. Through the spiritual practice of writing, we can “remember” his acts among us, “declare his glory among the nations,” and pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the ordinary. This is a “why not” book as opposed to a “how to” book. Leslie asks each of us an important question: “Why not learn to tell your story, in the context of the grander story of God?”

About Leslie Leyland Fields:

Leslie is the multi-award-winning author/editor of twelve books. Her newest is Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of Your Life which includes an 8-part RightNow Media DVD series filmed with Ann Voskamp. Her other books include Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. (And is also available as a DVD video series here) and The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength.

Other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food won three "Best Book of 2010" Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her essays have appeared in Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Belief.net, The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays and many others earning her four Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award.

With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively. Leslie was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program; she taught literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years.

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