Photographer Fritz Liedtke: An eye for incarnational art

The following interview with Fritz Liedtke by Glenda Mathes appeared on pages 47-49 of the April 16, 2014, issue of Christian Renewal. Viewing the extraordinary fine art photography of Fritz Liedtke opens your eyes to the unique beauty of each person created in God’s image. “Everybody has a history, everybody has secrets, everybody hurts,” he says. … Continue reading Photographer Fritz Liedtke: An eye for incarnational art

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The End is near

During a workshop at Glen West, when someone asked Larry Woiwode how he begins a novel. He said, "Most often lately, I tend to see the ending, so I find the beginning and get to the end from there." I sighed. I'd never had that experience. In fact, most of the time I come up … Continue reading The End is near

Saving Image and the world

Image Journal advertises the Glen Workshop as a week that can change a life, and if you've been reading recent entries you know how emphatically my extraordinary week at Glen West affected my life and my writing. That life-altering experience was possible for me despite Image's near-death experience, which Gregory Wolfe writes about here. Stuart … Continue reading Saving Image and the world

Creator, creation, and creativity

Glen West 2013 perfectly blended creativity and community with work and worship. The tag line for Image Journal proclaims: Art, Faith, Mystery. At Glen West, those theoretical concepts became experiential realities. The high desert plateau setting of Santa Fe was new to me and played a crucial role in the entire experience. If I were talking about a novel, … Continue reading Creator, creation, and creativity

Pragmatism, inspiration, and redemption

During the fiction workshop at Glen West, the first and most frequent question instructor Larry Woiwode asked was: "Does it work?" That's the primary consideration. Either a piece of writing works or it doesn't. This may seem a rather pragmatic view, but it's crucial to establish a work's viability before going on to other important questions, … Continue reading Pragmatism, inspiration, and redemption

Telling the story eclipses intention and audience

Compressing everything I learned during my intensive Glen West workshop into brief blog posts seems impossible. But I can give you a taste through small samples. Last Friday, I focused on the first day and wrote about beginning to write by writing. Two of the many literary terms we discussed on subsequent workshop days were intention … Continue reading Telling the story eclipses intention and audience

Begin to write by writing

The post-it note centered above my computer monitor daily reminds me, "Begin to write by writing." It's a phrase that struck me during a writing course years ago. Anyone can think about writing, but you have to put your fingers on the keyboard and actually write if you want to be a writer. Readers of … Continue reading Begin to write by writing

The Glen West experience

How would you like to spend several days participating in a productive workshop and living within a creative community? Attend Glen West! Many years ago, Gideon Strauss and I chatted about Christianity and culture. I was writing a series of articles for Christian Renewal on Christians in the arts, and he's passionate about promoting art and leadership … Continue reading The Glen West experience

Post-Glen West

Glen West is an amazing, exhilarating, creative experience. Monday afternoon I returned home after spending several days as a participant in its fiction workshop under the instruction of Larry Woiwode. Remember how I recently reflected on the Place of Place?  That post quoted from Woiwode and concluded: Wouldn’t you love to learn more about place … Continue reading Post-Glen West