The Third Pier: Professional Development – Ancillary Skills

Professional Development - Creative Writing

Simply knowing “how to write” isn’t enough. Secular MFA programs are cranking out thousands of so-called “qualified” writers every year, people who know “how to write” but work at Starbucks. Our method of teaching creative writing is more effective than what’s offered at any MFA.  Our program also includes professional development, which fosters a variety of related skills that make the ability to write usable, saleable, and effective. First and foremost, our students will learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry, including how to market and sell their own work. They’ll understand where the opportunities are, and the […]

Discerning a Call to Write – Free Webinar – September 28th at 11am

Discerning a Call to Write - September 28

Has God called to write something? I believe you. I’ve worked with many authors over the years whom God has specifically called to write. As I travel around and tell people about the School of Kingdom Writers, it’s also one of the most common things I hear. Something like: “It’s interesting that we’re talking, because I feel like God is calling me to write a book.” If you feel like you might be called to write, our “Discerning a Call to Write” webinar on September 28th is designed to help you validate your call, anticipate challenges, and set your expectations. […]

Open Prayer Meeting – September 1, 2019

Prayer Meeting

Please join us at 6:30pm on Sunday evening, September 1st for an open prayer meeting. We’ll meet at the School of Kingdom Writers office, which is hosted by the Muskingum Valley Vineyard at 299 Putnam Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.  There’s a small parking lot available, or you can park on Woodlawn Ave. This prayer meeting is open to anyone interested in connecting with Jesus and spending time with the Holy Spirit. All denominations and traditions are welcome. We’ll spend time praying for the School of Kingdom Writers, for the Zanesville and Muskingum County communities, and for each other! We’ve learned […]

The Third Pier: Professional Development – Workplace Realities

80% of seminary and bible school graduates will leave the ministry in the first five years. While their spirit and intellect are passionate for Jesus, in many cases they’re unprepared or unsupported for the labor of ministry, which can be very different from their expectations. Writers similarly suffer from a romantic idea of their work. They imagine their future in a loft apartment, working at the coffee shop, or typing away in a converted woodshed overlooking the mountains. Maybe there’s some kind of black tie release event on the weekend. This may be unrealistic. Whether it’s ministry or writing professionally […]

The Second Pier: Creative Writing – What We Teach Writers

Creative Writing Curriculum

Our method of teaching creative writing is radically different from anything presently offered in American education. In addition to our method of teaching, the content of our curriculum is also very different from our academic counterparts. Masters of Fine Arts and collegiate writing programs are well known for producing writers and work that is far divorced from the demands of the marketplace. Within the publishing industry it’s jokingly called “The MFA Effect” or “Grad School Syndrome.”  These institutional programs produce writing that is artistic and follows all of the rules, but fails to connect meaningfully with the American public. The […]

Quarterly Report – 2019 Quarter 2: God Is Faithful

School of Kingdom Writers

Dear Friends, The School of Kingdom Writers had a productive quarter! On May 23rd, our daughter was born! Margaret May was delivered in the wee hours of the morning at 8lbs. 9oz. Melissa and the baby are healthy, and we’re all adjusting to a new normal with an infant in the house. About a year ago I heard God prompting me to sell all of my farm animals. We have a little six-acre hobby farm. Typically this time of year we have meat rabbits, turkeys, and meat chickens running around the yard getting fat, plus whatever else I find on […]

Seeking Energetic Intern for 2019-20 School Year

Seeking Intern

We are seeking an intern to join us for the 2019-2020 academic year. Do you want to grow in your faith and see more of the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Are you working towards a career in writing, publishing, or media? We’re looking for an enthusiastic, motivated intern who will assist our team in the development of the School of Kingdom Writers. We’re a small crew, so our intern will do real work. This isn’t a coffee and copies position. You’ll gain experience in: Professional Social Media Management Grant Research and Applications Media Production Networking & Fundraising […]

Open Prayer Meeting – July 28th at 6:30pm

People Praying

Please join us at 6:30pm on Sunday evening, July 28th for an open prayer meeting. We’ll meet at the School of Kingdom Writers office, which is hosted by the Muskingum Valley Vineyard at 299 Putnam Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.  There’s a small parking lot available, or you can park on Woodlawn Ave. This prayer meeting is open to anyone interested in connecting with Jesus and spending time with the Holy Spirit. All denominations and traditions are welcome. We’ll spend time praying for the School of Kingdom Writers, for the Zanesville and Muskingum County communities, and for each other! We’ve learned […]

The Second Pier: Creative Writing – How We Train Effective Writers

Group Learning

The School of Kingdom Writers isn’t just a Christianized version of some secular program, it’s a dramatically original, powerful way to train up media influencers. The conventional approach to become a writer is to complete a 4-year humanities program and then attend a 2-3 year Masters of Fine Arts Creative Writing program.  More than 20,000 students each year will enroll in one of these MFA programs. These programs have become very effective at enrolling large numbers of students and churning them through an educational process. Over two or three years, students spend a lot of time talking and listening to […]

The First Pier: Spiritual Development and Supernatural Ministry

Spiritual Development

Of our three-emphasis curriculum, the first and most important pier is “Spiritual Development and Supernatural Ministry.” Spiritual Development is the process of drawing closer to Jesus, which we’ll foster by obedience to the Bible and through the development of healthy spiritual habits. We’ll spend a great deal of time in the practice of bible study, prayer, meditation, worship, solitude, fasting, and other spiritual disciplines in a guided environment. Spiritual development will express itself outwardly through evangelism, discipleship, and the development of small groups. Students will be provided with training and given opportunities to put their study to work in the […]