Sarah Bessey

Sarah Bessey

2014 Faith & Culture Writers speaker

Sarah Bessey

Sarah Bessey will speak in two sessions at the 2014 Faith & Culture Writers Conference at George Fox University on March 7th & 8th, 2014. Bessey was interviewed by George Fox University undergraduate student Tori Nunnenkamp.

Where are you from, and where do you live now?

I'm from the Canadian prairies. I live in Abbotsford, British Columbia now, just outside of Vancouver.

What field of writing or publication is your passion?

I call my style of writing "narrative theology" - I'm basically figuring out what I think and know and experience of God in my real right-now life. The best way I know how to do that is storytelling.

How did you get involved in writing?

I began writing in grade two. I've always enjoyed journaling and creative writing, always longed to "be a writer" and dabbled in newspaper a bit here and there, even publishing occasional articles in the early days of the Internet, until I started blogging nine years ago.

What was your first writing outlet?

Blogging was my first place to really muck about and create with joy. I still look at my blog as my lab, a place to create in the moment and wrestle a bit.

What inspires you to write? What are your favorite topics to write about?

My own spiritual journey, Scripture, how I experienced and know God in my life right now, my marriage, my mothering, my friendships, my passions, conversations, books, poetry, politics, all of it. It's all tossed in the pot for inspiration.

How did you get your work into places like SheLoves Magazine?

Almost all of my connections came through personal relationship in the early days. At SheLoves, for instance, the editor and founder was just getting started with SheLoves when we connected through a mutual friend. We hit it off, became friends. I started contributing along with a few other people in the first early days. That's it. Same thing with Deeper Story.

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in 2005 as a way to stay in touch with friends. My blogging life has had several incarnations but I probably settled most fully into my self in 2009 or 2010 as a writer and have been evolving there since.

Why did you choose to publish Jesus Feminist?

Well, the book grew quite organically out of my life. I was writing about it because I simply had to write about it. And it worked out that someone actually wanted to publish it.

What will you be speaking about at the conference?

In my first session, I'll be speaking about developing or discovering our unique voice. And in the second session, I'll be talking about the organic path to publishing.

Published on March 4, 2014.