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The Writer Showcase

The Institute Writer Showcase presents a selection of the best work from the Word on Fire Writing Community, the mission of which is to develop writing of the highest quality; to encourage writers to evangelize in a variety of modes, forms, and genres and for a variety of audiences; to help writers grow in their Christian faith; and to foster fellowship and community among writers.

Each piece selected for publication in the showcase has been workshopped within the Writing Community’s small Writing Groups, as indicated by each author’s byline. Each issue of the Writer Showcase is presented in such a way as to have the individual pieces easily shareable online or in print, and readers are welcome and encouraged to do so, as long as the author and original publication location is clearly indicated. 

Spring 2024: The Evangelist’s Bookshelf

The theme of this inaugural issue of the Institute Writer Showcase is “The Evangelist’s Bookshelf”: considering what books will help Christians to share the good news of Christ in a culture that is all too often starved of goodness, truth, and beauty. The pieces chosen for this issue present recommendations for a variety of fascinating books that, in very different ways, support the mission of sharing the Gospel in our modern culture. Enjoy!
—Dr. Holly Ordway, editor, Institute Writer Showcase

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Quiet by Susan Cain: Who is an Evangelist?” by Rosemary Thomas, St. Bede Writing Group

The Very Young Catholics Series by Emily Koczela: Sharing the Sheer Joy of Catholicism,” Andrea Rosenberg, St. Gertrude Writing Group

The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church  by Pope Francis: Easy Insight into the Beauty of the Catholic Life,” by Marsha Hauser, St. Faustina Writing Group

Four Witnesses by Rod Bennett: A Faith-Affirming Introduction to the Early Church Fathers” by Peggy Haslar, St. Hildegard of Bingen Writing Group

An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden: Nourishment for the Evangelist,” by Tara S. McCaffrey, St. Faustina Writing Group

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: How to Evangelize Without Seeming to Be Evangelizing,” by Quoc D. Le,  St. Gertrude Writing Group

Expressing the Unique and Unrepeatable You: A Catholic’s Guide to Personal Style,” by Jacqueline Grant, St. Robert Southwell Writing Group

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Initiation Rituals as a Tool for Evangelization,” by Maura Manktelow Sweeney, St. Clare of Assisi Writing Group

Chastity by Erik Varden: The Reconciliation of the Senses,” by M. Giovanna Garbelli, St. Francis of Sales Writing Group

Theology of Home by Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering: Evangelization in the Age of HGTV,” by Hannah Walton, St. Jane de Chantal Writing Group

Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts: Keeping Yourself in the Love of God,” by Carolyn Thanel, St. Clare of Assisi Writing Group

Godric by Frederick Buechner: Authentic Evangelism and Spiritual Friendship,” by Mark A. E. Williams, St. John Henry Newman Writing Group

The Catholic Church and Conversion by G. K. Chesterton: A Little Armory for Evangelizing,” by Bryce Mitchell, St. Thomas More Writing Group

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: In Pursuit of Childlike Faith,” by Rick Majewski, St. John Henry Newman Writing Group

I Believe in Love by Father Jean du Coeur de Jesús d’Elbée: A Book to Nourish the Spiritual Life of the Evangelist” by Lani Bogart, St. Gertrude Writing Group

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde: The Evangelist Finds A Child Guide,” by Tim McGuire, St. Hildegard of Bingen Writing Group

In Soft Garments by Ronald A. Knox: Learning to Reflect God’s Truth with Confidence,” by  Katharine Tarvainen, St. Bede Writing Group

ESPAÑOL: “Los Miserables, por Víctor Hugo: un viaje al Corazón del que busca a Dios,” por H. Juan Pablo Alarcon, LC, Grupo S. Juan de La Cruz. 

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About the Writing Community

The Word on Fire Institute Writing Community is centered on three goals: to help writers to 1)  develop in their knowledge and skill as writers, producing excellent work in their chosen genres, forms, and subjects, 2) grow in their Christian faith, particularly in those virtues needed for the writing life, and 3) to be in fellowship with other writers.

The Community is comprised of a teaching and discussion space for Dr. Holly Ordway’s instruction, a welcome space for new members, and a thriving collection of small Writing Groups, each named for a patron saint, in which members share their individual work for constructive feedback, participate in writing activities, and enjoy discussions with the members of their group. All genres and forms of writing are welcome: our members write articles, blogs, children’s books, devotionals, fiction, nonfiction, musicals, parish newsletters, plays, poetry, sermons, spiritual reflections, testimonials, and more, and share their work with their readers in a wide variety of ways. This video provides an overview of the Community, which is open to all Word on Fire Institute members who are interested in the practice of the art and craft of writing, at any level of experience—from beginner to published author.