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First-Ever IAF “Writing for Organizers and Leaders” Workshop Held in Chicago

First-Ever IAF “Writing for Organizers and Leaders” Workshop Held in Chicago

Friday, December 14, 2018
Metro IAF

Greg Pierce, publisher of ACTA Publications in Chicago and long-time IAF leader and organizer
 
Do we have to “love” writing to do it well, or can we write well just because it needs to be done? 
 
This was one of the first questions fourteen active IAF leaders and organizers grappled with during a two-day intensive immersion workshop led by long-time IAF leader/organizer Greg Pierce, the publisher of ACTA Publications in Chicago. The sessions were filled with lots of specific tips on things like: getting started; recognizing great first and last lines; picking the best adjectives, adverbs, and verbs; editing multiple drafts and welcoming editing by others; collaborative writing; and finishing and publishing a piece. 
 
Much of the training centered on how to make our writing “persuasive,” which is the opposite of “argumentative.” This takes “sweetness, which is the Greek origin of the word persuade,” Pierce pointed out. “That means our writing must be relational, vulnerable, passionate, humorous, provocative, disinterested, and powerful…all at the same time.” The group spent a lot of time discussing how leaders and organizers must be able to tell well-crafted stories as examples of what they are trying to persuade others to do.
 
The participants committed to disciplining themselves to make time to write and to share what they write with one another. They promised to teach what they learned with those in their organizations and recommended the workshop be held again at other times and in other locales.
 
From the Organizers:
“…a transformative experience.” Keisha Krumm, Lead Organizer, Common Ground, Milwaukee
 
“The workshop was deeply invigorating…a true time of joy.” Perry Perkins, Organizer, Mississippi and Louisiana IAF
 
“I found it incredibly insightful and agitational.” Rev. Alison Dunn-Almaguer, Organizer, Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
 
For information on the next “Writing for Organizers and Leaders” workshop, contact Greg Pierce at gfapierce@aol.com. Several insightful books written by IAF leaders and organizers—including Ed Chambers, Mike Gecan, Ernesto Cortes, Jonathan Lange, Amy Vruno, Ben Gordon, Timothy Tilghman, —have been published by ACTA Publications and can be ordered from www.actapublications.com or 800-397-2282.