Tell a Better Story Cru Writers’ Conference

Tell a Better Story Cru Writers’ Conference

Do you know about the writers’ conference this January in Orlando, Florida, for Cru men and women? Come discover the redemptive story God is writing through your life.

Judy’s Invitation

Friends, I’m very excited about the Tell a Better Story event. I invited my friend, Leslie Leyland Fields, to come teach us. Leslie is a world-class writing instructor. If your job includes writing, if you love writing, if you want to grow in your craft, come join us.

Judy Douglass

Testimonials for Leslie Leyland Fields

Leslie Leyland Fields was not only my first writing mentor – she continues to mentor me with the way she actually lives her life and then shapes it into an unforgettable story that gives sojourners hope – and gives God all the glory. She is a profoundly wise, Christ-formed guide whose every word I will always read.

– Ann Voskamp, NY Times bestselling author


Leslie has a deep commitment to writing life-giving words. She crafts them beautifully and helps others do likewise. This material promises to prompt the best out of story-tellers and creatives.

Max Lucado

Tell a Better Story Conference Details

Leslie will speak and lead us in workshops. She considers writing a profound means of public witness and spiritual transformation.

When: January 15 & 16, 2020, Wednesday 5:00 PM – Thursday 9:00 PM

Where: Cru Headquarters, Lake Hart East Main conference room

Cost: $90, includes all sessions and three meals

Register by January 8th at

Find your own accommodation or contact the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Nona. We reserved a block of rooms with them for our out-of-town guests.

Sponsored by Judy Douglass and Women’s Resources

Contact Jan.Spoolstra at with questions.

The Schedule

Wednesday, January 15

5 – 6pm  Check-In

6 – 7:15pm  Dinner

7:30 – 9pm Session 1 Tell a Story That Matters: Story as Witness and Apologetic: 5 Biblical Reasons to Write and Tell Your Story

Thursday, January 16

9am – 12:30pm  Session 2: Tell a Compelling Story: The Three Essential Building Blocks of Story-making

12:30 – 2pm  Lunch

2 – 5:30pm  Session 3 Tell a Healing Story: Writing through Hard Places and Difficult People: Writing Toward Reconciliation

5:45 – 7pm  Dinner

7 – 8:30pm  Session 4 Tell a Published Story: Launching Your Work into the World

Sacred Success: A Tale of Two Biblical Writers

Our Speaker: Leslie Leyland Fields


Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award-winning author/editor of eleven books. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, won Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food won three “Best Book of 2010” Awards. Her essays have earned her four Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award.

With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) Leslie has taught extensively.  She taught literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years. Since 2013 she’s been leading The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop (with guest writers Ann Voskamp, Philip Yancey, Bret Lott, Luci Shaw, Jeanne Murray Walker, Paul Willis, Gina Ochsner.)

In 2020, Leslie and Michelle Van Loon are beginning national gatherings for The Wonder Years, bringing women together to equip them to make the second half of life the best half.

Leslie travels and speaks on a range of topics at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches throughout the U.S. and the world.

Register Now

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from Leslie Leyland Fields. Register by January 8th at


You might be asking yourself why I haven’t been blogging on eQuipping for eMinistry.

On August 20th, MailChimp shut down my ability to send emails. I stopped blogging until I can resolve this. Meanwhile, I’ve helped Judy Douglass with her new blog site and with promotions for her new book. I’m still helping with these things and on the committee doing promotion for Tell a Better Story. My ten-year database of Cru staff contacts and history also accidentally deleted. (I’ve been able to recover it. Phew!) I’ve had two injuries this fall. The most recent is a broken collarbone from a cycling accident. These are just a few of the things going on. One thing after another.

It may be after the conference before I can resolve my MailChimp / eQuipping for eMinistry problem. I don’t like that, but that’s how it is. I’ll need to send out this blog post manually.

Thank you for praying for me, for Tell a Better Story, for eQuipping for eMinistry, and for Judy’s impact through her new book, When You Love a Prodigal.

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