My conclusion to this seminar was that there is great merit in Christians seeking to write literature in its many forms for children. I suggested that such writing needs to first meet the basic criteria for good writing – good tales well told; language used well; narratives that work at multiple levels; rich authentic characters; interesting ‘page-turner’ plots. But beyond this they should:But read the whole thing.HT: Gordon Cheng
- offer knowledge that is a celebration of God’s world and his purposes;
- act as a mirror allowing the reader to reflect on life and their future;
- lead us to consider aspects of the human condition (life and death, fear, loneliness, pain, loss, frailty, brokenness etc);
- point to the central redemption narrative of the Bible.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Christian Writing for Children
Trevor Cairney (Master of New College and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney) has a very helpful post here on Christian writing for children, based on a recent seminar he gave. Here's the conclusion: