A GBD Writing Workshop is a great activity for clubs, leagues, church ministries, writing groups, small groups, English classes, Christian co-ops, Facebook Events and more! Our workshops encourage fellowship and discipleship and a way to edify others with personal faith stories!
The workshops are flexible and can be done in 1 or 2 days. All the participants will have the opportunity to publish their completed devotionals on our website, allowing them to live out the words of Psalm 96:3: “Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does.”
Most people have a faith story that they would like to share. Why not give the people in your sphere of influence the ability to share their story? You can create a workshop that specifically suits your needs, but we have provided a blueprint below along with handouts and worksheets for your writers.
Let the writing begin!
Coordinating a GBD Writing Workshop
1) Pick a time and location for your GBD Writing Workshop. Give plenty of notice (at least a month), so your participants can add the event to their schedules.
2) Make sure to have all necessary supplies. Print enough handouts and worksheets for each participant. Browse, copy and print a few devotionals from our “Devo Blog” as examples of how to write a devotional. If possible, have a laptop, tablet or projector ready, so you can show your participants the Granola Bar Devotional Website and our goal of encouraging devotional writing and publishing devotionals online.
Ask participants to bring Bibles, Bible concordances, pencils, erasers, whiteout, laptops and snacks. If you can, provide some refreshments and writing supplies.
3) Remember that you will have all different writing levels in your group. Some people will write a “devo” in 20 minutes, while others will wrestle with theirs for weeks. Encourage your writers with the knowledge that they are leaving a written legacy of faith for others.
One Day Workshop
If you would like a one day workshop, break the workshop into two 2-3 hour sessions with a time for refreshments in between. It’s always good to start a workshop with a prayer, an ice-breaker, door prizes and games.
The first half of the workshop will be used for an overview of the Granola Bar Devotional Ministry and to start the devotional writing process. Small groups are best. Each table can have 3-5 participants to encourage free discussion and provide a comfortable writing atmosphere.
You can use the information provided on the “Devo Summary” and the “Devo Guidelines” handouts attached below for the overview. Feel free to share your heart about why you desire to help your group share their faith stories with others.
You can use the “Devo Write” worksheet attached below as a blueprint for writing a devotional. Participants can handwrite their first draft or they can type it on a laptop, using the worksheet as a guide if they choose.
After the break, the second half of the workshop will be used for finishing the devotionals and starting the peer review. You can use the “Devo Proof” worksheet attached below as a blueprint for peer editing. Make sure to encourage your participants with the understanding that no one is expected to be a grammar expert. Have the participants pass their devotionals to each person at their table for review. Ensure that the Bible verse and translation for each devotional is verified.
Once the workshop has completed, the participants can now take their edited devotionals home and type the final draft. They can submit their “devos” on our “Contribute Devo” page. It takes about a month for us to create word pics for the devotionals and publish them on our website. If they would like to be notified when their devotionals are published, they can subscribe to get our emails on the Home Page.
Two Day Workshop
If you would like to coordinate a Two Day Workshop, you will do everything listed on the One Day Workshop, except you can take more time and do more activities. The first half (overview and begin writing) will be done during the 2-3 hour session on the first day, and the peer reviews and rewrites will be done during the 2-3 hour session on the second day.
With more time for the workshop, you can provide refreshments for both days, interweave famous devotionals (Jesus Calling, My Utmost for His Highest, Streams in the Desert, etc.), add group prayer time, share participants’ devotionals with the group, enjoy a guest speaker and/or enlist more team boosting activities. Also, the devotionals after the first day can be typed and printed for ease of peer proofing the following workshop day.
Remind the participants that it is up to them to type the final draft of their “devo,” so they can share on their social media platforms and/or print them out to give to others!