Friday, April 26, 2013

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Linda Weddle of Awana

I welcome Linda Weddle, Senior Program Specialist, for Awana to my blog. She will be teaching and meeting with writers at the Write-to-Publish Conference, June 5-8. 

Linda, please give us a brief description of Awana for those who are not familiar with the organization.

Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Our programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. We have programs for children/youth ages 2-18 and are located in more than 100 countries. Additional information can be found on our website at

What type of writing opportunities are available with Awana?
Our biggest need is for curriculum writers. These would be freelancers who would be given specific assignments. (We are not a publishing company in that we don't take books of large group lessons that someone has written for their own Awana program.)  Recently we have hired freelancers to write from a scope and sequence for our preschool program. We have also hired freelancers to write craft ideas that go along with this program. As stated above, we have programs for ages 2-18, so needs can be targeted to specific age groups depending on our current projects.
Another type of freelancer would be one who is adept at writing marketing content and to a lesser extent, we may need social media writers.

What type of writers are you hoping to meet with at WTP?
I would like to meet writers who are willing to write from a prescribed Scope and Sequence and at the same time show creativity in what they write. A knowledge of Awana always helps, but is not absolutely necessary. A quick look at our website will provide a lot of information about our organization.

Thanks, Linda for sharing a unique writing opportunity.

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