Craft the Next Great Christian Story.

We help Christian writers enthrall readers with honest storytelling that depicts both beauty & brokenness.

Take our quiz to discover where you need to grow to be able to delight and impact readers.

“Story Embers has earned its place among the top websites for Christian writers.”

Kim Vandel
Author of the Under Fire Series

“Story Embers will be instrumental in helping encourage and train many writers over the years to come.”

Gillian Bronte Adams
Author of the Songkeeper Chronicles

Do Your Stories Captivate Readers?

With each word you type, you have the opportunity to impact the world for Christ.

Unfortunately, writing clichéd or heavy-handed novels is so easy that you may not even realize you’re failing to move readers.

What if you could find a more effective approach to crafting stories as a Christian?

The Story Embers Principles

Writing Is a Craft

Five-star stories don’t happen overnight. You don’t need get-rich-quick schemes shoved in your face. You need training and support that sets you up for the long haul.

Storytelling Must Be Genuine

Novels should be about more than a faith-based message. Storytellers honor God by imitating the way He tells stories, not by bland sermonizing.

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Quality Matters

You don’t need beginner’s advice you’ve read on a dozen other blogs. We put every piece we publish through intensive edits to give you comprehensive advice on niche topics.

Our Process for Helping Storytellers

Step #1: Diagnose Your Biggest Weakness & Get Resources to Overcome It

When you don’t know where to focus your energy, improving your storytelling can be difficult. That’s why we created the Writing Weakness Quiz. It identifies which area of writing you struggle with the most and then matches you with resources designed to help you strengthen that skill.

Meet Your Guides

We’re a group of outside-the-box thinkers who want to help you ask tough questions through stories that are rich with meaning.

Josiah DeGraaf

Josiah DeGraaf

Editor-in-Chief

Fiction Manager at The Young Writer
Founder of Ink Slinger Academy

Brianna Storm Hilvety

Brianna Storm Hilvety

Managing Editor

Certified by the Christian Editor Connection
Gold Member of The Christian PEN

Daeus Lamb

Daeus Lamb

Community Manager

Author of God of Manna
Founder of Excelsior Writing School

Rolena Hatfield

Rolena Hatfield

Outreach Manager

Blogger at The Author’s Attic
Host of the MNBS Writing Group

Step #2: Join Our Commitment to Excellent Storytelling

Shortly after founding the site, we published the Christian Storytellers Manifesto in order to…

  • Declare our resolve to aim for excellence instead of being content with subpar literature.
  • Offer a different perspective on the standard we should use to judge our proficiency as storytellers.
  • Unite like-minded writers to support each other and elevate the quality of Christian fiction.

Join the movement by reading our 14 resolutions and signing the Christian Storytellers Manifesto today.

Step #3: Grow Weekly through the Blog

Every Monday and Thursday, we publish articles on story craft and showcase talented writers in the realms of short stories and poetry. Below are a few of our recent posts.

Three New Directions for Story Embers

Three New Directions for Story Embers

Two and a half years ago, we founded Story Embers with the goal to train Christian writers to not only be strong in their faith but also in their craft.   We had an ambitious vision for how fiction could embody both meaning and excellence, and we hoped to...

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The Bird

The Bird

The bird quickly rapped Against the window, hard, The azure pane, that false pane. At least, that’s what others Told me—I wasn’t There.   When I made it Outside to see if It still lived, still moved And had its being, Sure—it was still Moving.   But not the right way:...

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Three New Directions for Story Embers

Three New Directions for Story Embers

Two and a half years ago, we founded Story Embers with the goal to train Christian writers to not only be strong in their faith but also in their craft.   We had an ambitious vision for how fiction could embody both meaning and excellence, and we hoped to...

read more
The Bird

The Bird

The bird quickly rapped Against the window, hard, The azure pane, that false pane. At least, that’s what others Told me—I wasn’t There.   When I made it Outside to see if It still lived, still moved And had its being, Sure—it was still Moving.   But not the right way:...

read more

Step #4: Get Intensive Training through Our Annual Summits

Every year we host a virtual writing conference where we take a deep dive into a specific topic and teach you how to ace it. Join our 2021 summit to heighten your skills.

The 2021 Summit: Topic TBD

The 2020 Authentic Characters Summit

God doesn’t create flat stereotypes.

Neither should we.

Don’t Settle for Second-Rate Storytelling

We’re not here to tell you that great storytelling is effortless or that one weird trick will solve all your problems (it won’t).

Instead, we’re here to equip you with weekly training and support so you can write stories that make a difference.

Are you ready to take the first step?

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