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Christian Storytellers Manifesto

Calling Christian Fiction to High Standards

Foreword

Let’s dream big about what Christian fiction look like.

The Christian Storytellers Manifesto is about thinking beyond what only sells in this decade. How can we craft stories that also stand the test of time, like the great literary classics of the past?

Writers need a vision of what it practically looks like to become an author who crafts art that endures.

This manifesto declares our resolve to aim for excellence instead of being content with subpar literature. It provides clarity on what key practices are seen in the best Christian stories. It offers a unique perspective on how we should discuss and judge our proficiency as storytellers. And it unites like-minded writers around a common vision of what it means to raise Christian storytelling to new levels.

Will you sign your name and join the movement?

The Manifesto

As human beings created in God’s image, enabled to sub-create stories that reflect and reveal God’s story, and enlightened by the Word to see and display this reality, we resolve the following:

We resolve to be passionate and dedicated in our pursuit of excellent storytelling, knowing that we are reflecting the Creator’s image within us and fulfilling God’s commands to take dominion over the earth, love fellow image bearers, and steward the resources He has provided.

– We resolve to fearlessly embrace and wisely exercise imagination as a gift from God, trusting Him to use it, not by limiting our creativity but by benevolently directing it.

– We resolve to look for ways to explore meaningful themes while delighting our readers, avoiding futile attempts to depict truth devoid of beauty.

– We resolve to infuse our storytelling with truth, being bold and unafraid of our stance while presenting it with love and tact, recognizing that truth in storytelling is best communicated when shown, not told.

– We resolve to avoid pointing readers toward false sources of hope or unbiblical answers to thematic questions, but to seriously consider how we can naturally and powerfully portray or allude to God’s reality in our stories.

– We resolve to craft characters who remain true to how flawed human beings live and act, affirming that Christian storytellers have the freedom to portray the full human experience in all its beauty and depravity, not to glorify or endorse sin but to accurately reveal the brokenness of the world.

– We resolve to seek to understand readers’ thought processes, emotions, and worldviews so we can connect meaningfully with them in our storytelling, knowing that human nature is repelled by simplistic representations.

– We resolve, in light of God’s ultimate victory in our fallen world, to paint traces of hope in even the darkest situations.

– We resolve to accurately represent beliefs that differ from our own in order to help readers understand people rightly and challenge misconceptions.

– We resolve to strive for excellence and not settle for mediocrity by developing a competent command of grammar and style, understanding that skilled use of language points to the splendor of God’s created order.

We resolve to let our work shine before others in an effort to reach, encourage, and challenge them.

– We resolve to exhibit Christlikeness by nurturing authentic connections with readers that transcend their potential as customers, building a rapport with fellow authors, and responding to critics with patience and grace.

We resolve to base our confidence in God and not the opinions of others, to rely on God by praying over our writing, and to bury ourselves in Scripture, for we can only exemplify truth when we are immersed in it ourselves.

We resolve to be teachable, weighing the advice of others because we always have room to grow, and to be humble, acknowledging that we are not writing the greatest story but merely pointing readers to it.

– We resolve to remember that the purpose of storytelling is to glorify God and that our worth is not founded in our authorship, but in being sons and daughters of the King.

Featured Signers

Wayne Thomas Batson

Wayne Thomas Batson

Author: The Door Within

Sharon Hinck

Sharon Hinck

Author: The Restorer, The Restorer’s Son, The Deliverer

Anna Raats

Anna Raats

Chief Operating Officer of Ambassador International

Faith Blum

Faith Blum

Author: Hymns of the West, Orphans of the West

S. D. Grimm

S. D. Grimm

Author: Scarlet Moon, Phoenix Fire, Summoner

Kyle Robert Shultz

Kyle Robert Shultz

Author: The Beast of Talesend, Horseman, The Janus Elixir

Paul Regnier

Paul Regnier

Author: The Emerald Enigma, The Iron Gauntlet

Morgan L. Busse

Morgan L. Busse

Author: Daughter of Light, Tainted, Mark of the Raven

Nicole Sager

Nicole Sager

Author: The Heart of Arcrea, Hebbros, Burdney

Jaye L. Knight

Jaye L. Knight

Author: Resistance, The King’s Scrolls, Samara’s Peril, Exiles

Nate Philbrick

Nate Philbrick

Author: Broken City of Crows, Where the Woods Grow Wild

Hope Ann

Hope Ann

Author: Burning Rose, The Stealthmaster’s Shadow

Daeus Lamb

Daeus Lamb

Author: God of Manna, The Songkiller’s Symphony

Hannah Heath

Hannah Heath

Author: Colors of Fear, Skies of Dripping Gold

Kim Vandel

Kim Vandel

Author: Into the Fire, Among the Flames

K. L. Pierce

K. L. Pierce

Author: Two Lives Three Choices

Aleigha Israel

Aleigha Israel

Author: A Light for Christ Trilogy

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Further Reading

Every year, we run a new in-depth article series unpacking the practical applications of the Manifesto resolutions in further detail. Here’s what we’ve released so far.

(Why download? Resolutions work best when they’re visible. Sign a physical copy and put it somewhere it will inspire you.)

View All 526 Signatures

526 E. Joy Mullon Oct 10, 2021
525 E. G. Bella Oct 09, 2021
524 Brigitte Cromey Oct 09, 2021
523 Josie Praytor Oct 03, 2021
522 Abby Carlton Sep 27, 2021
521 Emily Hofer Sep 20, 2021
520 Francis de Paola Knight Sep 13, 2021
519 Catherine Jones Sep 11, 2021
518 Sara Jackson Aug 30, 2021
517 Penn Hayden Aug 23, 2021
516 Sarah Abegglen Aug 14, 2021
515 Miyei Park Aug 11, 2021
514 Erin McLaughlin Aug 08, 2021
513 Naomi Neriah Altman Aug 06, 2021
512 Octavia Burney Jul 31, 2021
511 Charis Willis Jul 27, 2021
510 Analise Martin Jul 25, 2021
509 Evelyne Holland Jul 22, 2021
508 Scott Kelly Jun 30, 2021
507 Daphne Self Jun 28, 2021
506 Kelli McKinney Jun 25, 2021
505 Carlos Carrasco Jun 21, 2021
504 Jaden Cooper May 25, 2021
503 Sim Davis May 24, 2021
502 Angelique Dusenge May 24, 2021
501 J. S. Clingman May 18, 2021
500 Terry Taylor May 09, 2021
499 Sydney Newman May 09, 2021
498 Anna Grace May 05, 2021
497 Naomi Lois Venida May 02, 2021
496 Martha Caudill Apr 30, 2021
495 Jackie Hunter Apr 25, 2021
494 Kingsley Chan Apr 23, 2021
493 Christopher Babcock Apr 23, 2021
492 Ben Buitendijk Apr 19, 2021
491 Alice Lanterne Apr 17, 2021
490 Katy Siedentopp Apr 15, 2021
489 Esther Lawe Apr 12, 2021
488 Emily Curtis Apr 12, 2021
487 Yaasha Moriah Apr 06, 2021
486 Karissa Chmil Apr 03, 2021
485 Alexandra Brake Mar 13, 2021
484 Savannah Jane McCrary Mar 03, 2021
483 Catherine Stib. Feb 20, 2021
482 Allie Andersen Feb 18, 2021
481 Jerah Winn Feb 13, 2021
480 Trinity Kravitz Feb 08, 2021
479 Bojidar Marinov Feb 06, 2021
478 Emalee Springfield Feb 03, 2021
477 Joshua Moon Feb 01, 2021

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