Meet Marci Seither

Marci Seither, winner of Guideposts Writing Contest 2010, spoke to Inspire Christian Writers on May 31, 2011 on the topic of “So Many Stories.” She’s a local columnist or, as she says, a stringer (a regular contributor but not on staff), a word-on-the-street girl, or a package deal (a reporter who takes her own photos).

Marci had the following advice on building relationships with editors:

  • Make the editor’s job easier by finding out what she needs.
  • Don’t pitch what the publisher doesn’t need–something it covered in the last 6 months to a year. Study the magazine or newspaper. Maybe you can advance on a subject it covered last month.


Marci suggested these avenues for developing stories:

  • National holidays.
  • Personal experience, and
  • Mind mapping.

In her workshop, writers came up with at least 20 ideas from the word “summer” (mind mapping). Check out these topics–all from the word “summer.”

  1. Graduations
  2. Weddings
  3. Wedding traditions from the father’s POV
  4. Wedding traditions from the mother’s POV
  5. Weddings/Meeting the in-laws
  6. Wedding catering                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  7. Wedding budgets
  8. Summer camps
  9. VBS
  10. Summer activities for families
  11. Volunteering
  12. RV Ministries
  13. Fishing
  14. Travel (what to pack)
  15. Travel articles
  16. Summer safety
  17. Hot August Nights (car shows)
  18. Backyard BBQs
  19. Planting/landscaping
  20. Cleaning

Thank you, Marci, for your inspiring and encouraging message. You especially inspired me on photojournalism. I purchased a camera that fits in my purse.




Categories Announcements, Training Workshops, Uncategorized, Writing Tips | Tags: , , , , | Posted on June 20, 2011

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