Get to Know Mrs. S.!

Get to Know Mrs. S.!

What role do you play in the OYAN community? What kinds of responsibilities do you have?
First of all, I’m a graphic designer. All of the materials available for purchase – workbooks, textbooks, DVD covers, logos, etc. – are designed by me. I am also responsible for the creative aspects (layout and design) of our websites.

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Myths: How Do We Use Them in Stories Today?

Myths: How Do We Use Them in Stories Today?

By Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor
In my last post, I discussed the role of mythology and the particular power it has in storytelling. Here I would like to examine a couple ways we can incorporate myths into our own stories. Some writers make subtle, brief allusions to myths that are intended to add a “bonus” layer of meaning for those who will notice. But two more significant ways myths can be used are in retellings and original work.

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Telling a Religious Story Without Being Preachy, Part 2

Telling a Religious Story Without Being Preachy, Part 2

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
Last week, we looked at the problem of “preachiness” in Christian stories, and two major elements to eliminate to avoid coming off as preachy in your own work: Mouthpiece Syndrome and the Willing Recipient. This week, I focus on some other practical ways to address the problem of preachiness, especially when editing important thematic scenes.

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