Igniting passions through learning is what we are all about at Bridgeway Academy, which is why we are excited to share our newest Live Online Class series “Author In Your Home.” Taught by best selling author Renae Green, this series is designed to provide a strong foundation for writing with the setting that allows creativity to soar. Our Live Online Classes give students the opportunity to tap into their creative sides, explore their imaginations, and ask questions from a well renown author. Don’t just take it from us though, check out what Renae has to say about her love for teaching and writing!
What do you love most about teaching?
I love playing a small part in awakening creativity in others. God is a creative God, and we are made in His image. Yet many of us don’t ever fully access that creative part of our brains. Once it gets turned on, though, watch out! There’s no telling where we can go once we’re tuned in to our own creative natures.
How long have you been in education? (Either teaching a classroom or your own family)
I got my first full-time teaching job with Aldine Independent School District in Houston, in 1990. I was 22. (Man, that makes me feel old!) I’ve been actively teaching in public schools, private schools or home educating my own children ever since.
Why did you choose to partner with Bridgeway Academy for Live Online Classes?
I love teaching, but I don’t love the emphasis our public schools place on standardized testing. I homeschooled my own children for many years, so when I had the opportunity to join the Bridgeway team, I was thrilled.
What made you want to be an author?
I’ve always written. It’s how I process things. One of those deep-down desires of my heart was to be an author, but I didn’t think it was really a possibility for me. I had no idea how to even get started on that path. So I wrote, and kept everything I wrote in a cardboard box in my garage. A little over ten years ago, a friend of mine—a published author—encouraged me to attend the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. I sold my first article to Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine at that conference, and soon after I was offered my first book contract. It doesn’t usually happen that quickly, but I think since I’d been writing and developing my craft all those years, it came a little quicker for me once I started seeking publication. Psalm 37:4 really is true: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
What advice can you give to students wanting to write their own novel?
Set a daily word count goal, and stick with it. Even if you think what you’re writing is the absolute worst thing that’s ever been written, just keep going. Get a rough draft written. THEN, the fun part (I say that with a smirk and a tinge of sarcasm) begins. You get to REVISE! And revise and revise until your blob of clay becomes a masterpiece. You can do this!
I believe we were created to be creative beings. We were made to be writers and artists and musicians and inventors and creators of new things. You can do this, because you were made to do this.