Story by E Julu Swen

 

The Publishing Team of the United Methodist Church in Liberia has added more flavor to its annual writers training by including over 20 students from the United Methodist Schools around Monrovia and its suburb. According to the Publishing Team leader, E Julu Swen, the last six years were spent in training pastors and lay people of the Church. Several who are currently working on writing books of their own.

“We need to shift our attention to the young people who are in our schools so that we don’t leave a gap in our plans to prepare writers for the church and the society, Swen stressed. He believed that some of the students attending the writers training were amazed by the presence of the group and showed their eagerness to contribute to the writing and reading culture of church and state.

Jutomue Doetein, a student at John Lewis Morris United Methodist School, said he is happy to know that this group exists in the church to prepare him for his dream becoming a writer. “I want to write articles that will change the lives of people in a positive way,” Doetein asserted. He is the Editor and writes for the John Lewis Morris News Bulletin, a two-page newsletter which they use to inform students of issues affecting them on and off campus.

The February 15-16, 2018 Writers Training which was held at the ELWA Camp Lawana retreat center was originally meant for June 2017, the date of the annually held training.  Liberia’s Publishing Team in a brief meeting at ELWA approved the inclusion of a students’ version of writers training in their next publishing plan.