The buzz of the audience made it clear that much was
expected. Excitement hummed through us all as the evening’s coordinator took
the stage to introduce the main speaker. I had read some of his books – some I
liked, some not so much – so I was unsure what to expect from him as the
plenary speaker at Write! Canada, the country’s largest writers’ conference,
held June 11-14 in Guelph Ontario. 

When he took the microphone and admitted that he
hadn’t really prepared a speech for that night, I groaned inwardly. I’d heard
speakers say that before and had to endure a rambling talk that had little
focus and not much depth. But this speaker, on this night, would prove
Later it would be referred to as “The Ted Talk,” and
it was the highlight of the conference for many of us because the speaker, best-selling
author Ted Dekker, spoke directly from his heart about his life as a young missionary
kid, his life as he became obsessed with writing and his life as success
brought him to his knees and led him to surrender completely to God. 
These are some of the things I jotted down that
night. I trust they will stir your hearts to ponder :
*Writing itself is a process to peace.
*Your fear will keep you chained – move forward on
the beautiful path of surrender.
*You are a writer for your own transformation, not
for your success.
*Let go of the need to be better than you are and
discover your true beauty right now through your writing.
*Your objective is to live life, not publish books
so focus on your writing as a means to knowing God.
*Writing becomes “magical” when you find the light
in your own darkness.
*If you are not being transformed the story will not
be about transformation.
*We are just kids playing at making sand castles
that will be swept away. But we are left with what has happened in us and what
we find within us – God himself.
*Find the greatest conflict in yourself right now
and write it. Bleed on the page.
Ted’s talk was recorded by Swordfish Digital (email
conferences@swordfishdigital.com ) and will be available on The Word Guild’sWebsite in the near future. I highly recommend it to all writers of faith.

Marcia accepting The Word Award for her short story, An Unexpected Glory at Write! Canada 2014                              
Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta
Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She
was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel,
One Smooth Stone. Her second novel, A Tumbled Stone was also short listed
in the contemporary fiction category of The Word Awards in 2013. 
Marcia’s work was short-listed in three categories at Write! Canada’s Gala Award Ceremony held June 11th, 2014, in Guelph Ontario, Canada. Her work has been endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer,
Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. 
Abundant Rain, an ebook
devotional for writers can be downloaded here
Visit Marcia’s  Website  to learn more about her writing and speaking ministry