Cedarville Student-Author to Speak on Writing

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Her goal was to become a published author by age 21. Brittany Waggoner`s dream became reality this fall when her first book, Prayers for When You`re Mad, Sad, or Just Totally Confused, hit bookstores five months after her 21st birthday. Now the Cedarville University senior will share tips on "Writing for Publication" when she speaks at the Cedarville University Writing Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Writing Center is located in Room 106 of the Tyler Digital Communication Center on the Cedarville campus, and all are welcome to attend this free event, including high school and home-school students. For more information, call Cheryl Davis at 937-766-3245. Waggoner`s course toward writing a book began when, as a high-schooler in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., she volunteered to host a Christian television talk show for teens. A passionate desire to teach and encourage young people blossomed in her because of the experience. "Kids have the mentality that they are going to start God`s work after they graduate," she explained. "I encourage them to never wait on ministry, but to see what they can do now." Waggoner headed to Cedarville as a broadcasting major determined to propagate these concepts. She decided to write an energetic book for teens, but ended up landing a writing contract for a book on dating instead. Before she could begin the book, a chain of personal disappointments hit. Her beloved grandmother died, she broke up with her boyfriend, and a job she was counting on failed. "I felt totally crushed," she said. "I didn`t feel I had the energy or ability to write a book to help kids have nice dating lives." Waggoner`s editor suggested that she set aside the dating topic and simply write about what God was teaching her through her problems. Waggoner wrote Prayers in one and a half months. "The book was completely born out of experience ... and of the lessons that God taught me," she noted. "It`s from my heart." Full of illustrations and example prayers, Prayers is, according to Waggoner, a handbook on the kinds of disappointments that teens face. "In every disappointment, there`s a time when you make a decision about how you`re going to handle that disappointment," Waggoner explained. "Prayers is a simple encouragement for the tough times." A two-time Cal Thomas Scholarship recipient, Waggoner hopes to write additional books and expand her speaking ministry. She will have several local speaking opportunities this fall (see following schedule). Waggoner may be contacted at 919-434-6160 or cstagemin@aol.com. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Offering 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students, the University features an award-winning campus computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu.