Lord, let me heed the angels you put in my path.
- Katherine Paterson
We're still getting thank-you emails from the workshoppers who were invited to our full-day session in Rye, New York, this past weekend.
We all learned a lot (yes, even us teachers) about telling inspiring real life stories in an exciting and memorable way. We also got to catch up with one another about what's been happening in the rest of our lives. Of course there was plenty of good news: A son got married, a daughter and son-in-law moved closer to home, new pets are acclimating to the family routine. And there were pictures to prove all of it among the group of far-flung Guideposts friends.
The first email I sent out when we got back to the office was to Roberta Messner, a longtime friend and Guideposts workshopper (that's her in the dark jacket, second from the left in the back row). I was pleased to tell her she has earned the title of Angels on Earth Contributing Editor! Congratulations, Roberta! We know you'll continue to write your own wonderful Angels on Earth stories, and to find people who need your help to share theirs. Watch the table of contents for Roberta's byline to appear, and look for her name on every masthead beginning with the July/August issue of the magazine. Roberta started her Guideposts career by submitting one of her own true inspirational stories to the biannual Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest. Today she writes stories for both Angels on Earth and Guideposts, and contributes devotionals to Daily Guideposts.
Does that sound like a dream come true to you? If so, it's time to submit your true first-person story to the Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest 2012. You can submit your manuscript online or by snail mail. Tell your own story, or ghostwrite a story in the first person for someone else. And it doesn't have to be an angel story ... but if it is, that would be heavenly!
Colleen Hughes is the editor-in-chief of Angels on Earth. She's been at Guideposts for 20 plus years, and lives in a Hudson River town with her two daughters and two cats.