Saturday (4 May) sees the annual young writer’s Brain’s Trust meeting in Melbourne chaired by Sydney’s Sam Gillespie.
The Brain’s Trust have been meeting for some years as a consultancy body to the young writers program, focused mainly on the nature of the internal mechanisations of Press Service International.
The young writer program has been functioning since 2009 as a ministry within Press Service International and Christian Today, a program now with 105 young writers from Australia, New Zealand and with numerous internationals.
The internationals come from England, Canada, USA, China, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam and the West Indies. They make up 16 young writers 18-30 years in Week 1. Then there are 7 in the Over 31s in Week 5.
This upcoming 4 May “Brain’s Trust discussions” will also include the two new video producers – Cartia Moore (Sunshine Coast) who presents a video every couple of months on PSI matters, and Amy Manners (Adelaide) who features the ‘newsy bits’.
One success story though has been the Weebly ‘updating’ the CV sites of each young writer. Mr Basil Sellers AM expressed his astonishment that I had been doing this fine data base work for so many years. Josh Hinds the web master of the PSI site has issued every young writer their own code so as to update their own CV sites with their articles.
This plan to have the young writers upload their own CV sites along with an explanation sheet by Brent Van Mourik and a DVD by Cartia Moore issued last November has been sparingly engaged which was issued again in late January. It is also advantageous to the editor of Christian Times. China who is going to the CV sites to ascertain which articles to republish.
The Brain’s Trust has a lot on its plate on Saturday 4 May.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html