From Critic to Creator or Curator: How to Stop Noticing Everything That’s Wrong & Start Making or Supporting Something Good



Do you find yourself energetically ferreting out flaws in stories, sermons, and people? Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are best sung in harmony. Over-emphasis on one is a recipe for a warped cultural posture. Truth is essential, and discernment crucial. However, an over-emphasis on criticism is a self-destructive culture to foster. Similarly, a snootily-high view of the arts can lead to a culture of impotent evaluations that paralyze efforts at creation. This talk is about moving on from being (overly) critical and into the hospitable vocations of creator and curator. We need more creators and curators.



Sam is the author of the middle-grade adventure fantasy novels, The Green Ember, The Black Star of Kingston, Ember Falls (The Green Ember: Book II), The Last Archer: A Green Ember Story, and Ember Rising: The Green Ember Book III.  Sam has been featured as a runner-up for the West Virginia Fiction Award, World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year, and Audible’s Kids Audiobook of the Year.

Sam Smith lives with his wife and four kids in West Virginia.

Connect with Sam and his work at and visit the Story Warren at

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