In a bold expansion of its ongoing partnership with #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, Liberty University has announced the opening of its new Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing, according to Rick Christian, Founder and CEO of Alive Literary Agency, who negotiated the deal.
“It’s an amazing honor for Karen, and this new Center will prepare the next generation for a career as an author or screenwriter,” Christian said, noting that course offerings will launch with a minor degree for both residential and online students, with discussions continuing about expanding the curriculum.
He reported that it’s the second such distinction Liberty has bestowed on an Alive client, with the campus Student Union, Ice Center and Recreation and Fitness Center having been earlier named for Drs. Tim (1926-2016) and Beverly LaHaye. “Tim wrote the runaway best-selling Left Behind series in partnership with Jerry B. Jenkins, and Bev wrote prolifically as president of Concerned Women for America,” he said.
“I am beyond thrilled Liberty University chose to make this center a part of its curriculum,” added Kingsbury, a long-time Alive client who teaches interactive courses in writing, research, marketing, and film as part of her adjunct professor duties there. She is also a favorite speaker at the all-campus Convocation, and in May received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Liberty, where three of her children attend.
Dr. Roger Schultz, dean of Liberty’s College of Arts and Sciences, said he expects curriculum offered through the center to be very popular among incoming students, enabling them to articulate their faith through blogs, short stories, lyrics, screenwriting, and full-length works of fiction and non-fiction.
Kingsbury has sold more than 25 million copies of her books internationally. Many of her novels are in active development as major TV and motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books have been green-lit for a 2018 streaming digital series with Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, and MGM Studios. Her fourth Hallmark movie, “Maggie’s Christmas Miracle,” airs December 10th, and two other major motion picture adaptations of her novels are in the works.