Vienna, W.Va.—Ohio Valley University is pleased to announce that through the technology of “Telepresence,” the Ohio Valley University’s MDS Honors Program will be having two of the top authors in the Christian genre to lecture in the MDS 2 Honors course—Ms. Michelle Medlock Adams and Ms. Bethany Jett. Telepresence is a technology that allows anyone in the world to virtually teach and interact with students right in the classroom despite being in another location.
Michelle and Bethany will team-teach on the topic of children’s literature in the Middle Ages focusing on instructional, didactic, and moralistic texts for children that conveyed religious attitudes and conduct-related lessons necessary for children written by clerics like the Venerable Bede and AElfric of Eynsham, along with the Play of Daniel from the 12th century. They will then trace “the concept of childhood” that began in the 17th century in Europe with the Puritan works by James Janeway, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, and also the English philosopher John Locke’s theory of the tabula rasa (the human mind is a blank slate) in his 1690 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. As a springboard to modern literature, they will focus on Locke’s thinking that since the mind of the child is born blank it is the duty of the parents to provide children with “easy pleasant books” and that he advocated that picture books be created for children. Finally, Michelle and Bethany will trace children’s literature into the 21st century with their own styles and books.
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.
Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, My First Day of School (Worthy Kids) won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.
In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards.
Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm.
When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor three different years at Taylor University, teaching “Writing for Children.”
Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.
Bethany Jett attended her first writers conference with a proposal and a prayer and left with the Writer of the Year award, an agency contract, and interest from multiple publishers.
Three months later, she sold her debut book The Cinderella Rule: a Young Woman’s Guide to Happily Ever After (Revell), which became a Selah Awards finalist.
An entrepreneur at heart, Bethany co-owns Serious Writer, Inc., and is the Vice President of Platinum Literary Services where she specializes in marketing, nonfiction proposal creation, ghostwriting, and developmental editing. She is also an Assistant Acquisitions Editor for Little Lamb Books, LLC, a faith-based children’s publishing house.
Bethany is a columnist for a Midwest paper and has written for various online publications. She became the collaborative writer for Lacey Buchanan and penned two books: Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and Seek God in the Midst of Adversity and40 Days of Hope: A Prayer Journey. Both are currently finalists in the Cascades Awards in their respective categories. Her newest book, written with Michelle Medlock Adams, releases in 2019.
Bethany’s love for marketing and social media led to her pursuit of her Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication. She also holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Behavioral Social Science and Humanities with a Criminal Justice minor.
Along with her speaking, writing, and graduate studies, Bethany speaks at churches and conferences nationwide at women’s and youth conferences and retreats, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. Jr., SpiritLedWoman.com, crosswalk.com, SonomaChristianHome.com, ChristianMingle.com, the Rave section of The Orlando Sentinel, and Splickety Publishing Group.
Bethany is a military spouse to her college sweetheart, homeschooling momma-of-boys, suspense-novel junkie who describes herself as “mid-maintenance” and loves cute shoes and all things girly.
The MDS Honors Program students will benefit from the knowledge these two professional women will bring to the classroom.
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.