Ready to take your writing to the next level? On the day before the main workshop we will also offer an Advanced Writer’s Retreat, taught by Sarah Arthur and Brian Allain. The Advanced Writer’s Retreat will emphasize

  • vocational discernment
  • brand/message clarification
  • setting short-and-long-term goals
  • building a platform (without losing your soul!)
  • opportunities for individual writing & reflection
  • getting to know other writers
  • connecting with a workshop speaker and the workshop organizer in a smaller group setting

Discussion and discernment in small groups of 6-8 will be a key component. Class size is limited.

The Advanced Writer’s Retreat will take place on the campus of Western Theological Seminary on Monday, May 15, 2017 – the day before the main workshop.

Sneak peek of the schedule:

9:00 AM: Introductions and Session 1 (Sarah Arthur): Writing as a Calling

  • What are you called to write? Why?
  • What is your unique “brand” or mission/message?

10:30 AM: Break

11:00 AM: Session 2 (Sarah Arthur): Writing as a Career

  • Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? 10 years?
  • What will it take to get you there?

12:30 PM: Lunch and time for writing and reflection

2:00 PM: Session 3 (Brian Allain): Writing for your Tribe

  • Building your platform through social media – why it matters
  • How marketing is different for spiritual writers
  • Social media marketing recommendations

3:30 PM: Break

4:00 PM: Q&A and Wrap-up

6:00 PM: Group dinner (optional)

The Retreat cost is $199 and includes lunch and breaks (but not dinner).

Registration is available after you have registered for the main conference.  If you have done that and would like to register for the Advanced Writer’s Retreat, please contact Brian Allain at [email protected].

Writing for Your Life is pleased to offer 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for pastors for this advanced writer’s retreat. Writing for Your Life is a member of the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (formerly the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry).

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Leader bios:

Sarah Arthur is a seventeen-year veteran and the author, editor, or contributor for over a dozen books as well as numerous articles and curricula. She was first know for her bestselling, award-winning devotionals, including Walking With Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings (Tyndale), but she has since branched out into more in-depth engagement with literature through the Literary Guides to Prayer series from Paraclete Press (while secretly writing Young Adult novels!). For several years Sarah has been the preliminary fiction judge for Christianity Today Book Awards. She is a fun-loving speaker and has served for the past two years on the faculty of the Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop at Princeton Seminary, and as a presenter at the Writing for Your Life webinar series. When she isn’t writing, Sarah is the volunteer youth coordinator of Sycamore Creek United Methodist Church in Lansing, MI, where she lives with her pastor-husband Tom and their two little boys.

Brian Allain serves as Director of the Frederick Buechner Center and produces the Writing for Your Life series of in-person and online writers conferences.  At the Buechner Center, Brian led the launch of Mr. Buechner’s online presence and grew his social media reach to over 1.8 million Facebook fans and over 300 thousand Twitter followers. Brian has developed and led writers conferences at Princeton Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and Belmont University. He led the self-publishing effort for the book Buchner 101: An Introduction to Frederick Buechner. He also provides marketing consulting services to several spiritual authors and institutions. and