Get Unstuck! Looking for inspiration and practical advice to help your writing and your writing business? Writing for Your Life produces in-person writing conferences featuring leading authors and industry experts presenting on various topics in the areas of “how to write” “how to get published” and “how to market”. Our conferences / workshops / retreats have a reputation for very high quality speakers, collegiality, and a lack of competitiveness among attendees. Come join us and enjoy the supportive environment!
We offer two types of conferences. Writing for Your Life conferences feature more authors and are focused mostly on “how to write” with a little “how to get published” and “how to market” thrown in. Publishing in Color conferences are intended to help overcome the fact that in today’s spiritual publishing industry several groups are under-represented. So they feature more publishing industry representatives and are focused on “how to get published” with a little “how to market” and “how to write” thrown in. (Learn more about Publishing in Color here.)
Registration Now Open!!!
- Nov. 6-8, 2018 – Elmhurst, IL (Chicago area) – featuring Michael Maudlin and Lauren Winner – at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church – Click here to learn more and register
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Writing for Your Life conferences
- March 12-14, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN – featuring Barbara Brown Taylor and John Pavlovitz – at the Christian Theological Seminary
- March 27-29, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – at the University of Southern California
- May 21-23, 2019 – Holland, MI – featuring Mako Fujimura and Tish Harrison Warren – at the Western Theological Seminary
- June 10-12, 2019 – Madison, NJ – featuring Barbara Brown Taylor – at Drew University Theological School
Publishing in Color conferences
- Nov. 8-9, 2018 – Elmhurst, IL (Chicago area) – featuring Dominique Gilliard, Sharon Koenig, Joyce Dinkins, Cheryl Price, and Ed Gilbreath – at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
- March 25-27, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – featuring Mako Fujimura, Natasha Robinson, and Sharon Koenig – at the University of Southern California
- June 12-14, 2019 – Madison, NJ – at Drew University Theological School
Writing for Your Life is pleased to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for pastors for our writers’ conferences. 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).
All conference attendees are expected to comply with our Code of Conduct.
Comments from previous conferences:
Kate: I have been profoundly impacted – I think I will look back and see this as a major turning point. It felt like a homecoming. Thank you again!
Renee: Thank you so much more for creating this kind of event. I will absolutely be attending again.
Laura: The Writing for Your Life conference was just what I needed. It was inspiring and encouraging. Thanks!
Connie: Thanks so much for all you did to bring everyone together. I’d prayed beforehand about receiving discernment concerning how to proceed with my memoir. I felt peaceful about my decision to go with self-publishing after talking with you and Greg.
Marjorie: What a great conference this week! Truly, the presenters offered a beautiful and useful variety of instruction and information. You did a masterful job of bringing the right people together and creating an atmosphere of hospitality and collegiality.
Esther: I am grateful and amazed at how helpful all the presenters were, how willing to listen to everyone’s ideas and to suggest practical steps to move the work forward.
Lyndsey: The Writing for Your Life conference I went to was invaluable for wrapping my head around the road to book publishing. I got so much more done in two days in person than I had in a year or two Googling.
Susan: “Thank you for the tremendous experience. I learned something from every writer I met and came home inspired.”
Kelly: “I can’t thank you enough for the past three days. I don’t know when I’ve attended a more worthwhile event. I have already followed up on several of the suggestions shared – and actually have heard back from one magazine editor!!”
Erin: “This group of writers and creative people have been a blessing to me. Thank you for putting on an excellent conference.”
Martha: “I wanted to thank you personally for all you have done to pull together an inspirational and helpful event with the Writing for Your Life workshop. I appreciate the affirming people and presenters (including you!) who were so approachable and engaging. God crafted a beautiful thing here – and you listened and made it happen. Thank you!”
Sarah: “Everything about it exceeded my expectations, which were very hopeful in the first place. I could see and sense the care that was put into every aspect of the conference, couldn’t have asked for a better experience”
Anonymous: “I couldn’t have been more satisfied–it was such an interesting and inspiring two days and money well spent–truly the best organized gathering of this kind that I’ve ever attended. The whole process from online registration to now was a pleasure. Thank you!”
Anonymous: “It’s great to be at a conference where many people are exploring, fleshing out what writing might look like in their lives. It’s a safe, supportive environment for people all across the spectrum of writerliness. OK, that’s not really a word, but it works. Thanks for creating that space.”
Anonymous: “This is the first writing conference I’ve ever attended, but I’ve been to lots of conferences. This was very high quality and very well organized. The logistics were smooth and the spaces were very comfortable. All the speakers were excellent. THANK YOU!!!”
Libby: “I need to say thank you. I expected a much more critical and envious experience. I left feeling all the things I want church to feel like for people: valued, important, connected, beloved. God called me to this event. And I know now that God is calling me to write. Peace be yours!”
Donna: “It was one of the best conferences I’ve attended, and we’ve attended many”