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!


Registration now open!!!

Nashville, TN – Feb. 6-7, 2018 – featuring Brian McLaren and Carol Howard Merritt – at Belmont University (DigDeeper Retreat Feb. 8). Learn more and register here.

Raleigh, NC – May 9-10, 2018 – featuring Barbara Brown Taylor, Lauren Winner, and Robert Benson – at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (DigDeeper Retreat May 8) Learn more and register here.


Save the Dates!!!

Publishing in Color – for African American spiritual writers and others of African descent – June 19-20, 2018 – speakers TBD – at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ (DigDeeper Retreat June 18) Learn more here.

Elmhurst, IL – Nov. 7-8, 2018 – speakers TBD – at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church (DigDeeper Retreat Nov. 6)


Stay tuned for more conference announcements, or sign up for our email newsletter.

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).


Comments from previous conferences:

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”