If you write, or read, books that matter – books with substance and soul – then this is the place for you. 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”. You do not need to be an experienced writer to attend. Our conferences have a reputation for very high quality speakers, collegiality, and a lack of competitiveness among attendees, so please do not be intimidated if you have not yet published much. Come join us and enjoy the supportive environment!
Previous Writing for Your Life conferences have been rated, on average, over 4.6 out of 5 by attendees!
Registration Now Open!!!
- 2020 Christian Children’s Books Online Conference – September 21-25, 2020 – for writers, readers, librarians, educators – online
- Publishing in Color online conference – October 5-10, 2020
- The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer – Online Course – October 20-23 – online
- An Italian Retreat: The Craft and Business of Spiritual Writing – Rome and Florence – September 19-25, 2021
- Writing for Your Life Online Mega-Conference! – enjoy recordings of 34 presentations, 20 book discussions, and 35 Q&A discussions, with an outstanding cast of spiritual authors and publishing industry professionals, led by Barbara Brown Taylor
Save the Dates!!!
- A new online Writing for Your Life conference – November 16-20, 2020
- 2021 conferences are in development!
The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer is a day-long seminar dedicated to helping writers run their writing business like an entrepreneur, with sessions on strategic and tactical marketing, how to approach getting published, and entrepreneurial business principles.
You may also be interested in our free download: “Getting The Most Out Of A Writers Conference”
Here is a list of the past conferences we’ve produced or co-produced.
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).
Writing for Your Life also produces Publishing in Color conferences which are intended to help overcome the fact that in today’s spiritual publishing industry several groups are under-represented. (Learn more about Publishing in Color here.)
Comments from previous conferences:
April: Barbara Brown Taylor drew me to the conference, yet it was the many authors, agents, publishers and your leadership that kept me there. Your compassionate ways to all speakers did not go unnoticed. Thank you for sharing your laughter of joy, your spoken “wows” of encouragement, and even a possible tear.
Cat: I’m writing to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the labor of love that is the conference. It’s not an overstatement to say that it changed my life.
Renee: The conference was life changing in the way you arrive somewhere and say “aha! THESE are my people!”. Encouragement is catalyst for growth that is immeasurable.
Lydia: I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing conference! I know you put a lot of work into organizing it and it was very well done. I walked away with inspiration and information to move forward. Plus, I feel I gathered a good network of writers! I’m excited to continue using Writing for Your Life as a resource.
Lorri: Thank you so much for a tremendous experience. This conference has opened up a significant new door in ministry for me.
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!!”
Bill: I so much appreciate the one-on-one time you spent with me. The fact that you were very busy running the workshop but still took a few minutes to chat about writing with me is a sign of your true character. Again, thank you! In particular I wanted to let you know how one small piece of information you shared in your marketing for writers breakout that helped me beyond words.
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”
Barbara Brown Taylor: “Working with Brian Allain is such a pleasure that it never feels like work. He is one of the most positive, creative, effective and genuinely kind people you will ever meet.”