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, deep and meaningful conversations, and a lack of competitiveness among attendees, so please do not be intimidated if you have not yet published much. Writing for Your Life conferences are particularly useful for early-stage writers, including those who are not even sure if they consider themselves writers. Come join us and enjoy the supportive environment!
Previous Writing for Your Life conferences have consistently been rated over 4.6 out of 5!
Registration Now Open!!!
- The Business of Being a Writer – August, 2022 – Chautauqua, Week 8 – in-person
- The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer – Online Course – September 6-9, 2022 – online
- “How to Write Dangerously” online Writing for Your Life conference – September 12-16, 2022 – online
- Christian Children’s Book Online Conference – October 17-21, 2022 – online
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- Publishing in Color Online Conference – Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2022 – online
The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer is a 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 (and their speakers) 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 produces Publishing in Color conferences which are intended to help overcome the fact that in today’s spiritual publishing industry, writers of color are under-represented. (Learn more about Publishing in Color here.)
Comments from previous conferences:
Carolyn: Before attending your conference, I hadn’t even realized that what I was writing would be of interest to the Christian market. While my book had elements of faith, they were subtle. The conference was the first time I heard that Christian publishers were actively looking for crossover books. I just wanted you to know how God had used your conference to totally change the course of my career. Thank you for your hard work and faithfulness!
Marie: I am so thankful for the conference last week. It was an encouragement in what I believe may be God’s call for the next stage of my life – and cool water to a thirsty soul! Thank you for helping me dream a little bigger and begin to figure out how to make that dream happen by the grace of God!
Mary: Thanks again for the excellent organization and content of this conference. I’ve attended a number of online conferences and webinars over the past year. This one is on top in terms of ease of access, sound/video quality, seamless movement from one event to the next.
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.
Paul: I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your work in putting together the recent Writing For Your Life Conference. What a gift to have a chance to be in conversation with not only Barbara Brown Taylor and Kathleen Norris and your many other presenters, but also with the whole crew of people who are exploring what it is to write from spirit – asking questions, and contributing their own perspectives to the group discussion.
Kat: It has been a great week and the speakers and panels were amazing. I have been praying for guidance and listening for the Holy Spirit’s nudging. I had asked for a “Big Sign” so I would know for sure. Not 10 minutes later, I found an email for this conference. I’ve got 65 pages of notes and this has been one of the best weeks of my life, connecting with the panels, speakers and attendees. Great job putting this together, my day job includes putting on an international conference, so I really appreciate how well it was organized.
LC: Thank you for all you’ve you’ve done. I appreciate the ways that you have made room for your LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
Burt: I’ve attended other Christian writers conferences in the past, but yours surpasses them all. The group of presenters you brought together all have the compassion and caring attitude to present as much helpful information as possible. And it’s not just helpful—it’s timely and comprehensive in each topic covered.
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!
Beth: Thank you so much. I cannot begin to tell you how much I am learning and growing this week and surely not only as a writer.
Debby: You really did an amazing job of pulling together such an informative, well-conceived conference.
Pat: Thank you for a fantastic conference! I learned so much and look forward to participating in future events.
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.
Marie: This conference has been phenomenal! Thank you for organizing it and bringing together this community.
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”
Amanda: I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first writing conference. Thank you for your thoughtful planning.
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.”