Ready to take your writing to the next level? On the day before the main workshop we will also offer a DigDeeper Retreat, taught by Philip Gulley and Brian Allain. It will take place at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located at 100 W. 86th Street in Indianapolis, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – the day before the main conference.


Registration Now Open! Click on this link to pay now (credit card, debit card, PayPal, or PayPal Credit are accepted; all payments are processed through PayPal). After you pay, you will be sent an email confirmation within 48 hours.


Sneak peek at the schedule:

9:00 AM: Introductions and Session 1 (Philip Gulley) –  “The Writer’s Journey: From Idea to Publication, With Stops Along the Way” – Part 1

  • An in-depth look at the writing and publishing process, the decisions and destinations involved, the people you need to bring with you, and how to handle detours.

10:30 AM: Break

11:00 AM: Session 2 (Philip Gulley) –  “The Writer’s Journey: From Idea to Publication, With Stops Along the Way” – Part 2

  • A continuation of the first session

12:30 PM: Lunch on your own and time for writing and reflection

2:00 PM: Session 3 (Brian Allain) – Building Your  Tribe

  • Strategic positioning – how to find your niche and become known
  • Building your platform through social media – why it matters
  • How marketing is different for spiritual writers
  • Social media marketing recommendations
  • Tactical Facebook marketing guidelines including advertising

3:30 PM: Break

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

The Retreat cost is $199 and includes break refreshments (lunch and dinner are on your own). A one-hour phone consultation with Brian Allain, sometime after the conference, is also included.


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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:

Philip Gulley is a pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana, near Indianapolis. He lives in the nearby town of Danville with his wife Joan and their two dogs, Ruby and Jack. They have two sons, and one granddaughter, Madeline, who rules the roost.

An eclectic writer, Phil has published numerous books, including the acclaimed Harmony series chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous essays.  Gulley’s memoir, I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhoodrecounts his coming-of-age years in DanvilleIndianaIn addition, Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, followed by Gulley’s books If the Church Were Christian and The Evolution of Faith.

Phil’s latest book is Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe – now available!

In his recently published work of non-fiction,  Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom For a Better Life Today,  Gulley offers the opportunity to participate in a world where the values of the Quaker way bring equity, peace, healing, and hope. And  A Place Called Hope continues the fictional exploits of Sam Gardner, first introduced in Gulley’s Harmony series. Website:


Brian Allain leads Writing for Your Life, a resource center for spiritual writers, and provides marketing services for authors and companies through Enliven Your Tribe! His work includes the Publishing in Color conference series, which is intended to increase the number of books published by under-represented groups of spiritual writers.  Previously Brian served as Founding Director of the Frederick Buechner Center where he led the launch of Mr. Buechner’s online presence and established several new programs and strategic partnerships. Brian has developed and led spiritual writers conferences at Princeton Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, Belmont University, New Brunswick Seminary, and several churches. He led the self-publishing effort for the book Buchner 101: An Introduction to Frederick Buechner. and