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DigDeeper Retreat with Jonathan Merritt and Brian Allain

June 12, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT


Ready to take your writing to the next level? On the day after the Writing for Your Life conference we will also offer a DigDeeper Retreat, taught by Jonathan Merritt and Brian Allain. It will take place at Drew University Theological School on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – the day after the Writing for Your Life conference; which is also the day before the Publishing in Color conference.

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

Jonathan’s topics”

“The Power of Narrative: Telling Tantalizing Tales”
Why do some stories shock our senses while others fall flat? What makes one tale memorable and another utterly forgettable? Jonathan Merritt, author and contributing writer for The Atlantic, has distilled critical elements from time-tested stories that anyone can learn. Whether you are a blogger, novelist, or academic, this powerful workshop will give you tools you need to take your stories to the next level. NOTE: All participants should bring a narrative essay no longer than 500 words in length.

“Who is the Who in Your Whoville”
Acclaimed author and columnist Jonathan Merritt says that the biggest mistake that most young writers and many experienced ones make is that they fail to identify their target audience. Yet, in every other communication form we are aware of an influenced by a specific person we intend to speak to. In this eye-opening seminar, Merritt will explain the powerful difference that audience identification makes for a writer’s work. Come prepared to interact with others and create your own unique target audience profile.

Brian’s topics:

“Building Your Platform”

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


June 12, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT


Drew University
36 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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