Are you thinking about a “second career” in writing? Many pastors and lay people feel this calling. We would like to help you make the transition!

If you would like to write books that matter – books with substance and soul – then this is the place for you.  Writing for Your Life invites you to our Fall 2021 Online Conference “Writing in the second half of life”, featuring authors Diana Butler Bass, Patricia Raybon, Marilyn McEntyre, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Erin Healy, Victoria McAfee, and Kaya Oakes, along with publishing industry experts Susan Salley (Abingdon Press), Amy Gingerich (Herald Press), Sharon Elliott (literary agent), and Lyn Cryderman (consultant), with special guests Frank Schaeffer, Parker Palmer, Sophfronia Scott, David Morris, Kate Rademacher, and more!

The conference takes place November 8-12, 2021, all online, but don’t worry – attendees can enjoy recordings of all sessions for the following 3 months.

Tuition for the conference is only $249 and includes all presentations, live Q&A with speakers, worship service, open-mic session, “submit your pitch”, networking lunch breaks, and more. 

Registration Now Open! Click on the link below to pay for your registration (credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Pay in 4, or PayPal Credit are accepted; all payments are processed through PayPal). After you pay, an email confirmation will be sent to the name and email address you enter into PayPal (or the one associated with your PayPal account) within 5 days. Please check your Spam or Promotions folders in case our emails get stuck there. If you need to change the name or email address on your registration please let us know.

CLICK HERE to pay for your registration.

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!

There are a ton of things for you to enjoy:

  • Practical and inspiring presentations from accomplished Christian authors and publishing industry experts
  • No overlapping sessions, so you can easily see all of them – and the recordings are also available for the following 3 months
  • Worship service
  • Live Q&A sessions with all featured speakers (via Zoom)
  • Networking Lunch Breaks – unmoderated, informal times for you to chat with other conference attendees
  • Optional 1-on-1 private online meetings with selected speakers (separate registration required; limited availability) – additional details here
  • Open mic (via Zoom)
  • “Submit your pitch” program (by email)
  • Networking Lunch Breaks
  • “Marketing as a Spiritual Practice” discussion
  • Elevator pitch feedback session
  • “Writing for Television”
  • Sharing resources for progressive spiritual writers – program introduction
  • Independent publishing demo
  • MFA in Creative Writing Program at Alma College – program overview
  • Conference Contact List (optional)
  • Private Facebook Group for WFYL conference attendees

Conference Schedule with presentation descriptions

Conference Speakers

Bookstore – learn about and purchase books about writing, publishing, and marketing, as well as some from our conference speakers

Details on many conference features (Meetings with speakers, Submit Your Pitch, Open mic, Elevator pitch practice, and much more)

Optional seminar: The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer (separate registration required)

Optional private 1-on-1 meetings with selected speakers (separate registration required; sign-up available after you register) – additional details here

Registration Now Open! Click on the link below to pay for your registration (credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Pay in 4, or PayPal Credit are accepted; all payments are processed through PayPal). After you pay, an email confirmation will be sent to the name and email address you enter into PayPal (or the one associated with your PayPal account) within 5 days. Please check your Spam or Promotions folders in case our emails get stuck there. If you need to change the name or email address on your registration please let us know.

CLICK HERE to pay for your registration.

By registering, all conference participants agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Release Agreement.

All conference and seminar information are subject to change.