Writer's Workshop - The Art of the Personal Essay: Make A Point. Change the World: with the Rev. John F. Hudson
Monday, November 11, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Warren Conference Center and Inn
529 Chestnut Street
Ashland, MA 01721

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(508) 879-5233 ext. 239


Andrea Bellarosa


Good non-fiction spiritual writing makes a point, tells a story, shares a memory, constructs an argument and always gives life to an idea. Personal essays require conciseness and clarity of thought: getting to the point to make your point, with elegance and creativity. In these times of tweets and blog posts and readers with short attention spans, spiritual writing can't afford to be dusty, dull, or irrelevant. God's Word and the word must be crafted well to get the attention of a spiritually distracted world.
Do you want to make your blog posts, opinion pieces, magazine/journal articles, newsletter essays and sermons more compelling and cogent? Ready to dig deep, discover who you are on the page and create a clear and compelling point of view in your writing? Spend a week delving into the craft and art of the personal essay. Give life to your unique writing voice. Join a creative community for a November autumn week in New England at a cozy and restful retreat center. We will learn through writing exercises, lectures, discussions, reading the best of essay writers, and sharing our work with each other. There will be time for rest, prayer, exercise and, of course, writing.  Applicants are asked to submit a writing sample of up to 1,000 words in support of their application.

The program is limited to 12 pastoral participants and will be held at the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Ashland, Massachusetts, 25 miles east of downtown Boston.

Accommodations include private rooms with baths, and all meals and snacks. Transportation to and from the facility are the responsibility of participants.  The program generally begins after breakfast and continues after dinner.  Evening work is at the discretion of the leader.   The workshop starts on Monday, November 11th at 4 pm and ends in the evening on Saturday, November, 16th.  Sunday is a travel day.  

The cost of the program is underwritten by the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC in partnership with the Collegeville Institute and the Lilly Endowment. Participants are expected to stay the full length of the workshop.  

Questions, please contact:  Andrea Bellarosa—bellarosaa@macucc.org

The application deadline is June 3, 2019.  Applicants will be notified no later than July 15, 2019.

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