Get Published!  Are you looking to get published? Publishing in Color conferences are intended to help overcome the fact that in today’s spiritual publishing industry several groups are under-represented.  These conferences feature publishing industry representatives and are focused on “how to get published” with a little “how to market” and “how to write” thrown in. Under-represented groups include (but are not limited to) African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Publishing in Color conferences are produced by Writing for Your Life, and we also produce Writing for Your Life conferences. Those conferences feature more authors and are focused mostly on “how to write” with a little “how to get published” and “how to market” thrown in. (Learn more about Writing for Your Life here.)

Our conferences / workshops / retreats have a reputation for very high quality speakers, collegiality, and a lack of competitiveness among attendees. Come join us and enjoy the supportive environment!


Save the Dates!!!

Publishing in Color conferences

  • Nov. 8-9, 2018 – Elmhurst, IL (Chicago area) featuring Dominique Gilliard and Ed Gilbreath – at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
  • March 25-27, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – featuring Mako Fujimura – at the University of Southern California
  • June 12-14, 2019 – Madison, NJ – at Drew University Theological School

Writing for Your Life conferences

  • Nov. 6-8, 2018 – Elmhurst, IL (Chicago area) featuring Sarah Bessey and Lauren Winner – at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
  • March 12-14, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN  – featuring Barbara Brown Taylor and John Pavlovitz – at the Christian Theological Seminary
  • March 27-29, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – at the University of Southern California
  • May 21-23, 2019 – Holland, MI – featuring Mako Fujimura and Tish Harrison Warren – at the Western Theological Seminary
  • June 10-12, 2019 – Madison, NJ – featuring Barbara Brown Taylor – at Drew University Theological School

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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).

All conference attendees are expected to comply with our Code of Conduct.


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Profits from the Publishing in Color conferences will be donated to the Publishing in Color Scholarship Fund.


To see information about our first conference click here.


Comments from our first conference:

Monica: This event was truly amazing. Words are not enough to fully express the life changing impact that it had on me as an up and coming writer.

Chelle: The single most encouraging writing fellowship experience of my life. I cannot begin to thank you enough. I was blessed.

[Name withheld for privacy]: I am pleased to shared that one of the publishers at the conference has extended a long term publishing contract (5 book series) to me! My literary agent is preparing the contract as I write. I knew when I read the article about this inaugural writers conference that something good would happen. Thank you again for your vision…

Kym: I was deeply inspired and delighted to be in the company of such fine people.

Richard: Had an amazing couple days at @publishincolor. Loved listening, learning, and contributing in whatever way I could. Met so many brilliant people, feeling very honored to have been a part of it.

Lisa: Thank you @publishincolor and @writing4urlife for an incredible two days. I’m energized by the conversations!

Kem: Had the BEST time at #PIC2018! Awesome experience building relationships with writers, agents and publishers!

Lisa: One @publishincolor workshop presenter had me in tears, cue the music, pass the tissue; one of us whose heart for God has always been pure gold; writing exercise was lit, we were late getting food the creative fare was so yummy!

Shannon: @publishincolor Thank you for creating a fantastic conference for Black Christian writers. It was such an affirming and supportive environment for my mind and spirit. It felt like home.

Lisa: Ever cry so much your eyeballs hurt? That’s how I’m feeling heading home on train from @publishincolor — all were happy tears; deeply emotional being in such a spiritually charged, creative, COLORful space!

Carolyn: It was such a great conference. I was impressed and inspired by all the wonderful speakers and the folks I had a chance to chat with.  Thank you for the wonderful work you did to make this happen. Truly- thank you.

Ed: Thank you so much. I’m still floating on cloud nine from this conference.

Bonetta: Just wanted to say Thank You So Much, for such a FABULOUS Spiritual Writer’s Conference. I have truly learned so much, met some truly amazing people and received a lot of great information. Just Wonderful. I am so glad I attended.

Maryam: Thank you for a wonderful conference!

Francine:  I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. It was very insightful and encouraging. I am confident that the Lord has ordered my steps. And significant relationships and connects are being established as a result of the conference.

Jacqueline: I wanted to express my gratitude while the memories are still fresh! Thank you for all of your hard work in not only assembling a stellar list of publishing professionals but attracting a great group of conferees to attend the conference. As a conferee,  I benefited from both. May God bless you for your sacrifice of time and energy for putting it all together! I will be sure to let you know how God is working in my life and the lives of others after attending this stellar event!

Lisa: For two days, I received the visual and auditory proof. Indeed, it soon became clear from things I saw and heard that there is genuine interest in publishing more ethnic voices.

Lynne: This was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced.

Frank: It has been amazingly successful and I hope you get the sense that all have been blessed by the conversations.

Toussaint: The workshop was more than I expected. I learned so much and met a lot of amazing Publishing houses, Agents, Editors, Magazines and amazing guest speakers.



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