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 writers of color 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 writers of color include (but are not limited to) African Americans, Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.
Our conferences / workshops / retreats 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!
Check out this video, where one of our conference alums describes how a Publishing in Color conference helped her land a three book deal!
Registration Now Open!!!
- Our first ever online Publishing in Color Online Conference – October 5-10, 2020
- 2020 Christian Children’s Books Online Conference – September 21-25, 2020 – for writers, readers, librarians, educators – online
- The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer – Online Course – October 20-23 – online
- An Italian Retreat: The Craft and Business of Spiritual Writing – Rome and Florence – September 19-25, 2021
- Writing for Your Life Online Mega-Conference! – enjoy recordings of 34 presentations, 20 book discussions, and 35 Q&A discussions, with an outstanding cast of spiritual authors and publishing industry professionals, led by Barbara Brown Taylor
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- A new online Writing for Your Life conference – November 16-20, 2020
- 2021 conferences are in development!
The Business of Being a Spiritual Writer is a day-long retreat dedicated to helping writers run their writing business like an entrepreneur, with sessions on strategic and tactical marketing, how to approach getting published, and entrepreneurial business principles.
Here is a list of the past conferences we’ve produced or co-produced.
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Publishing in Color has established a scholarship fund that will pay for selected individuals to attend a future Publishing in Color conference at no charge. The fund is currently accepting donations, and profits from the Publishing in Color conferences will be donated to this fund or directly to sponsorships for future Publishing in Color conferences.
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.) To be notified about future Writing for Your Life conferences subscribe to the Writing for Your Life newsletter.
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).
Comments from our previous conferences:
Yohan: Just want to share the news that I got published! I attended that Publishing in Color Conference in New Jersey last year. Thank you for hosting the conference. I truly appreciate it.
Terry: Attending Publishing in Color was truly a transformative experience. The conference helped to inspire and laser focus my vision by introducing me to people who could help birth my book into the world.
Reginald: Every aspect of the conference was a first class experience. The warm, inviting, and informative environment of the conference made me comfortable enough to enjoy and fully experience the plethora of opportunities you provide.
Al: My being present at this conference was a God Send! I was beyond inspired by all of…..EVERYTHING! So many wonderful writers and people, I am getting emotional just thinking about all of my wonderful encounters! My life has been changed…
Lorri: Thank you so much for a tremendous experience. This conference has opened up a significant new door in ministry for me.[Name withheld for privacy]: Yesterday I was informed by Fortress Press that their senior leadership team voted to accept my book proposal. Contract and advance on the way! Thank you!
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.
Cat: I’m writing to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the labor of love that is the conference. It’s not an overstatement to say that it changed my life.[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…
Mini: This was one of the best conferences I have attended, writing related or otherwise. It was well organized. The speakers had a lot of wisdom to share and encouragement to offer. And the opportunity to connect with other writers of color and publishing representatives was so valuable.
Jacqueline: This experience was a shining example of God’s goodness despite the rough waters of life and I’m beginning to see the lighthouse of Hope in the horizon.
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.
Donna: This conference was groundbreaking. It was not only the first of its kind, a much needed gathering of underrepresented writers, BUT every keynote, workshop, one-on-one, lunch conversation, business card exchange, and photograph taken broke up the soil in my writing that had begun to dry out and harden. I emerge from this conference with fresh soil ready to be tilled and cultivated to bear fruit.
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.
Lorri: This was so informative and self-acknowledging. It was a great experience and the conference for me was mind-blowing.
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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