Publishing in Color conferences foster relationships between writers from under-represented groups and representatives from the spiritual publishing industry. Several acquisition editors will be here, looking for new writers of color. The conference is particularly focused on serving under-represented groups such as African Americans, Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Connecting storytellers with editors and agents who can midwife them is the purpose of this conference. Bring your stories, learn about publishing, and meet many editors and agents who might help you take them to market. Not to mention a community of like-minded authors!

Is writing your calling? Listen to and speak with our caring and experienced group of top authors and industry veterans. #discernment

The conference will emphasize networking, relationship building, and learning “how to get published”. Participating companies will be accepting book proposals.

The main conference will take place on June 13-14, 2019, with pre-conference DigDeeper Retreats on June 12 (separate registration required).  Both the conference and the retreats will take place at the Drew University Theological School on the campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ.  Registration will take place at Seminary Hall,  located at 47 on this campus map. Our featured keynote speakers are Sophfronia Scott, Rodrigo Colon, Kathy Khang, and Karen Valentin.

A very special THANK YOU to our conference co-sponsors: the Social Justice Leadership ProjectDrew University Theological School, Toussaint Photography, and Writing for Your Life.

 

Registration Now Open! Click on this link to pay now (credit card, debit card, PayPal, 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 48 hours. If you need to change the name and email address please let us know.

 

This is your chance to meet acquisition editors and other key representatives from:

Registration for the main conference is $259 and includes all General Sessions and Breakout Seminars, 1-on-1 meetings, and refreshments. Attendee contact info will be provided to the attending industry representatives.

Registration Now Open! Click on this link to pay now (credit card, debit card, PayPal, 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 48 hours. If you need to change the name and email address please let us know.

 

Click on the links below for additional information.

Keynote Speakers

Publishing Industry Speakers

Conference Schedule

Breakout Seminars

Also Included: 1-on-1 meetings, Attendee contact info will be provided to the attending industry representatives, Bookstore, Open mic, Fashion workshop with Toussaint Photography – check out the video here and sign up for a photo shoot here.

Lodging and Transportation

Lunch options and nearby restaurants

 

Additional, optional events for you to consider:

Pre-conference DigDeeper Retreat with Sophfronia Scott and Brian Allain (separate registration required; additional 0.5 CEUs available) – June 12

Pre-conference DigDeeper Retreat with Jonathan Merritt and Brian Allain (separate registration required; additional 0.5 CEUs available) – June 12

Writing for Your Life conference (separate registration required; additional 1.0 CEUs available) – June 10-11

 

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

If you are a Drew University Theological School student, there are a limited number of scholarships available. If you are interested please complete the form here.  Scholarship applications for general public for the conference are now closed. We are currently seeking donations to the Publishing in Color Scholarship Fund, so that more deserving people can attend for free.

Registration Now Open! Click on this link to pay now (credit card, debit card, PayPal, 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 48 hours. If you need to change the name and email address please let us know.

Writing for Your Life is pleased to offer 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for pastors for this writers’ conference. Writing for Your Life is the parent company of Publishing in Color and is a member of the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (formerly the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry).

Profits from Publishing in Color conferences are donated to the Publishing in Color Scholarship Fund or to future Publishing in Color conference sponsorships.

All conference information subject to change.

 

Comments from our previous conferences:

Check out this video, where one of our conference alums describes how a Publishing in Color conference helped her land a three book deal!

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!

[Name withheld for privacy]: After the conference I applied (after the deadline) for the Guideposts national writers workshop contest that I learned about at your June conference..  just got word that I am one of 12 winners!!! to God be the glory! and thanks to Publishing in Color…

 

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!

[Name withheld for privacy]: I have been selected as one of the winners of the Guideposts Magazine Writers Workshop contest which was advertised at the Publishing in Color Conference. What a privilege it was to attend the conference and network with so many wonderful writers, speakers, publishers, and agents. I would not have learned about this opportunity if you were not doing this great work.

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.