3 Reasons You Need to Write With Us in New England!
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
“What could we do to encourage other writers and would-be-writers on their journey?”
Long answer made short: Organize and offer a retreat and community for attendees to both concentrate on their spiritual calling to write for the Kingdom, as well as honing their writing skills and learning new technique. Above all – build community.
That’s when the New England Christian Writers Retreat was born – back in 2013.
And we’re doing it again in just a few short months – June 17-19 on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary just north of Boston. Amazing faculty include Liz Curtis Higgs, Torry Martin, Lori Roeleveld, as well as co-directors Lauren Yarger, Tessa Afshar and me (Lucinda Secrest McDowell).
Everyone gets a dedicated study space the entire weekend (to actually write!) plus there are numerous workshops and plenary sessions, time to pray and be prayed for, worship/communion, and lots and lots of networking! See Full Schedule Here
Why should YOU pray about joining us at the New England Christian Writers Retreat?
Here are three strategic reasons why events like NECWR are an important investment:
- People – You will meet others who have a passion for writing for the Kingdom. Honey, these are your people! I suspect you may make lifetime friends if you allow yourself to let go of insecurity and be open to unlikely partnerships. Way back in 1993 I tied for the “Mount Hermon Writer of the Year” award with a California writer named Janet Holm McHenry and we are still great friends today who pray for each other’s deadlines. Many of my best professional and personal friendships came out of writing events. Community is so important – we share each other’s struggles and successes.
But, in addition to meeting other writers, you will meet people who are there to pour into your life great wisdom and practical skills that will make you a better communicator. These faculty are there to give back to the community. Make the most of every moment you have talking with them at the dining table, sitting under their teaching, and divine appointments.
- Purpose – You may wonder whether or not you are called to write and speak professionally. If so, going to a writers event can be a helpful way to determine whether or not you are prepared and willing to do the hard work required in honing your craft. Integral in this process is listening to God. Strength of soul will spill over into the words you share, so do not neglect spiritual disciplines in your faith development. Use your time at the conference to ask the hard questions of other writers who have forged ahead in the journey. And remember, learning what we are not called or gifted to do, is as important as learning what we are to pursue in life. Remember who you are and what your story and style is, and don’t try to compare yourself to everyone you meet. Be sure and take time after the event to process all you have heard and to pray about what it means for your writing and speaking career.
- Profession – If a writers retreat can help you understand your purpose and calling and offer you amazing people for leadership and companionship, then it becomes a huge investment in your professional journey. Take advantage of much of the schedule, but know your limits and be sure to rest, so you don’t become overwhelmed. Keep in touch with special connections made and set forth a workable follow-up plan. Be grateful for this opportunity. Thank everyone who helped you get here.
Would you like to know what some of our NECWR alumni have said about their time with us in the past years? Click Here.
I would love to see you there!
under the mercy, Cindy