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July 7 - July 14

Spiritual Writing at Keyon

About the Program

Sermons, newsletters—your writing is important to everyone in your church or synagogue. Yet clergy of all faiths tell us that there’s another conversation that matters, outside their institution’s walls, among those who aren’t there for services, but are reading, thinking, and caring about living a moral and spiritual life. This is your chance to learn the best ways to connect with those seekers and believers.

This one-week, writing-intensive program teaches you how to be a more expressive, authentic, and skilled writer, honing what you have to say and becoming more proficient and current in how to say it in media as diverse as op-eds, blogs, the personal essay, and social media. Our multi-faith approach is founded on the belief that our writing traditions have something to teach one another. Seminars and lectures are led by some of today’s most prolific and respected spiritual writers and journalists. A daily social media workshop, tailored to your level of experience, will hone your expertise on tools that enable you to reach out as a spiritual exponent in your community.

Beyond Walls begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, and concludes at noon Saturday, July 15. You will begin the morning in small group seminars, each day focusing on a different writing form, followed by afternoon solo writing time, master classes, and faculty-led writing groups. You will:

And, in the beauty of tranquil Gambier, you can refresh, reconnect, and find time for personal inquiry in morning and evening meditations and one-on-one conversations with course leaders. 

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