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:
- Create new work every day, using prompts and other exercises from your morning seminar to hone your message and become fluent in using multiple writing forms, including the blog, op-ed, essay, and historical forms from the Jewish and Christian traditions that can be enrich contemporary writing.
- Devote yourself to solo writing in a block of time set aside for independent work in the afternoon.
- Share your writing in faculty-led groups and receive valuable feedback.
- Learn more about using social media in your ministry in daily late-afternoon workshops, offered at three different experience levels.
- Develop the freedom and expressiveness of your writing voice in evening masterclasses and lectures.
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.