Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner

Each year Collegeville Institute hosts a summer full of writing workshops. It’s tough to get in. I applied two years ago. Nope. Only twelve writers, from across the United States and Canada, are accepted to each ten day workshop. All expenses paid.

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner


This year, Lauren Winner is teaching a workshop entitled, “Revision, Christian Spirituality, and the Writing Life.” She’s asking for writers who have full length manuscripts ready to go. It looked fabulous and I spent a week filling in, tweaking and rewriting the requested forms: Curriculum Vitae, Precis, Application, What Interests Me in the Workshop, Writing Samples, Something About Myself. And then, per usual, I waited. And waited. To hear back.

I just received an email … I’m going to Collegeville 2017!!

I’m so grateful! The email was a real boost to my writing. I ordered Lauren’s book Mudhouse Sabbath which is full of sage teachings on places where Christians can learn from Jewish traditions. And I got her newest book (I love the title!)  Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting GodLauren teaches at Duke Divinity School. What a joy to be able to sit under her teaching.

Since the class is focusing on full-length manuscripts, my goal is to have my manuscript ready to take to Collegeville. It’s about 80 – 90% complete. So I know what I am going to be doing the next three months!  Collegeville prep here I come!

This year, Collegeville is turning 50.  Since 1967, Collegeville Institute has been “exploring faith, igniting imagination, and renewing community.” And now, they are celebrating. I love learning about writing. Thank you, Collegeville, for giving me this opportunity!

Happy 50th!! I’m glad to be celebrating with you. 


Jill Kandel
  • Kelly Greer
    Posted at 15:21h, 06 March Reply

    So excited for you Jill! Looking forward to hearing about the experience. And wanting to read her books. I am intrigued! I have been thinking about you and the ladies from our Lake Michigan Writems Retreat a lot lately. You are such an inspiration and I am so grateful to have spent a,week with you there. Blessings to you❤

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 18:30h, 06 March Reply

      Thank you, Kelly! Meeting other writers is one of the best things about attending writing conferences! I think of the Lake Michigan Writers often. What a warm and lovely week that was together!

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