2023 Collegeville Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop
Jointly Sponsored by Wabash Center & Collegeville Institute

Breaking the Academic Mold: Liberating the Powerful, Personal Voice Inside You

Event Dates

Monday, July 10, 2023 to Sunday, July 16, 2023

Gathering Location

Lake Junaluska, NC

Leadership Team

Sophfronia Scott
Director of the MFA in Creative Writing
Alma College

Donald Quist
Director of the MFA in Writing
Vermont College of Fine Arts

Instructions for Leaders


Roy Whitaker, San Diego State University
Sarah Dees, Iowa State University
Julie Meadows, Presbyterian College
Nicholas A. Elder, University of Dubuque
Michael Brandon, University of Louisville
Samantha Miller, Whitworth University
Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Iliff School of Theology

For More Information, Please Contact:
Sarah Farmer, Associate Director
Wabash Center 


Each participant will be provided with travel expenses, meals, lodging, and a stipend of $1500.


This writing workshop is for scholars of religion and theology who have written exclusively or primarily in the scholarly genre for other scholars of religion but long to share their knowledge or personal experience in a more creative way with a wider audience. Many scholars yearn to speak to a broader audience through creative nonfiction, blogs, op-eds, and memoir. Many scholars want to write with more clarity and imagination. Participants in this workshop will develop their writing voice in service to topics they care about, and for which they have passion and curiosity. A combination of plenary, small group and individual instruction, our week together will help scholars free the creative spirit, structure their writing more effectively, and speak on the page in a truer, more engaging voice. Our focus will be on releasing the professors’ voice to the public square, giving permission to be imaginative, and finding new ways of being inspired.

No previous experience publishing in creative writing genres is needed.

Workshop Goals

  • To create a collaborative learning cohort of teacher-scholars to expand and deepen scholarly writing
  • To navigate the intersecting challenges of creative writing as an academic  
  • To develop new practices of creative writing in the service of teaching and scholarship of religion and theology  
  • To explore strategies for the authentic voice while thriving in institutional, political and personal contexts 
  • To write and receive feedback while also being in conversation with other creative writers

Participant Eligibility

  • Tenure track, continuing term, and/or full-time contingency teaching full time in college, university, or seminary
  • Must be teaching in religion and theology or related fields
  • Job description or contract that is wholly or primarily inclusive of teaching 
  • Teaching in accredited college, university, seminary in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada 
  • Personal commitment to participate fully in workshop with 100% attendance in all sessions
  • Little to no experience with publishing in creative genres, but great interest in learning to write in creative genre


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