I am happy to have been invited by the Catholic Writer's Guild to contribute a few talks to their first-ever retreat for writers. This is going to be a great escape in a lovely setting. Come bring a manuscript you are working on, or start on one! Imagine what you and God can write together! There will be talks, Mass, adoration, critique sessions, and more. Come mix and mingle with other Catholic writers and publishers -- or hide out and writewritewrite to your heart's content! Take time to be alone with God, with an opportunity to be refreshed by Word and Sacrament! This is interior development for your career development!
Here's a preview of my talks:
1. Psalm 119 for Writers: "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path." (Ps 119:105.)
Psalm 119, the longest in the Psalter, praises God and offers timely instructions to live by. This talk unpacks selected verses from this psalm as a devotional foundation for the retreat by offering inspirational delight and counsel for the writer's interior life. Writing prompts for personal journaling will be suggested.
2. Encouraging Words: What the Church says about writers, their craft, and the creative life.
This talk celebrates the role of Catholic writers and their call to put the divine spark of creativity into action for the sake of the Church and the world. This talk draws on the words and catechesis of John Paul II's Letter to Artists and Benedict XVI's Verbum Domini.
3. Hope - in theory and practice: "I have placed my hope in your word." (Ps 119: 74, 84, 114, 147.)
The theme of hope resounds in Psalm 119 and elsewhere in Scripture. This talk offers insights and practical tips for overcoming discouragement or setbacks by growing and nurturing hope in the writing life.
A team of other presenters will round out the experience.
A full brochure is here. (.pdf)
The full schedule is here. (.pdf)
The retreat house website is here.
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