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The Writing with Grace Retreat is centered on the truth that all that we have to offer and share with others stems from knowing the love of Christ in our own lives.

As we abide in Christ, we are able to write from a place of peace and purpose, knowing that our words matter in light of eternity because they are grounded in Truth.

During the Writing with Grace Retreat, you will spend time learning from experts in the publishing industry, participate in writing prompts and exercises to spur your creativity, spend time with other writers, and still your heart before the Lord. If you are interested, you will have the opportunity to pitch your book idea to an agent or editor.


The ministry of Writing with Grace was founded in 2015 by Ann Swindell, a writer, speaker, and the author of Still Waiting (Tyndale, 2017). Hundreds of students from around the globe have taken Ann’s faith-based writing courses, and out of these classes, a desire was born for an in-person retreat where like-hearted writers could meet and learn, together, about the calling of being a writer. Thus, the Writing with Grace Retreat was born.

Come and join us for a life-giving weekend full of hope, truth, and practical wisdom for the writing life. This is an all-inclusive weekend, so once you get to the retreat center, you won’t have to worry about a thing—meals, sessions, lodging, and even gifts will all be taken care of for you!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for Christian women, ages 18+, who want to grow in their love for Christ and in their ability to write powerfully and well. 

What is the purpose of this retreat?

The goal of this retreat is to help women connect more deeply to the Lord, one another, and their personal calling as writers. It's also going to be a weekend full of writing education and insight, plus a time of refreshment, rest, and diving in to the art and joy of writing with Christ at the center. This is a writer's dream weekend!

Do I have to be a "serious" writer to attend?

This retreat is for writers of all levels--whether you're ready to pitch your book to one of the attending editors or if you're just starting your writing journey! Each woman will have time to work on individual writing prompts, learn from experts in the industry, and rest in God's presence with like-hearted friends. No matter where you are in your calling as a writer, you're welcome here!

What is included in the ticket price?

The Writing with Grace Retreat is all-inclusive, which means that after you purchase your ticket, all you have to do is get here! Your lodging, meals, entrance to talks, access to editors, and optional one-on-one meeting with an editor or literary agent are all included in the cost of your ticket. Plus, you'll receive a swag bag and some fun surprises along the way. Once you arrive, you won't have to worry about a single detail! Whew!

How do I sign up for a one-on-one meeting with an editor or literary agent?

Once you purchase your ticket, you will have the opportunity to request a slot with the editor or agent of your choice. These meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis, and spots are limited, so don't wait to sign up!

Can I choose my roommate?

Sure! If you're attending with a friend, just let us know when you check out and put the name of the woman you'd like to room with. We're happy to oblige!

Can I bring my infant with me?

No. Due to the insurance requirements at our retreat center, infants are unable to stay at the center.

What about getting to the retreat center?

Travel arrangements will need to be made on your own, but we will have a retreat Facebook group where you can find other women to carpool with and will share information about shuttles that are available from local airports.

What airport should I fly into?

Both O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport in Chicago are within easy driving distance to the retreat center (30-45 minutes). Either one is a great choice!

Is my ticket refundable if my plans change?

Due to the nature of securing a retreat center and speakers, tickets are nonrefundable, but they are transferrable! If, for some reason, you can't attend the retreat, you can transfer your ticket to another attendee who will be able to purchase it from you. Just reach out to us at WritingwithGraceCourse@gmail.com if you're transferring a ticket.

I have another question that's not answered here.

No problem! Just reach out to us at WritingwithGraceCourse@gmail.com and ask. We're here to help!