A note from the workshop leaders:
In our years as editors of Religion Dispatches, the internet’s premier forum for thoughtful discussion of religion in the public sphere, we have watched as a new generation of public theologians begins to emerge in American churches, testing their voices in the clamorous world of digital journalism and news media.
In this weeklong workshop, we will address the challenges and rewards of writing beyond the pulpit, thinking together about the role of religious voices in a pluralistic society.
We will explore the art and science of writing online commentary and opinion, sharing and critiquing one another’s work as we go. In particular, we will focus on how to engage skillfully and persuasively in larger conversations about social justice, global ethics, politics, pop culture, and the health of the planet.
And, of course, we will give you tips on how to get your writing to a new and larger audience.
Evan Derkacz, co-editor of Religion Dispatches, helped develop and launch the magazine in 2007. Before that he was a writer and editor for AlterNet, an award-winning news magazine, and media editor for Tikkun magazine.
Lisa Webster has worked in both print and online media, from New York’s Paper Magazine to Tricycle, a quarterly on Buddhism in America. She was managing editor at Word, a pioneering internet publication now archived at the Museum of Modern Art. Since 2008 she has been co-editor of Religion Dispatches.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Collegeville Institute and Religion Dispatches.
The Collegeville Institute will cover travel expenses to and from the workshop, all workshop fees, and room and board. Those who join the workshop will be expected to reside at the Collegeville Institute throughout the entire week. Participants may share apartment space, though each person will be assigned a private bedroom. The program is limited to 12 participants.
For me, the one-on-one consultation was one of the most valuable aspects of the whole workshop. Evan and Lisa are both excellent listeners and have much practical advice to offer.
—participant in “A Broader Public: Writing for the Online Audience, with the Editors of Religion Dispatches,” Summer 2015
The application deadline for this workshop has passed.