On June 21-27, 2018, a group of writers gathered at the Collegeville Institute for A Broader Public: Writing for the Online Audience, with the Editors of Religion Dispatches. Lisa Webster and Evan Derkacz, editors at Religion Dispatches, led the group of pastors, academics, faith leaders, and activists through a weeklong exploration of the role of religious voices in a pluralistic society.
As a group, participants discussed the art and science of writing online commentary and opinion while sharing and critiquing each other’s work. Participants focused on how to engage skillfully and persuasively in larger conversations about social justice, global ethics, politics, pop culture, and the health of the planet. In addition, writers learned tips on how to pitch their work to publications, reaching new and larger audiences.
Ashley O’Mara tweeted about her experience from the airport: “I’m already seeing results from #mycollegeville writing workshop with @RDispatches: I wrote a letter to the editor in the time it took for my first flight to make its final descent. I didn’t know I could do that.”