Thimbleberries were not on my mind when I applied for a writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute. I wanted time set apart from the busyness and business of everyday life. I wanted a view of a lake, fenced-in by maple trees. I wanted to be in a community where I felt the ease of saying, Yes, I am a writer.
A feisty group of scholars, journalists, and pastor-writers just completed a writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute—A Broader Public: Writing on Religion for a Secular Audience—A Week with Religion Dispatches’ Editors and Author Elizabeth Drescher.