Imagine a Bootcamp for your Writing

Do you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry? 

Turn your ideas into reality with MFA-style workshops, 

engaging speakers, and one-on-one feedback from editors and agents.

What will you create?

Writers Moved by Faith

Scriptoria is a collaboration between three Christian traditions with Aquinas College, Calvin University, and Cornerstone University professors. 

MFA-Style Workshops

Morning workshops, industry-level feedback, writing instruction, and evening readings. 

Get Credit for Your Work With Scriptoria's Awards
and Micro-Credentials

Awards

We offer awards for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!

Curious about submitting? 

Find more info and the submission guidelines on our Awards page!

Micro-Creds

Microcredentials are awarded for participating in short, innovative, skills-based learning experiences. 

These allow learners to add value to their career and validate their workshop experience. The microcredentials are authenticated with a virtual “badge.”

One-on-One's

One-on-one's are brief, scheduled meetings with editors or agents. 

Do you have questions for an editor?

Are you wondering about an agent?

Sign up for a one-on-one!

A Week Packed With Soul Care

Scriptoria is a week-long writing workshop that focuses on writing craft, creative soul care, editing, and genre. Each day is filled with valuable workshops, lessons, and community. 

Scriptoria 2024 will be from June 10-14.
Curious about our schedule? Check it out here: 

Explore Grand Rapids

Located at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Scriptoria provides a cozy space for learning, writing, and reflection.

Gary Schmidt

Award-Winning Faculty

Scriptoria features lessons and writing instruction from award-winning writers like Gary D. Schmidt, Daniel Nayeri, and L.S. Klatt, as well as professors of writing from Calvin, Cornerstone, and Aquinas. 

2024 Speaker Lineup:

Neal Plantinga

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (aka Neal Plantinga) is a Christian writer, speaker, and preacher. 

Formerly President of Calvin Theological Seminary in Michigan, he is now Senior Research Fellow in the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. 

Three of his six books have been named Book of the Year by Christianity Today. He is ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Amanda Hope Haley

Has a bachelor of arts in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and a master of theological studies in Hebrew Scripture and Interpretation from Harvard University. 

She writes and podcasts as the Red-Haired Archaeologist, bringing readers and listeners on her journeys to understand artifacts that can contextualize Scripture. 

She contributed to The Voice Bible as a translator, writer, and editor; and she has been a content editor and ghost writer for popular Christian authors. 

Daniel Nayeri

His award-winning 2020 autobiographical novel Everything Sad Is Untrue has been on several “best book” lists, including those of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Publisher’s Weekly. 

After finding asylum in Oklahoma, 12-year-old Khosrou, who later became Daniel, entered the educational system as a refugee and the target of bullies. 

Following his education, Nayeri served as a publisher at Odd Dot, a children’s publishing group at McMillan Publishers. 

See the full lineup here:

Five Benefits from My First Experience at Scriptoria
By Kevin Washburn, author of Uprise: Building Resilience in Ourselves & Others

Identity: I began to think of myself as a writer—not just a guy who did some writing on the side.

 

Feedback: Input from fellow writers and professional editors influenced my thinking and writing as I returned to it during and after the event.

 

Camaraderie: Some of the individuals I encountered have become occasional mentors for me, and some have become friends who I follow and cheer as they continue in their own writing.

 

Knowledge: Learning how to develop a proposal and “above the fold” text, for example, is know-how I have used several times since.

 

Confidence: I left feeling like I had something worthwhile to say in my writing, and I also had the ability to make it happen.

Workshops can be intense

Whether it's your first workshop or you're an experienced pro, workshops can be vulnerable and intimidating. For tips on both giving and receiving feedback, check out our workshop tips and survival guide!

Take your writing to the next level

Register now for Scriptoria 2024 and see where your work could take you!

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