Guideposts' Writers Workshop: Is This Your Year?

Apply to the Guideposts Writers Workshop and join our family of writers

Posted in , Mar 14, 2022

Guideposts editors and contest winners at the 2018 Writers Workshop

Are you a born storyteller? Do you want to help Guideposts inspire millions of people? Every two years, we select a small group of writers to learn from Guideposts editors how to write for our magazines, website, devotionals, books, newsletters and other publications and platforms. This could be your year!

Debbie Macomber
       Debbie Macomber

Send us a true, first-person story plus a cover letter telling us about yourself and any previous writing experience. If you have a blog, vlog or social media following, let us know. The applicants who show the greatest potential to become contributing content creators will work with our editors during an intensive week of instruction and story development this fall. The workshop class of 2020 is already contributing to our publications and website. Make this the year you join them!

The Writers Workshop is sponsored by best-selling author Debbie Macomber. “I’ve kept journals all my life,” she says. “Not long ago, I found a spiral notebook from 1977. On the first page, it said, ‘Since the greatest desire of my life is to become a writer, I’ll start with the pages of this journal.’ Putting those words down was the beginning.” Today there are some 200 million copies of Debbie’s books in print.

Spend a week with us at the Guideposts Writers Workshop and we’ll train you to become a contributing content creator for our many publications and platforms. We’re looking for true first-person stories about everyday people, not sermons, essays or testimonials. It can be your own story or something you’ve written for someone else. Selected candidates will spend the week of October 10–14, 2022, working directly with editors in a live online workshop.

Guideposts workshopper Tonya Advent
Tonya Avent: The workshop was a defining point in my writing career. The mentoring by editors and collaboration with other workshoppers taught me how to tell spiritual stories that encourage and inspire readers.
Guideposts workshopper John Haney
John Haney: Touching the lives of Guideposts readers has been a dream of mine for decades. The Writers Workshop made it a reality.
Guideposts workshopper Roberta Messner
Roberta Messner: The workshop transformed me from an amateur storyteller into a professional who has contributed to Guideposts
publications and for more than 30 years. Editors invested not just in my writing dreams but also in me.
2018 Guideposts workshopper Diane Stark
Diane Stark: The workshop is the best thing that’s ever happened in my writing career. I learned so much, had a blast and made great friends.


HOW TO ENTER: Submit an original, unpublished true first-person story of up to 1,500 words, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed you (or the person you’re writing for). Show us how faith made a difference. Study our magazines to get a sense of our unique storytelling format. In your cover letter, tell us about yourself and any previous writing experience. Be sure to include your full contact information. Submissions by e-mail only to [email protected]. Deadline to submit is June 30, 2022. We acknowledge selected applicants only. Writers who have attended previous Guideposts workshops are not eligible.

Please note: Only email entries are being accepted this year. If you submitted an entry via postal mail, please resubmit to [email protected] by the end of June.

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