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JANUARY 17-20, 2025

A Time Together, A Time Apart

 Maranatha Writers exists to build Christ's church by fostering the development of Christian women writers through transformational biblical teaching, worship, and fellowship in order to serve God and others through our call to write. 


Maranatha Writers Retreat

Maranatha Writers Retreat 


We provide women

a powerful learning environment

at our beautiful

conference center

We engage female writers

in new and compelling ways by encouraging the integration of faith

and writing

 We focus on the Christian woman writer in an intimate community so writing flows from a place of deep purpose grounded in Christ

We facilitate discipleship through small groups, one-on-ones, and encouraging relationships to continue through our social media communities

Ann Swindell

Meet our Keynote Speaker

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Meet our keynote speaker, Ann Swindell, the owner of Writing with Grace, where she teaches Christ-centered writing courses for women. Ann is a published author who holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and an MA in Writing. Ann will be leading three speaking and workshop sessions around writing as Witness, Worship and Wonder. 

Learn more about Ann and her work here.

Our Retreat Presenters

Catherine McNiel

Retreat Chaplain & Breakout Speaker

Meet our Retreat Chaplain, Catherine McNiel. Catherine is a published author, speaker and chaplain working toward her Master of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. Catherine will be leading us in morning devotionals, she will be our Sunday worship speaker, and she will be leading three breakout sessions around Soul Care for the Writer. 


Learn more about Catherine and her work here. 

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Katie S. Williams

Breakout Speaker

Katie S. Williams is an editor and story and heart coach who helps women authors craft adventurous tales of authentic faith, both on and off the page. She will be leading three breakout sessions for fiction writers on Finding and Refining the Heart of Your Story.

Learn More about Katie and her work here

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Kate Motaung

Breakout Speaker

Kate Motaung is an author and editor who loves to support and encourage Christian writers as they use the gifts they’ve been given for God’s glory. She will be leading three breakout sessions on Sharing Your Story Through Memoir and Devotional Writing. 

Learn More about Kate and her work here

Riley Christensen

Worship Leader

Meet our Worship Leader, Riley Christensen. Riley has been a part of the Maranatha Praise Band for the past two summers and we are so excited to have her with us this weekend. We will all be blessed by her gift of music. She is currently on the worship team at Cornerstone University. 

Learn more about Riley here. 

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Shayne Moore

Director, Maranatha Writer's Retreat

Meet our Director, Shayne Moore. Shayne is a summer resident of Maranatha and the author of five books including Women@Halftime: A Guide to Reigniting Dreams and Finding Renewed Joy and Purpose in Your Next Season. She considers it a life mission to invite women to use their voices for Christ and his Kingdom. 

Amy Hamilton

Prayer & Pilates Instructor

Amy is the owner of The Pilates Studio in downtown Muskegon, Michigan, and has been training and teaching pilates for almost 20 years. She believes pilates is for everybody. Come as you are and be renewed in her very special Prayer & Pilates sessions. 

Learn more about Amy here.

Publishing Professional Panel

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For questions or sponsorship opportunities contact Shayne Moore, Director of Maranatha Writers Retreat.

On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan join us and be spiritually renewed.

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