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February 16-19, 2024

Maranatha Writers Retreat 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 effectively through our call to write.

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

Maranatha Writers Retreat

Ann Swindell

Meet our Keynote Speaker

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Ann Swindell is the owner of Writing with Grace, where she teaches Christ-centered writing courses for women from across the world. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and an MA in Writing, and previously taught writing courses at Wheaton College, her alma mater. Ann now lives in West Michigan with her family and has authored two books: The Path to Peace: Experiencing God’s Comfort When You’re Overwhelmed and Still Waiting. She writes for many ministries, including Well-Watered Women, Risen Motherhood, and The Gospel Coalition. You can connect with her at


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


"We love attending as it boasts amazing speakers, great workshops, good food, and a one-block walk to Lake Michigan beach (a great place to go to just unwind and relax during these bustling several days)."

-Taylor University Professional Writing Major

"Absolutely love every year we spend at Maranatha! Love the speakers, kids programs, activities, food and so much more. It’s a great place for refreshing and relaxation."

-Jennifer Moore Yordy

"Our family has vacationed at Maranatha for three summers now. We have loved our time together there...We have never been to a place quite like it! We love Maranatha."

-Samantha Krieger

Writing doesn't have to be isolating.

You're invited to fellowship with other writers

and be spiritually renewed.

Programming Coming Soon!  


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

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