Writing a Religious Book – Writing to Inspire

Share your passion for writing with others and explore the world of inspirational writing. When you take this online workshop, you’ll use Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins to learn how to write a christian book that will encourage others. Regardless of genre, you will discover how spiritual and religious writing can make an impact on your readers and how to use inspirational writing prompts for motivation. Take readers with you on your journey and share your passion for writing. There is no instructor for this workshop. You will not receive feedback on assignments. You may review the lessons and exercises on your own schedule.



Required Reading:

Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins

Workshop Length:

6 weeks

Start Date:

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  • The basics of inspirational, spiritual, and religious writing
  • How to maintain motivation
  • Effective ways to incorporate details into a scene
  • To identify the right markets for your inspirational writing
  • How to write a query letter and tips for submitting your manuscript

Who should take this workshop:

  • Writers of all genres looking to inspire others through inspirational and spiritual writing
  • Individuals with a strong desire to empower others through uplifting stories and articles



Session One: Motivate Yourself to Motivate Others

  • Why write?
  • How do you decide what to write?
  • What kinds of inspirational/spiritual/religious writing forms are there?
  • What are the markets for religious/spiritual writing of every kind?
  • How to stay motivated to write. How to stay inspired.

Session Two: Person Plus Objective Equals Drama

  • Create characters or write about real people with an eye to the drama of their situations or use dramatic techniques in producing the essay or how-to.

Session Three: Set the “Scene” With Research and Firm Details

  • Investigate any background or topic you intend to include. When you sit down to write, do a setup early on for everything you say. Let readers understand what they’re about to read so they can be in a receptive mindset.

Session Four: Pacing and Arc in Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Everything in life has a natural rhythm, including stories and articles, novels and other types of books. How do you know if your pacing is right on, or if you need to improve the work’s structure? What about plot, or the insertion and development of ideas in nonfiction?

Session Five: Take a Page From the Writings of Established Inspirational Authors

  • Writers who manage to inspire in both fiction and nonfiction avoid preaching but rather demonstrate what sets them on fire. They write with honesty about their doubts as well as their moments of clarity and show a careful respect for the intelligence and integrity of their audience. The lesson will cite a number of front-line inspirational authors and their writing, explaining how what they say to readers or in their stories works.

Session Six: Polish and Redraft and Seek Publication

  • In any writing, redrafting is key. Always put your best foot forward. Get feedback from more than your friends, if you can. Find a critique partner, perhaps, or a group. Maybe have a spiritual mentor read your work. Research markets. Write a query letter. Format the manuscript properly and, finally, send out the piece.

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