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Welcome to the Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat

Blue Lake Camp, Andalusia, AL

Come away with us to a quiet place …

Where you can learn from award-winning writers and teachers who will show you how to develop your God-given gift of writing. Blue Lake is a peaceful setting nestled in the Conecuh National Forest beside a tranquil lake. Join us this spring to feed your spirit, soul, and mind with stirring praise and worship, inspiring motivational messages, and enlightening instruction.

At Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat, you’ll experience the benefits of a large writers’ conference, but on a more personal level. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced writer, interested in fiction or nonfiction, our faculty of seasoned professionals can teach you how to improve your writing skills, market your work, and get published.

Choose from morning continuing classes and afternoon workshops, which offer a range of information about various aspects of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the faculty in one-on-one appointments and discuss your writing goals.

All of this training and networking with other writers, plus lodging for three nights and breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be yours for an amazing, affordable price.

Reserve your place at Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat now, because space is limited. Find a friend to share the experience with you and share a room. Register now to develop your gift!

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)


Hi Blue Lakers,

In accordance with the health mandate to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus, Blue Lake has postponed all events. That means we cannot have our retreat this month as planned.

However, Blue Lake has offered to let us reschedule to one of their open dates later this year so we would not lose our deposit. Therefore, I have rescheduled the retreat for Oct. 28-31 this year. I hope those dates work out for you to attend. I have checked with our faculty and they are pretty confident they can be available those dates, so I am keeping the same schedule as before. There might be some changes, but we’ll do our best to offer the same classes, workshops and appts. as we would have had this month.

We have received and judged your contest entries, so we plan to award those winners at the October retreat. If you do not want to or can’t participate and want to withdraw your entry, let me know.

Some of you have sent your work to the faculty for critiques. They can still do that for you if you’re interested.

While we won’t have spring flowers, we should still have some nice fall temperatures in October. I hope you all can come then. I am so sorry we have to cancel, but you’re probably getting used to this stuff now and have had other things cancelled as well. I know I have.

I hope those of you flying in can transfer your flights to the October dates. Some airlines are refunding flights, but others like Delta are only allowing transfers.

I really hope to see you all in October.

Please pray that this virus stops spreading, that God will protect us from catching it, that those who have it will heal, and that our lives can return to normal.

Marilyn Turk, Director

New for 2020


How to Sell 1000 Books in Three Months.

This class will show authors how to increase the sales of their books through savvy marketing techniques. Susan sold over 5000 copies of her book, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates, in fourteen months. In this workshop, Susan will teach the strategies she used in the pre-publication foundation and post-publication marketing strategies, so your book sales will soar.
Taught by Susan U. Neal. Cost $50.

“I attended the How to Sell 1000 Books class and it was awesome! I’m blown away at all the practical info!  Cannot wait to get started on my marketing plans and update my book proposal to reflect my very doable plan.”  –  Marilyn Turk, Author/Speaker

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Book Idea
  • Target Market
  • Reader Benefit
  • Passionate Personal Story
  • Writing Craft
  • Top-Notch Editor
  • Book Cover
  • Book Reviews
  • Social Media
  • Develop Industry Relationships
  • Media Kit
  • Marketing—publish articles, guest blog posts, and be interviewed for podcasts.
  • Marketing Ads
  • Book Stores
  • Contests
  • Audiobook
  • Large Print or Mega Book
  • Next Steps
  • Attendees will create a six-month marketing plan

Additional new class information coming soon!

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Ministers attending
Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat
will receive one CEU credit!

Great introduction to the Christian writing world and how to begin navigating it. Grateful for exposure to resources like Word Weavers writing groups and publishers that invite you to send book proposals and encourage you in an intimate non-overwhelming setting.

Carol McCracken
Blue Lake’s relaxed atmosphere offers opportunities that can be lost in larger conferences: quiet opportunities to connect with other writers, agents, and publishers in deeper, more meaningful ways that create abiding friendships and a lasting support network.
Felicia Ferguson

Because of the relationships formed at BLCWR, I have found an invaluable critique group and direction in my writing. The education and training provided by the instructors offer an insight to the industry that new writers may not discover on their own. BLCWR is a great event for all levels.

Michelle Ruschman, Contributing Writer for GO! Christian Magazine

While I expected BLCWR to be educational, I was amazed at the encouragement and confirmation which I received as a result of my attendance. Writing can be a trying pursuit filled with rejections, lengthy waits for responses, etc., but learning that our writing is a calling from God and that fellow believers who are writers are there to help us along this service path was a spiritual boost.

Alice H. Murray

My experience at the Blue Lake Writer’s Conference was all that I had hoped for and more!! The speakers were very knowledgeable and informative, the topics were helpful, and the setting was gorgeous.

Jan LeMaster

You can get lost in the crowds of a large conference, but Blue Lake offers all the good stuff in a smaller, more intimate setting, which is absolutely gorgeous! Conference leaders have time to spend with you, and you are there with other writers who are eager to share their knowledge and resources, and celebrate your successes. Awesome worship kept us focused on why we write and Whom we serve.

Sherri Stone

This writers’ retreat is one of the highlights of my year. The setting, the schedule, the faculty, the participants are all great reasons to attend. But the word I would choose to describe it is encouragement. And what writer doesn’t need a little more of that?

Dottie Lovelady Rogers

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