Breathe Christian Writers Conference is for writers by writers who care about words and relationships. We love to connect writers with vital tools for their craft, but also with fellow writers. After all, God never intended us to travel alone.

Conference Info

Conference Info

The Breathe Christian Writers Conference will return October 6 and 7, 2017 for our eleventh annual conference. Mark your calendars now to join us for a weekend of developing your craft and connecting with other writers. We’re happy to welcome Leslie Leyland Fields as our keynote speaker.




We’re so looking forward to you joining us for our eleventh Breathe Conference! Plan on October 6 & 7, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to hear from keynote speaker Leslie Leyland Fields as well as a full line-up of authors and industry professionals.

Holiday Registration is live now! Don’t miss out on the best deal we can offer, starting at just $120. Give yourself the gift of inspiration and encouragement this year. We can’t wait to see you this fall.


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  • Speakers & Sessions
  • Planning Committee
  • Keynote Speaker

Untitled design (17)The Breathe Conference features thirty breakout sessions led by industry professionals. Our smaller conference size means you get to mix and mingle with the breakout session leaders and keynote speaker.

All speakers will be available for you to meet with for one-on-one appointments. Be sure to sign up for a time slot when you register.

Learn about our Keynote speaker and his sessions on the Keynote Speaker page. Check out the line up of sessions and speakers on the Breakout & Speakers page. You don’t want to miss Breathe 2016!


The 2016 Breathe Planning Committee. Photo by Wendy Swenson.

The 2016 Breathe Planning Committee. Photo by Wendy Swenson.

We are delighted that Breathe has grown far beyond the Writers Guild. While Guild members remain active in the planning and execution of the conference, we have tapped into many talented writers who use their gifts to help us create a conference that is more than we ever dreamed possible.

Leslie Leyland Fields Breathe 2017


We are thrilled to have Leslie Leyland Fields joining us for Breathe 2017. Flying in all the way from Kodiak Island, Alaska, Leslie will be presenting two keynote addresses for us. Click here for her website!

Leslie is the author/editor of ten books. Her most recent is Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas. She also writes for Christianity Today, Books and Culture, her.meneutics, InTouch, and the award-winning Wordserve Watercooler. She teaches university-level classes and workshops, and runs a professional writing business.

Her previous books include Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom from Hate and Hurt (Thomas Nelson, 2014). The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, Hooked! True Stories of Obsession, Death and Love from Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Men and Women, Parenting is Your Highest Calling…and Eight Other Myths (Waterbrook), Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, Out on the Deep Blue (St. Martin’s), The Entangling Net: Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives (Univ. of Illinois Press) and The Water Under Fish (poetry).

Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, Polish, Korean and German and reviewed in the (London) Times Literary Supplement, The Chicago Tribune, the Utne Reader, Sports Illustrated for Women, The Portland Oregonian, The Seattle Times, Women and Health, Oregon Review, and many others.

Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, Books and Culture, Best Essays Northwest, Christianity Today, It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters, On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors, A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild, America and the Sea: A Maritime History, and many others.

Her poetry has appeared in The Seattle Review, the Bellingham Review, the Northern Review, Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes, and many more.


I liked the breadth of the topics presented. As a new writer, it was encouraging to leave the conference with practical steps forward that I can now take, and also just to be around other people who are like-hearted. I found the atmosphere to be supportive and not competitive. I would definitely suggest Breathe to the other writers that I know.

2015 Attendee