2023 Professional Writing and Design Intensive

Presented by Reclaim Today and the Association for Biblical Higher Education

30 students. Experience of a lifetime.

✍️ Grow in professional writing or design skills

🙏 Discover how to apply your faith to your career goals 

🧑🏽‍🎓 Pad your résumé with a professional development certificate

☄️ Learn how to make a difference in the lives of others

🌅 Hang out in Orlando, Florida in February (yes, please!)

🎉 Have your work featured on Reclaim Today (and be seen by our audience of 100k+) 

🙌 Have direct access to the Reclaim Today Team

Who's Eligible?

Glad you asked. College students from ABHE institutions, so click here to find out if your school is eligible. Application required (see below). Students will be chosen based on their aptitude for professional writing or design, their career goals, and their spiritual leadership on campus.

Only 30 spots are available. Applications close December 2, 2022. Accepted students will be notified by January 9, 2023. 

Application Closed

Event Details

When: February 15-17, 2023

Where: Orlando, FL

Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 (Travel and Onsite Costs are Covered)

Cost: $100

$100 paid by you + $100 paid by your institution (more details upon acceptance)

Meet Your Hosts

Brenna Holsclaw

Brenna Holsclaw is the word worker, or Content Manager, for Reclaim Today. Her workdays are full of her favorite things: reading, writing, and learning more about Jesus. She has a background in English with a Master's in Literacy Studies. Brenna lives in Michigan with her husband, three boys, and a handful of pets who have the punniest names. In her free time, you'll find her consuming copious amounts of coffee, hunting for fancy mushrooms, and getting caught in weird Wikipedia blackholes.

Katharine Watson

Kat Watson is a designer who graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design. During her time at KCAD, she studied under fashion photographer, Romeo Di Loreto, in Florence, Italy. Later, she enjoyed studying traditional art forms, such as printmaking and illustration. Nominated for silver and bronze Addy awards, Kat is a skilled designer with an eye for detail that goes beyond the limits of a screen. On the side, she is recording her first EP in Franklin, Tennessee. If not designing, you will find Kat enjoying a Michigan summer, creating music, or sharing a meal with friends.

Intensive Objectives

Writing Workshop

  • Discover how to combine your writing craft with spiritual growth and development.
  • Explore how to find inspiration and overcome both spiritual and writing blocks.
  • Learn the specialized craft of writing for a Christian audience in their 20s and 30s, and how to maintain your voice while still meeting organizational expectations.
  • Study writing conversationally and concisely, but with substance, implementing structure, voice, credibility, and purpose for each piece.
  • Walk away with practical ways to move forward in your writing career and pieces that can be published professionally.

Design Workshop

  • Learn how to combine your design skills with spiritual growth and development.
  • Practice creating user-centered designs that tell compelling stories in a digital world.
  • Study basic design principles and real-world tips and tricks to create scroll-stopping work, ready to be published professionally.
  • Hone in on your God-given creative giftings and learn how to design with confidence.
  • Become adept at art critiques and communicating your design ideas with interpersonal skills and professionalism that can be applied in the real world.

Frequently Asked Questions

While these workshops don’t count as college credit, they will look great on a resume! They also offer opportunities to put what you’re learning in college into practice, and to learn directly from professionals in your chosen field.

Bring your laptop, charger, a notebook, and snacks to share. (Just kidding about the snacks. But if you did, Watermelon Sour Patch Kids are our fave.)

For writers: any word processing software, like Microsoft Word or Google Docs will do the trick!

For designers, here’s helpful software to have:

Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
Canva (free!)

Your $100 contribution, paid to your institution, will cover everything (except snacks in the mini-bar and any day trips to Disney). ABHE will handle lodging, and you’ll have a stipend for meals. Contact your institution for questions about payment. And if you don’t know who to contact from your institution, maybe start with a professor or advisor!

It’s a good idea to have 1-2 business casual outfits packed (a nicer shirt/dress, and dark jeans or khakis) for dinners in the evening.

But, during our workshop days, you can dress casually (jeans, sweaters, t-shirts), but no sweatpants, tank tops, or kilts, please. Also, it is Florida, so leave your parkas behind!


Application Closed

The application for the 2023 workshop is closed. Check back next year for the 2024 workshop application!

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