Are you ready to break out with your writing—to put your dreams and your calling into action? This is the first step!

You are invited to join us for one of three discernment retreats in the coming year. You are welcome to bring a guest with you.

Our first full-time class will start in the fall of 2021. These discernment retreats are our version of a campus visit. If you’re interested in being a full-time student at the School of Kingdom Writers beginning in 2021, this is your opportunity to learn more.

You’ll learn more about our program, experience a little bit of our culture, and engage in some fun activities to help you determine if SOKW is the right fit for you. We’ll also spend time talking about writing and publishing, and you’ll take home some valuable information for your writing journey.

There is no cost to you. We’ll even provide two meals on Saturday. All you need to do is get yourself to Zanesville, Ohio by 7pm on Friday evening. We’ll break by noon on Sunday.

If you intend to fly in, we can provide transportation to and from the airport, as well as transportation to and from your lodging.

We’ve provided some lodging options, but you’re also welcome to secure your own lodging or commute to Zanesville for the event.

Note that if you are deciding between SOKW and a traditional four-year university, you should consider coming to our September retreat and utilizing our early-acceptance deadline. This will allow you to receive and consider an offer from SOKW on the same timeline as a traditional college admissions process.

Ready to Register?

Choose your preferred date below. Note that the December retreat is a Virtual Retreat, you can access it from anywhere online.

What about COVID-19?

We will comply with all government directives regarding the COVID pandemic. Presently, Zanesville, Ohio has seen very little COVID activity, and there are no known restrictions against this type of gathering.

If you are sick or plan on becoming sick, please do not attend this event. If you are immuno-compromised, please carefully consider your participation at this time. We’ll also offer a Virtual Discernment Retreat in December in order to accommodate those who cannot attend in person at this time.

If the situation should change, we may modify the event to accommodate any new government orders and to promote the safety and well-being of all participants. We’ll communicate any changes to you as clearly as possible.


Tentative Schedule

We have three goals for the retreat. 1) To help you understand what a student experience at SOKW will be like. 2) To give you some writing guidance and instruction that you can begin implementing right away. 3) To make friends and enjoy the experience!

Friday Evening

We’ll get started at 7pm. This will be a small group, with no more than 50 people in attendance. We’ll take time to introduce ourselves.

We’ll spend some time Friday evening having some fun and worshiping the Lord.


Saturday will be a busy day. We’ll spend some time in worship and seeking God together in the morning.

We’ll make time in the morning for a writing exercise, and then in the evening, we’ll have a peer workshop. This will be similar to your experience at the school, and will help you to understand what kind of environment you’re signing up for.

Through the afternoon, we’ll do a professional development exercise, as well as spend time presenting about the school and answering your questions.

There will also be some guided prayer exercises throughout the day.

Sunday Morning

On Sunday morning we’ll have a miniature church service together. We’ll worship God, hear a brief teaching, and pray for one another.

We’ll end the morning with a Question & Answer period. This is your time to ask any remaining questions about the school or your experience over the weekend.

We’ll break by noon and everyone will head home better people.


We want to make this as easy as possible for you. You are welcome to find your own lodging or to commute to the event each day if you live close enough.

For those coming in from out of town who would like assistance, we have offered two options:

1. Stay with a host family. A trusted person in our local community will provide a place for you to stay. This costs $25, which is mostly just to make sure you’re serious about showing up.

2. Private hotel room. We’ll secure a group rate at a local hotel. This option costs $200. If you’re bringing a guest, we assume that you can share a room (two queen beds). If this is not the case, please contact us to make arrangements.

Both of these options are available when you sign up via EventBrite. You may also make your own lodging arrangements if you’d prefer. There are a number of great hotels, bed & breakfast, and AirBnB in the area.

We’ll provide transportation to and from the event each day, if needed.



If you intend to fly in, we’re happy to provide a shuttle from the Columbus airport (CMH). Note that the airport is approximately 1-hour drive time from Zanesville, Ohio.

This shuttle will leave the airport to head to Zanesville no later than 5pm. Please make sure that your flight will arive in time.

On Sunday, our shuttle will have you back to the airport no later than 1:30pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this retreat?

This retreat is for prospective students for our full-time class to begin in the fall of 2021. “Discernment Retreats” are our version of a campus visit. If you are interested in attending the School of Kingdom Writers full-time in the fall of 2021, please come.

At the retreat, you’ll learn more about the school, experience a little bit of our culture, and we’ll do some exercises to help you determine if SOKW is the right fit.

Do I need to attend a retreat to apply to the school?

No. This is a great opportunity to get to know us, and for us to get to know you, but it is not required. We understand that this is a big commitment, especially for adult applicants. But we do recommend attending.

How many people will attend?

The retreat is open to the first 24 registrants. You may bring a guest with you. So there could be up to 48 attendees.

Is there any cost?

There is no cost to attend, the retreat is completely free. You will, however, need to cover your travel and lodging costs to and from Zanesville, Ohio.

We’ll provide two meals on Saturday. Depending on your travel distance, you’ll likely want to purchase your Friday dinner before the event begins and your Sunday lunch after you depart.

Can I find my own lodging?

Yes! You are free to find your own lodging.

We have offered two lodging options to make things easy. One is to stay with a host family. This costs just $25. We can also arrange hotel lodging for you in a private hotel room. These options are marked on the EventBrite page.

What will we do there?

You can find more information about the schedule above. We’ll spend some time talking about the School of Kingdom Writers, and you’ll get to experience a taste of what life at the School of Kingdom Writers will be like. We’ll do some simple writing and spiritual development exercises.

What will my guest do?

Guests are encouraged to participate, even if they don’t intend to be a writer. They’ll have more fun if they play along. However, guests are also welcome to simply observe or to leave as they wish.

Can I fly in?

Yes! If you intend to fly in, please select the “Airport Shuttle” service when you register on EventBrite. You should fly in to CMH (Columbus, Ohio) and make sure your flight arrives no later than 4pm on the Friday afternoon of the event. You’ll be back at the airport no later than 1:30pm on Sunday.

Note that Zanesville, Ohio is approximately 1 hour from the Columbus, Ohio airport.

If you choose to fly into a different airport, transportation to and from Zanesville will be up to you.

Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

If you have allergies or special dietary restrictions, please let us know. We’ll do our best to accommodate you or to make alternative arrangements.

Can I just visit by myself another time?

Yes. You are welcome to contact us to setup a visit, or we can arrange a Zoom call to answer your questions. However, the discernment retreat will give you the most complete information regarding our program. You’ll get more out of a weekend than you will out of an hour visit.


We'd love to hear from you!

Please send us an email at info@SOKW.org, or use this contact form to get in touch with us.

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