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Anne Lamott and Diana Butler Bass to Headline Writer’s Workshop

June 6–9

The Frederick Buechner Center and Princeton Theological Seminary are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop. Slated for June 6–9, 2017 at Princeton Seminary, best-selling authors Anne Lamott and Diana Butler Bass will headline the event. 

“This workshop is designed to appeal to writers who, like Buechner, think honestly about their Christian faith and are not afraid of where that thinking will take them,” said Brian Allain, Buechner Center spokesperson. “We are thrilled to have Anne and Diana lead our 2017 program.”

*Note: Keynote lectures are open only to registered attendees of the Writer's Workshop. Registration is now closed. 

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Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott

Lamott, the author of several best-selling books of nonfiction, and seven novels including, Hard LaughterRosieJoe JonesBlue Shoe,All New PeopleCrooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds, writes about subjects people don’t like to think about. In all her novels, she writes about loss—loss of loved ones and loss of personal control. Her newest book of essays is called Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.


Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

Butler Bass writes for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in USA TODAYTime,Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. She is a contributing editor forSojourners magazine, and has written widely in the religious press, including The Christian Century,Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass

“Princeton Theological Seminary celebrates the work of thoughtful writers who inspire us, teach us, and help us to experience the presence of God,” said M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Seminary. “We are delighted to partner with the Frederick Buechner Center in promoting the writing vocation, and we look forward to another engaging series of workshops.”

“We have again assembled a fantastic lineup of published authors, literary agents, preachers, and editors,” said Dayle Gillespie Rounds, associate dean of continuing education at Princeton Seminary. “I encourage Christian ministry leaders to join us for four days of rich and engaging teaching and conversation.”

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor of Scottsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Alabama

Micaiah Tanck, Class of 2015

“The friends, colleagues, and professors I’ve met will continue to be resources for me both personally and professionally. ”