October 29 – November 1, 2009

The Writers Retreat is part of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Southwest Regional Retreat.  Click here to view the main retreat page.

Join our workshops and lectures for the jump-start, dusting off, or home-stretch encouragement you’ve been needing to move forward with your writing.

We all know that writing well is, in part, a talent. But moving from God-given gift to a finished — and perhaps published — product requires self-discipline and dogged perseverance, as well the encouragement and feedback of others.

We’ll create an affirming atmosphere for reading and commenting on one another’s work, hear the often grim, full-of-failure background stories of now-respected writers, and discuss specifics for creating a writing life that is more than a rainy-day hobby. Writers of all expertise levels are welcome to come celebrate the creative life — and the privilege of working in community.

The Writers Workshop is part of the larger Southwest Regional Retreat on the theme The Company They Keep: Creativity & Community with C.S. Lewis & the Inklings.


Author Joy Jordan-Lake

Author Frank Ball

Agent Steve Laube

Editor Terry Glaspey

Web expert Thomas Umstattd

Two Tracks for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction

Fiction Track led by Joy Jordan-Lake

Nonfiction Track led by Frank Ball, focusing on devotionals, journals, memoirs, family histories, and church projects

Part of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Southwest Regional Retreat

From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and a community of their friends and fellow writers met frequently to share good fellowship and their creative works-in-progress. Members of this small writers group, the “Inklings,” came to produce some of the most beloved works of fiction and prose of the twentieth century.

But how did the Inklings, many of them Christians working in skeptical secular environments, come to create such lasting contributions to literature and Christianity? And what can we learn about Christian creativity, community, and fellowship from such a diverse group of writers and thinkers?

Join us at the C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat 2009.