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C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat 2009
October 30 - November 1, 2009
Camp Allen, Navasota, Texas

The Company We Keep:
Creativity & Community with C.S. Lewis & the Inklings

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 Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, as she invites us to discover their friendship and the influence it had on their lives, their works, and their relationships with God.

In the intimate woodland setting of the Camp Allen Conference Center, be refreshed by Ad Deum Dance Company and the music of Kemper Crabb. Explore the theme in breakout sessions with Joel Heck, George Musacchio, Andrew Lazo and Don Wood. Worship with Rev. Skip Ryan and Rev. Scott Irwin. And engage in stimulating discussion and fellowship with other conferees.

The C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat will challenge your mind, refresh your body, and renew your spirit!



Writers Workshop

In the spirit of Lewis & Tolkien, we are also offering a special preconference Writers Workshop that will continue throughout the retreat.  Featuring author Joy Jordan-Lake, author Frank Ball, agent Steve Laube, editor Terry Glaspey, and web expert Thomas Umstattd, the workshop will center on the theme More Than a Hobby: Letting Community Take Your Creativity to a New Level.  To meet the needs of writers of varying areas of interest, there will be two tracks – one for fiction writers led by Joy Jordan-Lake, and one for nonfiction writers (focusing on devotionals, journals, memoirs, family histories, and church projects) led by Frank Ball.

Children’s Track

This year will also see the return of our popular children’s program, “Sailing Aboard the Dawn Treader: Learning from Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace,” which offers kids (ages 7-12) the opportunity to connect with Lewis at their level through reading aloud, discussing, acting, singing, hiking, arts & crafts and much more.



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Special Savings:

SAVE BY SHARING A ROOM - select Double Occupancy packages save up to $105 per person over Single Occupancy rates. Click here for details.


To register, please click here to visit the Camp Allen Registration site
or call, toll-free, (866) 334-2267.


* Image of the interior of "The Eagle & Child" pub, photographed by Tom Murphy VII, is used with permission under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License. Documentation on this license and the original photo can be found by clicking here.


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