Frequently Asked Questions




How do I register?

To register for Tuition through the C.S. Lewis Foundation:

Register for tuition online using the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s secure event registration provider or call toll-free 1-888-CSLEWIS.(1-888-275-3947)

To register for Room/Board through Camp Allen:

Register for lodging and meals through Camp Allen’s secure event registration system or Call toll-free (866) 334-2267.




Where is Camp Allen?

Camp Allen is located in Navasota, Texas – just 55 miles northwest of Houston and 27 miles southeast of Bryan/College Station.

I’d like to know more information about Camp Allen.

Find out from Camp Allen itself by visiting the Camp’s website.
Here’s a downloadable map of the grounds.

Is there television, WiFi, and cell phone coverage?

There is a television in Camp Allen’s lounge, but not in guest rooms. WiFi is available throughout the buildings and guest rooms. Cell phone coverage varies greatly. AT&T is particularly strong.

Is there computer access?

There WiFi access in guest rooms and throughout the facilities. There is also a computer off the lounge that is open for guest use.

What is the weather like?

The weather can vary greatly in early November. We recommend that you check the weather with one of the weather services in the weeks before you attend the Retreat.

What should I wear?

Dress casual and comfortable.




What is the best way to drive to Camp Allen?

Here are driving directions, also available as a downloadable PDF file

Which is the closest airport?

George Bush Intercontinental Airport [IAH] (63 miles)

Is there another airport?

Houston Hobby [HOU] services Southwest Airlines (68 miles, but through the city, so it takes much longer)

How do I get from the airports to Camp Allen?

Camp Allen provides its own shuttle service between the Camp and Bush Intercontinental Airport — $75 each way. If you book the shuttle online through Camp Allen, you pay only  $100 round trip (a $50 savings).




I’m interested in attending the Early Arrival option. What is scheduled on Friday morning/afternoon?

We’ve scheduled a series of sessions and workshops on Friday morning and afternoon for both the Readers and Writers Workshop Tracks:

  • Readers Sessions — Sessions for registrants who would like to familiarize themselves with C.S. Lewis, both the man and his works. These are aimed at both those who are familiar with Lewis as well as new readers who would like to learn more.
  • Writers Workshops — Workshops especially for writers on the craft of writing, marketing, publishing, and pitching to agents and editors.
  • Social Media Sessions — For anyone – readers and writers—who wants to become more effective and comfortable with social media technology, techniques, and best practices.

How do the writers consultations work?

You will have the opportunity for 15 minutes long, one-on-one appointments with some of the writers workshop track faculty. The appointments can be made directly with the faculty members during the workshop and retreat.





How should I prepare?

Visit the presenters’ website to get to know them and their work. It’s beneficial to read one book by each presenter, if they’ve written one.

Writers should prepare a part of a work they’d like to share.

Please pray for our team, Camp Allen staff, those who God wants to attend, your fellow attendees, and for sponsors.

What should I read?

Everyone – The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and books by event speakers.

WritersThe Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Dr. Diana Pavlac Glyer

The recommended books can be purchased through the official Retreat bookstore – http://www.booksbybecka.com/Bookshop.html  – for reading prior to the conference.


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