The C.S. Lewis Retreat Writers Workshop Track
Centered on you — the writer — the writers workshop track will build your relationships with other writers and professionals in the writing community while you learn practical tips and techniques to improve your writing and its reception. This will be an experience to stimulate your intellect, enlighten your spirit, and delight and refresh your imagination.
Our vision is to bring together and disciple a community of writers in the spirit of C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, whose works continue to inspire and influence thousands. Our mission is to actively recapture the essence of community Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and their fellow writers enjoyed and create it afresh in our current culture.
Come join us for our workshops, lectures, and interactive group sessions for the jump-start, dusting off, or home-stretch encouragement you’ve needed 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 offer an affirming atmosphere for learning from respected authors, reading and commenting on one another’s work, and discussing 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.
- Diana Glyer will facilitate hosted groups discussing what elements made The Inklings successful and how we can translate them to our day and time.
- Lewis’s book The Great Divorce speaks to writers too. Let Joseph Pearce reveal the author’s insights in this fantastic journey to the foothills of heaven. Will you discover yourself in his characters of the poet or the artist (could be a writer)?
- Workshops on the craft of writing, tech and social media, marketing, & publishing
- Interactive hosted group sessions to encourage your writing and faith
- “The Sprinklings,” small groups for reading works for feedback, discussion, and encouragement
- Dr. Diana Pavlac Glyer, Professor of English and author of The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
- Steve Laube, Founder of The Steve Laube Agency – Christian Literary Agents
- Thomas Umstattd, President and Founder of Castle Media and Author Media
- Melanie Stiles, author and Christian Life Coach, 2006 Inspirational Writers Alive! Writer of the Year
- Joseph Pearce, Professor of Literature, Editor of St. Austin Review, author of books on writers including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, G.K. Chesterton, and William Shakespeare.
- Doug Jackson, Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Ministry for Logsdon Seminary at the South Texas School of Christian Studies in Corpus Christi, former Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Corpus Christi
- More to be announced
Writers Workshop Program
Thursday evening activities
Sprinklings – Small groups for sharing and feedback for prose writers and poets (for those arriving early and staying at Camp Allen Thursday night)
Writing Sessions – Friday/Saturday
- “Inkling Impediments” – Melanie Stiles
- “The PDQ’s & Dos & Don’ts of Pitching” – Nan Rinella
- “The Craft of Writing” – Diana Glyer
- “Redeeming Rejection: Turning Pain into Pleasure” – Steve Laube
- “Ask Me Anything: A Freeflowing Discussion about Anything Related to the Publishing Industry” – Steve Laube
- “Doing What the Inklings Did” – Diana Glyer
Social Media and Marketing Sessions – Friday/Saturday
- “Technology as a Friend and Not a Master” – Thomas Umstattd
- “How Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is New: An Introduction to Social Media” – Thomas Umstattd
- “The Art and Craft of Persuasion” – Thomas Umstattd
Saturday Hosted Groups
- “The Seat of Your Pants” – Diana Glyer
- “The Role of the Christian Writer in the Light of The Great Divorce” – Joseph Pearce
- “The Artist of God in Redemptive Pursuit” – Randall Flinn
“Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakable remains.”
– C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce