Upcoming Lewolkien Conference 2018 – A literary feast
Time for some unexpected news!
So, last year I decided to go to Lewolkien, a conference with the quirky name but the best content. I had a wonderful time. We talked about books and Lewis and Tolkien and more books and more Lewis and Tolkien and, yeah, basically soaked in the deep end of the literary pool. And my were the waters delicious. Like liquid light, almost…
And this year I’m going again. But that’s not the unexpected news. The crazy curve ball is this: I’m going to be one of the speakers! W-what? I know, right?
The little conference that could
Okay, so it’s a pretty small conference. Last year I think there were only around 20-25 and I don’t know how many people will be there this year, but that just means it’s introvert friendly! I am honored that Castle Ministries, who hosts the conference, would invite me to come. I know I won’t be able to fill the shoes of last year’s speaker, who was a well-known Lewis scholar, but I am excited all the same.
Because this conference really is special. It’s not a conference for writers or fans of comics or a certain genre. It’s just for people who want to discover more great books to read, to share what they’ve been reading, compare notes, and connect around the written word.
Sometimes I think as a writer I get caught up in all the details of grammar, editing, plot structure, reviews, and word counts, but this is just a chance to stop, reflect and fall in love with reading all over again.
The Christian And the Arts
The theme this year is a little different. We’ll be talking about “The Christian and the Arts”. I’m not sure how the other speakers will be approaching the topic, but my three talks are entitled:
- The Art of Faith
- Lewis and Tolkien on Stories
- Books, the Architecture of the Mind
A lot of what I plan on presenting will be coming from Francis Schaeffer’s must-read classic, Art and the Bible, which, by the way, if you haven’t read it, do. And check out my review if you’d like a little more information.
For the Lewis and Tolkien talks, I’ll be referencing their essays on stories heavily.
If you’ve been around this site any length of time, you know that I care deeply not just about the enjoyment of writing and discovering new stories. First and foremost, I’m interested in the purpose and end of reading. What are we reading for? And are the stories we’re reading “good”, not just in the common sense of the word, or even in the literary sense, but in the objective, eternal sense, which is the only definition that really matters at the end of the day.
I wish you could come, but in case you can’t…
So, the conference is coming up pretty quick and I seriously doubt anyone reading this will be close enough or have a flexible enough schedule to just drop whatever they had planned for March 3rd and make their way to Lewolkien, but on the outside chance you are within driving distance of East Tennessee, it would be amazing if you could come!
Either way, the details about the conference as well as the info for registering are over on the Lewolkien website.
But if (as is the case I expect) you can’t come, we may be recording my talks and putting the audio up somewhere. I’ll be sure to let you know about it, if it pans out.
The only thing bad about this is that I’ve been so busy with the release I haven’t had time to prepare my talks. So I better get crackin’!
Ah, such a crazy month!