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Festival of Faith and Writing

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The Festival of Faith & Writing is a biennial gathering of readers, writers, and publishers interested in how issues of faith become fleshed out in the written word. Past speakers include Katherine Paterson, Frederick Buechner, and Maya Angelou.

Calvin Center for Faith & Writing

The new Calvin Center for Faith & Writing has students at the heart of its mission. Opportunities abound for avid readers, keen writers, and anyone interested in how literature helps us examine the deepest truths. The CCFW seeks to be a leader in preparing people for work in publishing, so students are invited to participate in ongoing conversations and hands-on workshops with writers, editors, and other publishing professionals. In addition, each year the CCFW offers four competitively awarded student fellowships—student fellows gain valuable experience by participating in all activities of the CCFW, including assisting with book and media production and helping with the acclaimed Festival of Faith & Writing. There’s a place for you—join us!

In Their Own Words
  • In a time when faith is dismissed by "those serious writers" or tucked away into a neat, convenient subgenre, Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Writing reinstates faith's importance in literature. By including a number of faiths and drawing some of the biggest names in writing, FFW is an invaluable resource at Calvin not only for taking serious the call to engagement but also for welcoming a polyphony of voices, regardless of their beliefs, who consider faith to be a crucial, vivifying, and at times difficult part of what it means to be a reader and a writer.” Jake Schepers ('12), Alumnus
  • During my time at Calvin I was able to be involved in two Festivals. During each Festival I was impressed by the quality of the presenters, the enthusiasm of the attendees, and the hospitality of the student committee. It was exciting to see writers and readers come together for a weekend of thinking deeply about the connections between faith and writing-learning from the wisdom of presenters, sharing ideas with each other, and leaving inspired and challenged. The Festival of Faith & Writing is a unique and important event. It provides the opportunity for students at Calvin to hear from authors in a variety of genres who are not only exceptional at their craft, but who are also addressing issues of faith in their work. It challenged me to think more deeply about how I write, how I read, and how my faith affects every area of my life.” Nicole Veenkamp ('12), Alumnus
  • The Festival of Faith & Writing rekindled the spark that I have for writing. It was amazing to be able to meet and get to know some authors, and to hear their personal stories of the realities of a writer's life. The experience that I gained from hosting [author] Richard Michelson and [illustrator] Brian Pinkney is a memory that I will cherish forever. I believe that this Festival is important because it helps us to remember that our writing and our faith are inseparable. It is a great time for readers and writers alike to learn from one another and be inspired. As a writer and aspiring author, I was blessed to be a part of it. The Festival inspired me to create the goal of one day being one of its featured authors!” Sarah Parker ('15), Alumnus

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