C.S. Lewis Foundation

C.S. Lewis Fall Conference

The Forge of Friendship: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, & the Creative Impulse 

November 8 – 10, 2013

Hilton Post Oak Hotel

Houston, Texas


In honor of C.S. Lewis, who passed away, 50 years ago, November 22, 1963, the C.S. Lewis Foundation is presenting two conferences — one was in June in San Diego, and the upcoming one. And yes, he did die the same day as J.F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley.

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Writers Workshop Track: Creating in Community


Our Vision is to bring together and disciple a community of writers in the spirit of The InklingsC.S. Lewis’s works continue to inspire and influence. Our mission is to actively encourage this, recapturing the essence of community Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and their fellow writers enjoyed. We offer nourishment for your writer’s soul and discipleship for your calling.


A Lewis Centered Writers Workshop Track — Why?

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Author book signing Camp Allen 2009

Lewis was a writer “Why did I become a writer? Chiefly, I think, because my clumsiness or fingers prevented me from making things in any other way.”


He influenced and inspired other writers “Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.”


He belonged to a community of writers The Inklings encouraged, supported, and promoted each other’s work “What I owe to them all is incalculable.”


As writers we share many of the same challenges as did Lewis & his friend, J.R.R. Tolkien “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”


Early Arrival Keynote Sessions on Friday

Writers meet with Malcolm Guite, Oxbridge 2011

Writers meet with Malcolm Guite, Oxbridge 2011

#1 – “The Word, and the words: Christ and the writer’s vocation” with Malcolm Guite

#2 – “Finding your form—finding your freedom; how form and craft can liberate your writing” with Malcolm


Melanie Stiles, WW Coordinator & Sprinklings Facilitator, coaching at lunch. CSL Writers Workshop, Texas, 2012

Melanie Stiles, WW Coordinator & Sprinklings Facilitator, coaching at lunch. CSL Writers Workshop, Texas, 20



#3 “C.H.A.N.G.E.  and Every Writer” with Melanie Stiles





Friday & Saturday evening “Sprinklings”

Share your work within a group and receive gentle critique, positive suggestions for improvement and grow your community of writer friends. All working, published and aspiring writers are welcome!

Writers Saturday afternoon breakouts including poetry sessions



The C.S. Lewis Foundation

The C.S. Lewis Foundation

The primary impact of the foundation’s mission is on people’s lives — in the way they work, study, write, and live their lives for Christ – and in turn, how they influence those around them. Visit the C.S. Lewis Foundation website.

Related Links

Oxbridge 2011 Slide Show by Lancia E. Smith, September 30, 2011

Host Bridgette Mongeon talks with Nan Rinella about the growth and encouragement that the C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Writers Workshop provides.
December 16, 2010

Nan’s posts on CS Lewis Foundation Blog