June 4, 2018
Gina Ochsner, Dennis Littlefield, and I have been working on the details of a retreat for writers. Letting the Light In: Writing for the Growth of the Soul is for Christian writers who “need the vision to wrestle honestly with the complexities of the human condition and the skills to articulate those realities in ways that are crisp and imaginative.” Hosted just outside of Newberg on Camp Tilikum’s 93 beautiful, lake-front acres, the gathering is jointly sponsored by Camp Tilikum and Barclay Press.
The 2018 Christian Writers Retreat is the second annual retreat of its kind at Tilikum and will bring together a broad spectrum of Christian writers and speakers. Presenters and writing mentors include Linda Clare, Matt Mikalatos, Colette Tennant, Melanie Springer Mock, Paul N. Anderson, and Nate Macy. One-on-one mentoring will also be available to retreat participants.
At last year's retreat, nearly 60 writers explored writing as a spiritual practice, prayed together, made music together, ate together, shared readings from their work. We were challenged to take on the spiritual disciplines that inform good writing. We talked about the rhythms of the creative process. We considered what it means both to tend the light we’ve been given and to shine light into the lives of those who read our stories.
Lodge Housing and Commuters: Tilikum has overnight housing for 30 guests to stay in the Lodge (usually 2 per room with a private bath). We also have room for 15 guests to commute. The registration page has two links, one for overnight and the other for commuters. The cost is $425 for overnight guests and $200 for commuters, if registered by September 1, 2018.
Click here for more information and to register for the 2018 Christian Writers Retreat.
P.S. Seeds of hope is the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget.
In order to stay on target to meet our goal of $162,000 by December 31, 2020, we need to get to $30,375 by July 1, 2018. As of this morning, we have raised $26,555 in gifts and pledges!