Writer’s Retreat

More information for this retreat will be available soon.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine. He also writes about art, faith, and culture for ImageFilmwell.org, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. He has been writing about movies for Christianity Today for over a decade, and his work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books & Culture, and Comment. He lives in Shoreline, Washington.

John Medina
Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering, Washington School of Medicine; Director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research, Seattle Pacific University; Author of Brain Rules; Seattle, Washington. Click here for more info.

Julia Kasdorf
Julia is an associate professor of English and director of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Pennsylvania State University, where she currently teaches creative writing and women’s studies. Born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, she was educated at Goshen College and New York University. Her books of poetry include Eve’s Striptease and Sleeping Preacher. She is the author of the biography Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American, and The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, 1991-1999, which won the Book of the Year Award from the Modern Language Association’s Conference on Christianity and Literature. Click here to visit Julia’s page.

John Wilson
John Wilson is editor of Books & Culture and editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. He received a B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, in 1970 and an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1975. His reviews and essays appear in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Commonwealth, First Things, National Review, and other publications. H
e and his wife, Wendy, live in Wheaton, Illinois.

Lauren Winner
Author of numerous books, including Still, Girl Meets God, and Mudhouse Sabbath. Lauren lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches at Duke Divinity School. She travels extensively, teaching and lecturing on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Click here for Lauren’s website.

Ashley Cleveland
Recording artist, winner of three Grammy Awards including 2008 for Best Rock Gospel Album (Before the Daylight’s Shot); Nashville, Tennessee.  Click here for her website.

Additional programming details still to come.

Registration Fees
Standard: $495
Standard Private: $570
To register, locate your specific retreat on our Schedule, click “Sign Up Now,” then follow the instructions.

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. The retreat will conclude Sunday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.