Monday, February 28, 2011

Apply to be a Festival of Faith and Writing Volunteer

In just over a year (April 19-21, 2012), Calvin College will hold its biennial Festival of Faith and Writing ( This event hosts more than seventy speakers and 2,000 attendees on Calvin's campus. Past Festival's have welcomed such luminaries as Anne Lamott, Salman Rushdie, Michael Chabon, Maya Angelou, Elie Wiesel, John Updike, Katherine Paterson, and Madeline LEngle, among many, many others.

In order to put this event on, we need a great deal of assistance from dedicated student volunteers willing to serve on the Festival's Student Committee. In return for this help, volunteers are given free admission to the Festival, and will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the writers involved in this event.

As a student interested in writing, you are invited to apply for the Student Committee for Festival 2012! Please pick up an application from the Festival office (CFAC 232). Students off-campus this semester may write to for more information.

Applications are due Friday, March 18, 2011. Applicants will be contacted after spring break for an interview. Questions can be directed to Shannon Jammal-Hollemans in the Festival office at


The 2012 Festival of Faith and Writing Planning Committee

Lew Klatt
Deb Rienstra
Dean Ward
Shelly LeMahieu Dunn, Director
Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, Festival Assistant
Kristin Otte, Festival Assistant

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Writers' Retreat Coming Up in March

Get ready to register for the Writers' Retreat, coming up March 11-13. Come join a group of serious student writers for a time of focus, flights of fancy, food, friendship, and frivolity.

The retreat takes place in northern Michigan at the University of Michigan biological station. Profs. Schmidt, Vande Kopple, Hull, Rienstra, and Fondse will provide leadership--or something like that. We'll leave on Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. In between: writing, workshopping, relaxation, adventure, and the occasional stray snowball.

Cost will be $30, which covers everything, including meals and transportation.

Registration will open February 21 in the English Department. Be ready to sign up and pay right away, as space is limited (24 students) and we will accept people on a first pay, first served basis.

Dialogue: Submit!

The editors of Dialogue have asked me to remind you that they are always always looking for good submissions. Please rummage through your drafts, ideas, musings, and see if you have something that can be polished up for publication. They are looking for essays, fiction, poetry, and visual art. The Dialogue folk do a nice job of laying out your work beautifully on a printed page. Fame, glory: what's not to love?

For details on how to prep a submission, you can go to the Dialogue blog.

If you have questions, you can contact the editors at