Taylor Hosts 2018 C. S. Lewis Colloquium and Writing Contest

By Bethany Russell Published: Mar 27, 2018

C.S. Lewis

Taylor University’s Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends will host the Frances White Ewbank Colloquium from May 31 to June 3, 2018.

It marks the 11th meeting for the event, which was named in honor of longtime English professor Dr. Frances White Ewbank and studies the work of the late author C.S. Lewis, along with a number of his friends who included J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Owen Barfield, and others. 

This year's colloquium will feature a lineup of speakers, authors and actors including:

  • Stephen Prickett (President of the George MacDonald Society)
  • Crystal Downing (author of the award-winning book, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy Sayers)
  • Ron Reed (actor who played the role of C. S. Lewis in the stage play, Shadowlands)
  • Crystal Hurd (book review editor of Sehnsucht, the C. S. Lewis Journal)
  • Charlie Starr (author of the upcoming The Faun’s Library: C. S. Lewis on Why Myth Matters)
  • Joe Christopher (executive board member of the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society

Organizers say the Lewis and Friends Colloquium has a well-deserved reputation for being both brainy and friendly, both scholarly and popular. In addition to keynote addresses, panel discussions, paper presentations, and various forms of creative, the event will include dramatic performances, board games, late night singalongs, meals, and a book sale.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is among the best known and most effective 20th century writers of Christian apologetics. He was a respected scholar and teacher at Oxford University for 29 years and then served as a professor at Cambridge University until the end of his career. Lewis' book The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was one seven books he authored in his Chronicles of Narnia series, is among his most popular works and has led to a number of television adaptations along with the Disney 2005 motion picture by the same name. Additionally, Lewis' book Mere Christianity is widely regarded as one of the clearest articulations of the Christian gospel. 

The late Frances White Ewbank pioneered the study of C.S. Lewis at Taylor University. More than 30 years ago, she assigned readings from Lewis's works as the basis for writing assignments in an honors class. Her work inspired her colleagues as well as her students and led to the Lewis studies at Taylor today.

For full colloquium information, registration, and contest details, visit: 


Call for Paper Submissions: We invite paper proposals on any topic related to C. S. Lewis and Friends (broadly defined)–Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others. We especially encourage papers and presentations that respond to the conference theme of The Faithful Imagination that respond to papers from previous colloquiua, that expand the circle of friends, and that are the work of new scholars. We also invite creative work – poetry, fiction, essay, drama, film, visual art, musical composition, etc. – that responds to or is influenced by these same authors. Creative submissions should be a complete work, rather than a proposal. Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2018.

Undergraduate Student Writing Contest: Currently enrolled undergraduate students may submit creative writing (poetry, prose, drama, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, screenplays, etc.) or critical essays on the work of C. S. Lewis or a related Inkling author. We are especially interested in papers on the conference theme of “The Faithful Imagination,” although the work does not have to incorporate this theme. Winners will present their papers at the colloquium and receive monetary prizes, plus free registration, room, and board. Deadline for student essays is April 23, 2018.