The Festival of Faith & Writing celebrates excellent writing that takes faith seriously. Our biennial gathering brings together readers—many of whom are also writers—in a lively few days of conversations, readings, concerts, workshops, plays, screenings, and more. Anyone who loves words will find their people at the Festival of Faith & Writing; indeed, we warmly welcome diverse perspectives on religious belief and creative expression.
The roster for each Festival of Faith & Writing includes scores of writers and storytellers working in mediums including books, music, films, stage, radio, and more.
The FFW Planning Committee—composed of Calvin Center for Faith & Writing directors, staff, and Faculty Fellows—actively researches contemporary writers whose work intersects with matters of faith. Based on this research, the committee builds a roster of speakers for each Festival that reflects the diversity of the literary arts—across genre, age, culture, and creed—when it comes to exploring faith with creativity and insight.
In recent years, the Festival has distinguished between “featured speakers” and other presenters, soliciting proposals for panels and workshops. Festival 2020 will be returning to a more sustainable model, so all speakers will be considered “featured" speakers, and the FFW Committee will not be inviting panel and workshop proposals. Our goal in returning to this model is to give ample time and attention to the many writers under consideration, exploring thoroughly their compelling work at the intersection of faith and literature. You can read more specifics about this decision here.
In general, speakers are discovered through committee research, suggestions from Festivalgoers, and the advocacy of publishers and publicists who understand our unique event. We discourage (but do not prohibit) writers from contacting the FFW Planning Committee directly to recommend themselves as speakers. If possible, please have your publisher send us review copies of any available materials along with a note that expresses your interest in our event. And, while we do carefully consider everyone nominated as a speaker, we are not able to respond to every suggestion we receive.
Digital materials can be sent to:
Please put “FFW Planning Committee” in the subject line.
Packages can be sent to:
Calvin Center of Faith & Writing
Attn: Sarah Turnage
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546