The following information will help to answer any questions that you might have about Festival 2018 (April 12-14). If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us.

What are the dates of the next Festival?
The next Festival of Faith & Writing is scheduled for April 12-14, 2018, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It officially opens about noon on April 12 and officially closes about 7pm on April 14.

Do I have to be a writer to attend the Festival?
Certainly not. The Festival is designed to be a place where readers and writers can come together to participate in the ongoing discussion about faith in our world today. Authors, readers, and anyone interested in religion and spiritual understanding as it relates to literature is invited to join us and be part of the celebration.

How do you decide which speakers to invite?
Our mission statement will give you a good idea of where we stand with that. We are always eager for your suggestions. Contact us with any comments or ideas for people you'd like to see invited to future Festivals.

How much will it cost to attend Festival 2018? 
Regular registration is $225, with discounts possible for groups and teachers bringing students. Contact us for additional information.

When does registration open?
Online registration is open now.

What is included in a Festival registration?
A Festival registration includes all concurrent sessions and all keynote lectures. The registration fee does not include meals, lodging, or tickets for any evening concerts and evening play performances.

How much is registration if I can attend Festival for only one day?
With the exception of a limited number of Saturday passes for full-time educators, we are unable to provide reduced registrations for people who can attend Festival 2018 for only one day. Full registration is required to attend Festival sessions.

What if I want to hear only one speaker?
Individual tickets for the keynote lectures will be on sale through the Calvin College Box Office (616-526-6282). All other sessions are available only with a Festival registration.

If I am a student but do not attend Calvin College, do I still qualify for the student rate?
Yes. Students from any school – whether high school, college, or graduate school – qualify for the student registration rate.

Are school groups welcome at the Festival of Faith and Writing keynote events?
Yes, we welcome people of all ages to attend talks by our keynote speakers. Tickets are available through the Calvin College Box Office.

Is on-campus lodging available?
A limited amount of on-campus housing is available in the dorms for students from other universities, colleges, and high schools only. If you are a student who is interested in staying on campus, more information will be available in January. All rooms in the Prince Conference Center are reserved for our speakers and are not available to the public.

Online registration for Festival 2018 is now open. The following information will help to answer any questions that you might encounter in the registration process. If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us.

Is there a registration deadline?
Registration will be open until March 31, 2018, or until our capacity is reached, whichever comes sooner.

What are my payment options?
We accept check or credit card.

Is my credit card information secure?
Yes, you can be assured that your personal information and credit card information are protected through secure processing via Neon CRM. If you prefer not to provide your credit card information online, however, please select the pay-by-check option, which will allow you to submit your registration information online and follow up by mailing in a check to complete the registration process.

How do I get a receipt?
If you choose to pay by credit card, our system will send payment confirmation by e-mail. That e-mail will serve as your official receipt. If you choose to pay by check, a confirmation e-mail will be sent once we receive payment. That e-mail will serve as your official receipt.

What is your cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend the Festival and notify us by February 28, 2018, we will refund 75 percent of your registration fee. After that we will refund 50 percent. Note, however, that we are unable to issue any refunds after March 31, 2018. Cancellation requests must be received in writing (either by postal or electronic mail). Please include your full name, mailing address, and daytime phone number.

If I am not a Calvin student, do I still qualify for the student rate?
Yes. Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students from any school qualify for the student registration rate.

Do you offer any discounts on registration?
A limited number of  scholarships are available for Calvin Honors Program students, current Calvin students, and Calvin alumni.  We also offer discounts for educators bringing student groups and for other organized groups (from libraries, schools, churches, book clubs, writing groups, etc.) with six or more members.

My group would like to take advantage of one of your group discount programs. How do we register as a group?
If you would like to take advantage of a group discount, please e-mail the Festival office at ffw@calvin.edu with the name and daytime phone number of the group leader, the name of your group, and the number of individuals in your group. We will then send you a unique registration code that your group can use to register at the discounted rate.

What if I am unable to register online?
Please call the Festival office at 616-526-6770, and we will be more than happy to assist you with your registration.