The following information will help to answer any questions that you might have about Festival 2020. 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 16-18, 2020, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It officially opens about noon on April 16 and officially closes about 7.00 pm on April 18.
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 About Us page 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 2020?
Registration fees have not yet been determined but will be posted on this website as soon as they are.
When does registration open?
Online registration will open later in 2019, and we will post widely on social media and on this website when that happens.
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 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 & 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.