The Festival of Faith & Writing began in 1990 as an exploration of the communities made and served by religious writing. Since its inception, the Festival has brought both new and established talent to speak about a variety of issues related to faith, ethics, justice, and the craft of storytelling.

The Festival has welcomed to Calvin more than 13,000 attendees and hundreds of renowned speakers, including Maya Angelou, John Updike, Yann Martel, Elie Wiesel, Marilynne Robinson, Donald Hall, Eugene Peterson, Katherine Paterson, Anne Lamott, Kathleen Norris, Kate DiCamillo, Luci Shaw, and many more.

Take a peek at the schedules from some past Festivals:

Highlighted speakers from past Festivals:

2016: Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tobias Wolff, Christian Wiman, Mary Ruefle, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Paul Harding, M. T. Anderson, Shauna Niequist, Chigozie Obioma, Joshua Max Feldman, Sarah Bessey, Andrew Clements, Shane McCrae, Mallory Ortberg

2014: Anne Lamott, James McBride, Rachel Held Evans, Richard Foster, Miroslav Volf, Bret Lott, Marilyn Nelson, G. Willow Wilson, Gene Luen Yang

2012: Jonathan Safran Foer, Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gary Schmidt, Shane Claiborne, Leila Aboulela

2010: Scott Cairns, Wally Lamb, Eugene Peterson, Kate DiCamillo, Richard Rodriguez, Parker Palmer, Mary Karr

2008: Michael Chabon, Yann Martel, Katherine Paterson, Mary Gordon, Elizabeth Berg, Franz Wright, Francine Rivers

2006: Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Walter Wangerin, Alice McDermott, Thomas Lynch, Lauren Winner, Nikki Grimes, Luci Shaw

2004: Frederick Buechner, Patricia Hampl, Leif Enger, Bret Lott, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Brown Taylor, Katherine Paterson

2002: Kathleen Norris, Oscar Hijuelos, Kaye Gibbons, Jan Karon, Ernest Gaines, Ron Hansen, Stephen Dunn, Yaffa Eliach, Virginia Stem Owens, Robert Clark, Michael Card

2000: Maya Angelou, Anne Lamott, Chaim Potok, John Leax, James McBride, Paul Schrader, Donald Hall, Jane Yolen, Clyde Edgerton

1998: John Updike, Elie Wiesel, Katherine Paterson, Dan Taylor, Philip Yancey, Bruce Cockburn, Jon Hassler, David James Duncan, Hugh Cook

1996: James Schaap, Annie Dillard, Donald Hall, Lee Smith, Madeleine L’Engle

1994: Doris Betts, Kaye Gibbons, Denise Giardina, Luci Shaw

1992: Frederick Buechner

1990: Will D. Campbell, Larry Woiwode