CFP: 18th Annual CSL and Inklings Conference

Call for Papers for the 18th Annual C. S. Lewis and Inklings Conference

[KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Diana Glyer and Jerry Root]

Theme of the Conference

The Fellowship of the Book: The Inklings in Community

March 26th– 28th, 2015 At Grove City College In Grove City, Pennsylvania

Papers related to the works of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, George MacDonald, and Dorothy L. Sayers are invited.

The conference theme, The Fellowship of the Book: The Inklings in Community, seeks to explore the Inklings’ intimate relationship with one another, and their understanding of friendship, fellowship, and community. We highly recommend Diana Glyer’s profound study of the Inklings: The Company They Keep.

These questions may inspire you as you ponder a paper topic related to the conference theme:

* Which Inklings books are most similar to, or most different from, one another in their depiction of the bond of friendship?

* Are Lewis’s ideas in Four Loves reflected in relationships depicted in his fiction or the fiction of other writers in the Inkling milieu?

* Is Tolkien’s understanding of “fellowship” in The Lord of the Rings a valid concept in the modern world?

* If believers are typically a community, should Christians approach writing as arising out of a community of faith?

* What is the relationship between faith and community in matters of writing?

Papers on other subjects related to these authors will also be accepted.

Please submit a one-page abstract or a full paper by January 30th, 2015.  Papers should be 8-10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font).  To insure prompt notification, please include your e-mail on your submission.  If you are willing to chair a section, please note this at the top of your abstract/paper. Participants will be held to a twenty-minute presentation limit.  Please send all abstracts/papers to Dr. Janice Brown

All paper presenters must be a member of the CSLIS and be prepared to present the paper at the conference.

Membership forms can be downloaded at


There will be a competition for the best undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/scholar paper presented at this conference as well as a competition for the best creative paper by an undergraduate. Monetary awards will be given as determined by a committee of three jurors from the Executive Board members of the CSLIS.  To be eligible, the presenter must be a member of the CSLIS and present the paper at the conference.

If you would like your paper to be considered for the Academic Paper Competition, please send the full paper by February 21 2015 to Dr. Salwa Khoddam, as well as to the conference director (i.e., Janice Brown)

Papers for the Academic Paper Competition should be written according to the MLA Style Manual with in-text citations. The papers should also be double-spaced throughout and typed in Times New Roman in 12 point font. They should be well-researched and have original theses. The papers should also have a Works Cited Page that includes all the sources used. The names of the authors of the papers, their email addresses, and their affiliations should be on a separate sheet for blind review.

Creative Writing Competition:

An award will be presented for the best student-written, Inkling-inspired, story, poem, monologue, or dialogue.

Those wishing to enter this competition should consider these possibilities:

n  an extension of a situation in one of the Inkling works

n  a piece involving one or more of the Inklings as characters

n  a pastiche of an Inkling work (e.g., a Screwtape Letter; an adventure of Tom Bombadil; an Arthurian poem in the style of Williams)

This competition will be judged by a panel of academics. A second place and an honorable mention may also be awarded. The winners and other contestants who receive awards are asked to attend the conference and read their work (or a condensed portion of it). The name of the author, the email address, and the institutional affiliation should be on a separate sheet so that the work can be read impartially by the judges.

Send your entry as an e-mail attachment to Dr. Janice Brown, .by February 21, 2015.

Keynote Speakers: Diana Glyer and Jerry Root

Jerry Root is a professor at Wheaton College. He has been studying C. S. Lewis since 1970 and has taught college and university courses on Lewis continuously since 1980. He is the co-author of The Quotable Lewis.
Diana Pavlac Glyer is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. She has published and lectures extensively on Lewis and Tolkien. She is best known for her award-winning book The Company They Keep.

Conference Location:  Grove City College

Grove City College is in Grove City, PA in Northwestern Pennsylvania, about 1 hour north of Pittsburgh, near the intersection of Interstate 79 and Interstate 80. It is about one hour and fifteen minutes from the Pittsburgh airport and about one hour and fifty minutes from the Cleveland, Ohio airport.

Registration forms and more detailed conference information will be available on the Grove City College website by mid-September. A link will be available on the CSLIS website. Here is the link for the home page:

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