An Inklings Conference: The Fellowship of the Inklings
Experience a weekend of drama, seminars, and fellowship focused on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis at The King's Chapel second annual Inklings Conference. This year, we will be focusing on friendship and love among the Inklings.
NOV 22-23, INKLINGS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
- FRIDAY, 7:30PM: A Tolkien play, My Lúthien - The Remarkable Love Story of Edith Bratt & JR.R. Tolkien, Q&A with actors, light refreshments.
- SATURDAY, 9AM-2PM: All lectures, morning refreshments, two breakout sessions, and a fellowship lunch.
Early-bird Registration through Nov 17 : $30 (Students & Seniors: $15)
Regular Registration through Nov 22: $40 (Students & Seniors: $25)
NOV 22, Play Only Registration
A Tolkien play: My Lúthien - The Remarkable Love Story of Edith Bratt & JR.R. Tolkien, Q&A with actors, light refreshments - $10
NOV 24, MORNING WORSHIP AT TKC
SUNDAY, 10AM: An Inklings-inspired performance by Acts of Renewal
Childcare: Childcare is available for children ages 4 months - 4 years for both Friday and/or Saturday. Reservations must be secured no later than Nov 17. Friday - $10/family, Saturday - $25/family. Reserve childcare on the registration form.
Refunds: Available at 50% through Nov 17. No refunds will be given after Nov 17. No refunds for Friday's Play after purchase.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 | 7:30PM-9:
Saturday, November 23 | 9:30AM-2:00PM
"The Love Letters & Poems of Mrs. C.S. Lewis" read by Carol Anderson Shores (Auditorium)
Seminar faculty & Topics
Conferees choose from two of the four seminar topics below. You will make these choices during registration. Session descriptions are coming soon.
Brett Jeschke, MA & MT
J.R.R. Tolkien on Friendship and Fellowship
Brett Jeschke, MA & MT, has been an avid Inklings reader since he was a small boy. He started with Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and moved through The Lord of the Rings when he was eleven years old. Brett managed to finish his first read-through of Tolkien's masterpiece in just under twenty-four days and has been reading both Tolkien and Lewis ever since. Brett is currently a Christian Studies teacher at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, has taught Western Civilization courses at Northern Virginia Community College for the last five years, and has two Masters in Teaching and History respectively. He has written graduate papers on the cultural history of the Great War and has studied both the war poets and conducted graduate research on Lewis. Brett continues to read both Lewis and Tolkien and often integrates their writings, and their Christian, cultural perspectives into his teaching and work. He has been married to his beautiful wife Barbee for the last ten
Seminar Topic: "J.R.R. Tolkien on Friendship and Fellowship"
What is the nature and role of relationships, friendship, and fellowship in The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other works? Tolkien's writings are rich with themes of meeting and parting. This seminar will look at those characters who wander along the road as they meet, part, walk, and sometimes run with one another.
Dr. Cory Grewell,
Seminar Topic: CS Lewis on Love
Dr. Cory Grewell, Ph. D., teaches classes in Western Literature, British Literature, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Literary Criticism at Patrick Henry College. He has published work on Owen Barfield and J.R.R. Tolkien as well as Contemporary Medievalism and Noir Fiction. His scholarly interests are Christianity and Literature, especially the imaginative intersection between reading, writing, and participating; the Being of God; Renaissance Drama; Detective Fiction; and the works of the Inklings, especially Owen Barfield. His essay on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur, entitled “The Elegaic Fantasy of Past Christendom” featured in the book Inklings and Arthur won the Mythopoeic Society’s award for
Seminar Topic: “Love Makes the Cosmos Go Round: The Creative and Sustaining Nature of Love in the Work of C.S. Lewis.”
This seminar will focus on the importance of love, for Lewis, as an imaginative and creative power that gives birth to and upholds relationships between humans, between human and divine, and between God and His creation. Familiarity with The Four Loves, Perelandra, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and ‘Til We Have Faces would be helpful, but is not required.
Melanie Jeschke, MA
The Friendship of Lewis & Tolkien
The Fellowship of The Inklings
Seminar Topic #1: “The Fellowship of the Inklings”
Just who were the Inklings and why are they important? This seminar is an introduction to the men and works of arguably the most influential literary gathering of the 20th century.
Seminar Topic #2: “The Friendship of Lewis & Tolkien”
The complex friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien directly impacted two of the most beloved literary creations of the 20th century, Narnia and Middle-earth. This seminar focuses on the parallels in the authors’ lives and the importance of their friendship to their faith and creative vision.
Sunday, November 24 | 10:00AM-11:15AM
Join us at The King's Chapel Sunday Worship Service with an Inklings-inspired performance by Acts of Renewal.