An Inklings Conference - Splintered Lights


An Inklings Conference - Splintered Lights

Experience a weekend of drama, seminars, and fellowship focused on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis at The King's Chapel inaugural Inklings Conference.


Reserve Child Care Today

(Includes snacks and lunch)
Early bird by Oct 31 
General Admission: $25
Students & Seniors: $10 
Registration after Oct 31
General Admission: $35
Students & Seniors: $15

Friday, November 2 | 7:30PM-9:30PM

7:30PM: Doors open: Coffee, tea, sweets available in the Lobby, Registration for conferees 
Tolkien Play,  "Tolkien-A Marriage",  a one-act play about the fascinating life of J.R.R. Tolkien as seen from the lens of his marriage, with Jim Shores and Carol Anderson (Acts of Renewal). Followed by Q & A with actors

Tolkien Play is open to the public.

(Childcare available for ages 4 months - 4 years.  Reservations required by Oct 31.  Donations accepted.)

Saturday, November 3 | 9:00AM-2:00PM

9:00AM:  Registration & Coffee, tea, bagels, donuts available 
9:30AM: Welcome & Prayer - Pastor Bill Jeschke, Inklings 101 by Melanie Jeschke (Auditorium) 
10:15AM-11:15AM: Breakout Seminar I (Classrooms)
11:15AM- 11:30AM: Coffee, Tea, Treats Break (Lobby)
11:30AM-12:30PMBreakout Seminar II (Classrooms)
Fellowship Lunch  (Auditorium) 
1:30PM-2:00PM: Inklings Panel of Seminar Leaders (Auditorium) 

(Childcare available for ages 4 months - 4 years.  Reservations required by Oct 31.  Donations accepted.)

Seminar Presenters & Topics

Conferees choose from two of the four below seminar topics. You will note these choices during registration. 

Dr. Cory Grewell, Ph. D.
Seminar Topic:  Writings of CS Lewis, 'Myth, Meaning, and the Imagination in the Works of C.S. Lewis"
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 best Scholarly Book of the Year in Inklings Studies. Outside of academics, Dr. Grewell enjoys golf, baseball, and long-form TV drama. He lives in Round Hill with his lovely wife, two handsome and charming sons, and cantankerous dachshund Gatsby.
Dr. Grewell's seminar during the conference will include an exploration of what myth and imaginative literature means for Lewis in terms of truth and meaning. The “theory,” such as it is, would be located in Lewis’s essay, “Bluspels and Flalansferes: A Semantic Nightmare". Read it here today.
Brett Jeschke, MA & MT
Seminar Topic: Writings of JRR Tolkien, ' An Unlikely Fellowship: Hobbits & Friendship in LOTR'
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 years, and has three lovely, young children. 

Melanie Jeschke, MA
Seminar Topics: Life & Legacy of C.S. Lewis 
and the Life & Legacy of Tolkien
Melanie Jeschke, MA, Melanie Jeschke, an adjunct professor of English Composition and Literature, has taught at Marymount University and currently teaches at NOVA (Manassas) and Patrick Henry College. Melanie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English from the University of Virginia, with a MA in English Literature from George Mason University, and took graduate courses at Oxford University.  A home-schooling mother of nine, she has also taught English in both public and private high schools. She is the author of a series of novels set around the Inklings, called The Oxford Chronicles (including Inklings, Intentions, Expectations, & Evasions). She has also written a contemporary adaptation of Jane Eyre called Jillian Dare, the chapter on Oxford for Rick Steves’ England guidebook, and numerous articles published in newspapers, WORLD magazine, and a Tolkien Journal called Silver Leaves.  Melanie became a Lewis fan while reading The Chronicles of Narnia to her children. Through God’s providence and plan, she has been able to participate in seven C.S. Lewis Summer Institute “Oxbridge” conferences, a triennial conference sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation in Oxford and Cambridge, where she has served as a hostess, Oxford walking tour guide, and a faculty member, teaching on Jane Austen. She has also traveled extensively and conducted two tours to the UK, where she sets her novels.  She is married to Bill Jeschke, Senior Pastor of The King’s Chapel.

Sunday, November 4 | 10:00AM-11:15AM

Join us at The King's Chapel Sunday Worship Service with an inklings-inspired sermon by Pastor Bill Jeschke.