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The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends: Undergraduate Preconference

The Lewis Center promotes the integration of faith, scholarship, and the imagination as modeled by a group of British writers we identify as “C.S. Lewis and Friends.”

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C. S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium | Taylor University

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

 There’s no easy way to say it. Today we made the difficult and disappointing decision to reschedule the 2020 C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium from June 2020 to June 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we consider the current projections that this situation could extend into the next few months, it seemed the only appropriate action to take. This was not an easy decision as we, and you, have invested significant time and energy preparing for the 2020 conference. But we know it was the right decision, though it saddens us that we won’t be seeing you all this summer.

The good news is, we have a rescheduled date, so mark your calendars for June 3-6, 2021. Of course many details are still being worked out, but here are a few important pieces of information we want to share:

  • Despite the conference being postponed to 2021, the 2020 Student Writing Competition is still active as it can be fully accomplished virtually. We will still accept student critical and creative submissions through April 30 - submissions will be judged, winners will be identified and recognized, certificates will be mailed, and prize money (and free registration, room, and board for 2021) will be given. Winners will be asked to present their work at the 2021 conference, whether they are still undergraduate students or not. Please continue to encourage undergraduate students to enter the contests.
  • Any scholarly paper proposal or creative work or special workshop/roundtable that has already been accepted for 2020 is automatically accepted for the 2021 Colloquium. We hope that you will join us next year.
  • All current registrations will be retained for the 2021 conference. However, if any registrant who paid for registration desires a refund, we are most willing to accommodate that request. All refund requests can be emailed to, and we ask that any requests for refunds be made by May 1, 2020.

We are currently considering ways to present and promote the incredible work of our participants as well as maintain fellowship and community throughout the next year and would love to hear your ideas about creating meaningful experiences. Please send any and all suggestions to

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all to Taylor University this June, and the two of us were looking forward to working together to plan the biggest and best colloquium yet. Instead we are all doing our best to maintain “socially distanced” friendship and collegiality. Please know that we cherish each of you and are thinking of you and whispering prayers for you in this weird (a good Anglo-Saxon word) time. We were sure that Lewis & Friends 2020 was going to be “one for the ages.” We still are. Even better than we dreamed. We’ve got our 20/20 sights set on 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have or information you need: (this email account is jointly monitored by us and we will respond directly to you).

Your friends,

Joe Ricke and Ashley Chu, co-directors

Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2020 2021


2020 STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST & STUDENT CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST: Currently enrolled undergraduate students may submit complete critical essays on the work of C. S. Lewis and/or a related author OR creative writing (e.g., poetry, prose, drama, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, screenplays). Winners will present their papers at the 2021 Colloquium and will receive free registration, room, and board. First-place winners will receive a cash prize as well. Deadline for Student Writing Contest submissions is April 30, 2020.

Submit Student Writing Contest Entry

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