Literature Camp, July 31 to August 2, 2020

The 2019 camp was an incredible inspiration—come join us in 2020!

About Lit Camp

We at the Curator wish there were more opportunities for us as Anabaptists to study and discuss literature. We believe that the Kingdom of God must have a real impact on the cultures that surround it, actively producing a high-quality, God-centered culture that helps us to fulfill our lives as images of God and bearers of his light. One of our main visions is to bring people together to discuss what this should mean to us as members of God’s kingdom.

To assist conversations in that area, we host an annual weekend seminar that provides opportunities for readers and writers to meet and to hear from people who have thought about what the arts mean to us as Anabaptists. This is not just for writers or for those who “have it all together,” but for anyone who enjoys reading or art and wants to dig in to the next level. No matter where you are, the weekend can challenge and inspire you, and will connect you with more people who love to read or write.

We ask a range of Anabaptist authors, thinkers, and students of literature to present various topics that fall under the following categories:

  • Reading—Opportunities to read and discuss short works as a group. These sessions may be built around biblical texts or a short story.
  • Writing—Opportunities to workshop original poems or prose with other writers. These sessions will be directed by writers or teachers, and will include some writing prompts and exercises.
  • History, Genre, and Theory—Lectures and discussion of particular literary movements or elements of literature. These would cover particular writers or groups of writers, or the history and implications of certain genres and writing styles. Emphasis will generally be placed on how we should read or write literature in context of these discoveries.
  • Meditation and Worship—Worship in song and poetry, as well as discussion of what literature and poetry should mean to us as Anabaptists. It is of utmost importance for us to learn how we can better worship God and spread his Kingdom through our lives as creators.

2020 Speakers and Topics

As we have more information, we will post a list of speakers and topics, as well as a tentative schedule.

Where and When

The Literature Camp will be held from the 31st of July through the 2nd of August, 2020. The schedule will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, but attendees should plan to arrive and sign in between 3:00 and 4:45. We will dismiss after lunch on Sunday. Those who can’t make it for the entire weekend are still welcome to come for as much time as they are able. However, they will need to let us know in advance, so that we know what to prepare for.

Camp will be at the beautiful River Ridge Mansion, hidden away in the woods near Franklin, PA. Lodging and meals will be provided. The mansion, usually called “The Castle,” was built by an oil baron in the early 1900s and has beautiful lawns and woods. Indoors, we plan to provide occasional espresso and historical music, as we did at Lit Camp 2019.

Address of River Ridge Mansion:
870 River Ridge Rd
Franklin, PA

How to Register

To register, fill out the registration form linked below. We won’t require an application fee, but we will ask for payment around a month before the seminar. Partial refunds will be available if necessary.

As yet, we do not have a final cost per attendee, but the cost per adult for Lit Camp 2019 was $115, and it will likely not increase much. For those who will have difficulty meeting this cost, or who have traveling expenses that may make it prohibitive to attend, please let the registrar know of your situation, and we will try to find a solution for you. Alternatively, if you would like to support the endeavor by covering someone else’s expenses, or by donating in general, please contact us!

Why

We are called to proclaim the news of the Kingdom to every nation, and that means that we must proclaim it in the arts as well. Our main purpose for this endeavor is to begin conversations in an often neglected area of Anabaptist thought and practice. But even more so, we hope to contribute to a fruitful era of bringing human wisdom into subjection to the Kingdom of God. And to do so, we must first listen to the Author of every good gift and to others who have dedicated themselves to his service.

This seminar is specifically built around Kingdom ideals and Anabaptist culture. However, we welcome all those who are interested in furthering the Kingdom through literature, whether or not they are part of an Anabaptist church. If you are unsure about any aspect of the seminar, please contact us. We would love to see you there!

Registration form:
Online registration
PDF registration (coming soon)

Contact info for the Literature Camp:
Grace Weaver | Registrar
graceweaver@thecuratorblog.org

Mailing address:
The Curator
11608 Greencastle Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21740