S212. Writing God: Craft, Language, and Sacred Experience

Room 609, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Mystical awareness, spiritual insight, and religious experience offer challenges to the writer, which push the creative process to the limits of language, imagination, religious tradition, and cultural acceptance. Panelists will address issues of inspiration, craft, and publication from perspectives of the editor, poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and teacher. Panelists represent eclectic perspectives from the Christian literary tradition; however, the discussion will extend beyond Christianity.



Nathaniel Hansen is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Editor of Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, he directs the Windhover Writers’ Festival. He is also founder and editor of the online literary quarterly, the Blue Bear Review.

Michael Olin-Hitt is a Professor of English at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. He has published three books, The Homeoing: A Novel, A Fish Made of Water, and The Word of God Upon My Lips. His short fiction has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, the Nebraska Review, and Windhover.

Kathleen Norris is the author of Journey: New & Selected Poems, 1969-1999, and memoirs including Acedia & Me, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, The Cloister Walk, and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. She serves as an editorial advisor to Image, Christian Century, and Give Us This Day.

Brett Foster is the author of two poetry collections, The Garbage Eater and Fall Run Road. His writing has appeared in Boston Review, Image, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Shenandoah, and Southwest Review. He teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature at Wheaton College.

Nan Merrick Phifer demonstrates writing workshops for the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon and leads workshops for writers’ groups, religious organizations, libraries, retreats, and continuing education programs. Her book, Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, won two awards and extensive praise.


February 7–10, 2024
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