I just returned from Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Writing, the fourth time I've attended this event. The next one isn't until 2012. But here's why you should already consider going:
1. It's a place where writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are given permission to talk about God. To hear some of the speakers tell it, no other public event provides them with the same context for reflection on matters of the spirit.
2. It's a place where pastors, theologians and people who talk about God all the time are given permission to to talk mostly about writing.
3. It's always the second week after Easter. . . a lovely time to get away.
4. Tulips, daffodils, redbud, magnolia, forsythia, cherry trees all in bloom simultaneously.
5. You get to hear authors you've read in the flesh and reflect on things you've read in the past.
6. You find out about wonderful writers you've never heard of and look forward to reading a whole raft of new books.
7. See # 4. . . really, those Dutch folk take their flowers seriously.