Clive Staples Lewis was a celebrated Anglo-Irish novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, lay theologian and Christian apologist whose impact and influence lives on.

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How to Schedule Me For a C. S. Lewis Event for 2015-16

I am pleased to announce four new seminars are available for scheduling in 2015-16:

Reading the Bible With C. S. Lewis

Four Lively Friday-Saturday sessions cover these topics:

  • The Authority of Scripture and the Ancient Tradition
  • How Lewis Makes the Word Flesh and Fresh
  • How Lewis Counseled with Scripture
  • How Scripture Informs Lewis’s Work and Legacy

  • Sailing with the “Dawn Treader”: Narnian Adventures in Discipleship

    Four Inspiring Friday-Saturday sessions cover these topics:

  • From Prince to King: What to Learn From Caspian’s Discipleship
  • How Not to Repent: The Curious Case of Eustace Clarence Scrubb
  • Courage Under Fire: The Life and Times of Reepicheep
  • Narnian Apologetics: How to Move from Here to Eternity

  • Heaven Around Every Corner: How The Problem of Pain and The Great Divorce Teach Us About Living Here and Hereafter.

    Four Challenging Friday-Saturday sessions cover these topics:

  • Why We Don’t Talk About Heaven and Hell—and Why Lewis Did
  • Preparing for Eternity: The Divine Invasion
  • Why Doors Of Hell Are “Locked on the Inside”
  • “Heaven is Not a State of Mind”: Looking at and Looking Along Heaven

  • Guarding Your Heart: Reason and Imagination in C. S. Lewis

    Four Lively Friday-Saturday sessions cover these topics:

  • Seeing With the Heart: Reason and Imagination in the Life of C. S. Lewis
  • Writing with the Heart: Principles for Winsome Biography and Memoir in the Work of C. S. Lewis
  • Teaching with the Heart: Educating the Soul With the Companionship of C. S. Lewis
  • Learning with the Heart: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Metaphor

  • For more info about scheduling me, EMAIL ME HERE

    I am also available for one, two, or three-day general speaking engagements on a wide range of topics under the heading, “UNDERSTANDING C. S. Lewis”. it is sort of a “best of” Lewis Seminar and Sampler!

    Understanding C. S. Lewis Workshop

    How would you like to spend a few days with C. S. Lewis and a few of his friends?

    This workshop may be the next best thing! The Understanding C. S. Lewis workshop is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to one of the 20th Century’s most versatile and engaging thinkers and writers: Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963).

    General readers, aspiring writers, teachers, pastors, and other professionals will gain insights into Lewis’s prowess as a literary scholar, science-fiction novelist, Christian apologist, and children’s fantasist.

    The workshop founder/presenter is Professor Bruce L. Edwards, the editor of the recently published and highly acclaimed four volume reference set, C S Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, and the author of four books on C. S. Lewis, including the current Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual World of Narnia (Tyndale, $12.95) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Broadman and Holman, $12.95); he was a contributing editor to the C. S. Lewis: A Reader’s Encyclopedia (Zondervan, 1998); and author of numerous articles on the life and work of Lewis. Dr. Edwards, an ordained minister, was Director of BGSU’s graduate program in English for six years (1991-97), and now is Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Lewis at the University of Texas at Austin (1981). He is thoroughly familiar with Lewis’s varied career, and has lectured widely on Lewis’s life and times at universities and churches across the U. S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, and, East Africa.

    One ready-to-go inclusive weekend seminar package on Lewis is described below. Other topics are readily available. Here are two sets of comments from the evaluations submitted from recent engagements:

    “It was a day well spent”; “Very lively excellent presenter”; “Bruce is so well versed in C.S.Lewis and he is able to communicate his enthusiasm as well as his knowledge“; “Encouraged me to read more C.S.Lewis and encouraged me to grow in community”; “Excellent personable speaker”; “I never had an appreciation for C.S.Lewis but liked Narnia, now I will read him, study him and share him.”

    “Dr. Bruce Edwards has a unique ability to communicate the joy, vitality, and theological depths of C.S. Lewis’ works to a diverse audience of both experts and laypersons. His multimedia presentations include detailed analyses of selected works as well as engaging digressions into the lesser known personal aspects of C.S. Lewis’ life. Dr. Edwards allows ample time for discussion and to answer questions from the audience. I highly, and without any hesitation, recommend Dr. Bruce Edwards as a main speaker or part of a lecture series.”

    Dr. Edwards is a C. S. Lewis Fellow, and taught the Summer Seminar for the C. S. Lewis Foundation at Lewis’s former home, The Kilns, near Oxford, England during the summer of 2004. He regularly featured Lewis’s works in his undergraduate and graduate classes at Bowling Green State University. Online courses on Lewis are regularly offered for credit. Contact him below for more information.

    Typical Workshop Topics (and we can add more):

    • Writing a life: reflections on C. S. Lewis’s biography, and the biographies that have been written about him.
    • How best to read Lewis in order to become more fully acquainted with his many-faceted career.
    • Lewis’s Writing techniques and how they serve the interests of aspiring authors and teachers.
    • Lewis’s early childhood and adolescence and the impact events therein had on his conversion and adult literary career.
    • The relationship between Lewis’s apologetics, his literary criticism, and his fiction.
    • How to teach Lewis in the school, college, or church classroom, and why he may be the West’s most important cultural critic at the end of the 20th Century.
    • What the devotional reader of Lewis should know about his scholarly works.
    • Who to read and not read about Lewis’s work.
    • Who influenced Lewis’s writing and how he has influenced other careers.
    • Lewis’s relationships with the Inklings, that band of writers, including Tolkien, who critiqued each other’s work–and ideas.
    • The true story of “Shadowlands” and how Lewis’s relationship with Joy Gresham affected both of them, both spiritually and socially.
    • How to pursue publishable, popular, and scholarly work on Lewis and the Inklings.

    For more seminar topics, contact me at MY EMAIL ADDRESS

    • Lewis enthusiasts and aspiring writers who would like a more global knowledge of his life and work, and who would enjoy meeting like-minded others and engage in mutual, thoughtful inquiry.
    • Teachers who would like to know better how to introduce their students to Lewis and use his works in their classrooms.
    • Pastors and church education directors who would like to understand the foundations of Lewis’s thought and their relationship to contemporary theology.


    My terms include all travel expenses, meals, and accommodations paid, and an honorarium that is negotiable, but, as a guideline, here are my “usual rates”:

    • one evening lecture: $1000.00;
    • one-day seminar (two or more lectures): $1500.00 (if it includes an additional travel day before or after the workshop, add $500.00);
    • two-day seminar/workshop: $2000.00 (if it includes additional travel day before or after workshop, add $500). (Some planners charge admission or workshop fees, others do not. Don’t be afraid. Let’s talk.)

    For more info:

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