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I am available for one, two, or three-day special speaking engagements on a wide range of topics involving C. S. Lewis, including not only his Narnian tales, but Lewis as teacher, mentor, counselor, theologian, and baseball card collector. (Or, maybe not that last one.) One ready-to-go inclusive weekend seminar package on Lewis is described below.

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.

Workshop Leader: Dr. Bruce L. Edwards

The workshop founder/presenter is taught by Professor Bruce L. Edwards, 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 serves as Associate Dean for Distance Education and International Programs. 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. Dr. Edwards was 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 features Lewis's works in his undergraduate and graduate classes at Bowling Green State University.

Workshop Topics:

  • How best to read Lewis in order to become more fully acquainted with his many-faceted career.
  • writing techniques and how they serve the interests of writers 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 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.
Who should enroll in this workshop?
  • 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-day seminar: $1000.00 (if it includes an additional travel day before or after the workshop, add $500.00); two-day seminar/workshop: $1500.00 (if it includes additional travel day before or after workshop, add $500). But I have come for less, depending upon the budget, expectations, etc. of the organization sponsoring the event. (Some planners charge admission or workshop fees, others do not.)

For more info:

Dr. Bruce L. Edwards
Associate Dean for Distance Education & International Programs
14 College Park
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
FAX: 419-372-8667
PHONE: 419-372-7302




Into the Wardrobe: The C. S. Lewis WWW Page: the most versatile and popular resource.

C. S. Lewis Foundation: a major foundation supporting scholarship and seminars on C. S. Lewis.

Harper Collins Lewis Site: News on various books and available study guides.

Narnia Movie Site: News on the Upcoming Narnia Movie

Publisher's Narnia Site: News on Narnia books, excerpts, teacher helps.

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