Festival of Faith & Writing Student Committee

The Festival of Faith & Writing Student Committee

What do student committee members do?

  • Host Festival speakers on campus
  • Meet other students who love books, art, & culture
  • Extend hospitality to the readers that attend Festival, both over the three days they join us on campus and as we plan for the party
  • Gain skills in communications, event planning, hospitality, and administration

If you love reading or writing, if you're interested in volunteering to help put on a major literary conference, and if you're a Calvin student enrolled in the fall & spring semesters of Festival, the Center for Faith & Writing has been waiting for you!

Over the years, many amazing writers have joined us at the Festival: Anthony Doerr, Maya Angelou, Elie Wiesel, Chaim Potok, Kwame Alexander, Kate Bowler, Marilynne Robinson, Madeleine L'Engle, Zadie Smith, Kate DiCamillo, Anne Lamott, and Katherine Paterson, to name only a few. 

In 2026, you can sign up to be on the committee and to host one of our speakers throughout their time at Calvin.

Student Committee Members

Hudson-Townsend Student Fellows

Hudson-Townsend Student Fellow

The Hudson-Townsend Student Fellowships are a core element of the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing.

Appointed each year, Student Fellows receive extensive training and mentoring in work centered on the contemporary world of letters—both professionally (producing texts through writing, editing, publishing; media production; marketing communications and business writing; etc.) and philosophically (researching speakers and thinking about issues in contemporary literature, particularly those related to faith). Our Fellows are truly amazing! If you are a current or prospective Calvin University student and interested in working as a Student Fellow, start by joining the Festival of Faith & Writing Student Committee.