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Storyformed Conference!


“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot

You are cordially invited to...

The Storyformed Child Conference :: April 12, 2014 :: Sterling, Massachusetts

Hello friends, I am delighted to announce the very first Storyformed conference, the first event I am launching as part of my new venture at For years now, I have wanted to hold a conference on the topic of story; its power, its spiritual significance, and how parents can use it to deeply shape the lives of their children. This conference is the answer to that hope, a day long event in which I will deeply explore the power of great books, the need for beauty, and the vital importance of imagination in the life of a child. Speaking from my own experience as a child deeply formed by story, and my study of children's literature and imagination at Oxford, I truly hope to inspire those who come to a love for story, to an understanding of its soul-forming power, and to a vision of how to create a storyformed home. I'll have new talks, special workshop sessions, and a conference workbook designed to help parents plan for the storyformed life. I hope to leave those who attend with a deep understanding of the power story has to shape, equip, and kindle heroism in the hearts of children.

My dear friend Stephanie is hosting this conference at a local church, and ensuring that it will be a delightful first event. A lovely lunch will be catered (you have three choices at registration), and resources will be available at the conference. My goal is to make this a day to nourish your soul, kindle your own imagination, and immerse you in the beauty of great books.

But register soon! Register by March 8th to receive the limited, special offer of a copy of my new book as part of your registration!

Caught Up In A Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books and Imagination With Your Children is my soon-to-be-published book exploring the power of story and helping parents know how to use that power to shape the hearts of their children. Complete with booklists and short reviews, personal stories, and ideas for bringing literature into the home, this book will companion and encourage parents ready to live the storyformed life with their children. The book will be available at the conference, but early registrants will receive a copy free with their registration.

You can go directly to The Storyformed Child conference website, or click here to register. The website offers an abundance of answers to any questions you might have about the particulars of the event.

I am delighted beyond words to have the opportunity to finally give a full conference on a topic so dear to my heart. I hope this will be the first of many, but I invite you to take part in this very special first event.

So please, spread the word every way you can and let any of your friends in the North East know about this special event! I hope very much to see you there.