2010 Festival Archive

The Vibrant Word:  A Lutheran Festival of Writing

Luther College, Decorah, IA, October 29-31, 2010

Only by living completely in the world can one learn to believe.—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Poet Robert Cording and Novelist Rene Steinke

and Reformation Day Worship Preacher Norene Smith

The Lutheran Festival of Writing is a public event hosted by Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, triennially in the fall.  It brings together poets and writers of fiction and non-fiction who have been shaped by the Lutheran tradition. Through readings, lectures, and panel discussions, the festival aims to highlight this writing for students, faculty, and a wider public, as well as to support and encourage the vocation of serious writing and to cultivate a community of writers in the Lutheran world.

The Festival is for readers and writers—those who love to hear the word (in its largest sense) and to shape it into meaning, power, and beauty, for those who want to enrich and illuminate their lives with stories , poems, essays, and memoirs.  The Festival welcomes established and aspiring writers who are, or have been, associated with the Lutheran denomination.  The Festival also welcomes readers who are looking for a closer connection with writers, to learn more about their writing lives and vocations.  We'll have formal and informal ways for readers to connect with writers.  We also plan an open mike for students and panel discussions including Q & A from participants.  

Featured Authors: To see information about other presenters who were featured at the 2010 festival, click here for returning presenters and here for new featured writers.

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The Lutheran Festival of Writing is sponsored by Luther College and hosted by the Luther College Department of English.

Follow the links below for these pages:

Festival Program Schedule

Panel Discussions

Free Keynote Events for the General Public

Getting to the Festival


Frequently Asked Questions