June 22-24, 2017

University of Notre Dame

Call for Panel Sessions

In a time when traditional religion is viewed as suspect, passé, or offensive, many authors and artists are uncomfortable talking about their personal religion or spirituality, while others grope for new ways to say “God.” They attempt to articulate an amorphous truth in an “elsewhere beyond language,” in the words of Fanny Howe, but use language to explore their way toward it.

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame—together with Patheos.com and the blog Sick Pilgrim—will bring together both well-known and emerging writers, artists and musicians who are wrestling with religious experience and traditions in new ways. We will feature authors in all literary genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir, fantasy, and science fiction.

Our goal is to reach beyond the usual academic interpreters of culture and appeal to a much broader audience of contemporary working writers and artists of faith. All panels will be 80 minutes long, including up to one hour for panelist presentations and discussion and at least 20 minutes for questions from the audience.



We invite writers from all genres to propose panel sessions. The registration fees for panel speakers will be waived. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:  

·       Minority Writers in the Catholic Milieu

·       Still Writing, Even though Life Keeps Happening

·       Young Adult Literature for the Skeptical Teen

·       Serious Literature in New Media

·       Publishing in a Secular Milieu

·       Expanding the Audience for Religious Literature


Please submit your session proposals below by February 1, 2017 at our Submittables Site. The selection committee will review all proposals and notify you no later than February 28, 2017.