SWL Symposium


The annual Symposium is the Society for Women of Letters’ cornerstone event. In a beautiful, serene setting, we gather for the purpose of intellectual discourse and the forging of community and professional connections among Christian women who value the life of the mind. The Symposium is designed to provide a high value experience for a diversity of thinkers: from lifelong learners and church ministry leaders to professional educators, authors, and scholars. 

The Symposium is held at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove–a stunning conference and retreat venue nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

In addition to a keynote lecture from an invited scholar, the Symposium includes a variety of highly interactive sessions, including facilitated conversations on works read prior to the event and topical lectures with discussion. In addition, attendees can look forward to scenic spots for coffee and conversation, the Kolbitar fireside poetry readings, and the Road to Rivendell prayer walks along the Cove’s beautiful woodland trails.

Symposium attendees enjoy the following: 

  • Three nights in a lovely double-occupancy room in The Cove’s guest lodge 
  • All meals (Thursday evening through Sunday morning) in the award-winning dining room
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and frozen yogurt
  • All Symposium sessions and materials

The all-inclusive package price for 2023 is TBA.

Asheville locals who wish to commute as day guests may contact SWL for pricing information: societyforwomenofletters@gmail.com

PAST SYMPOSIUM:

 The 2022 Symposium theme was Women of Deep Heaven: C.S. Lewis and the Intellectual Life and featured Bluestocking in Residence, Ms. Christiana Hale as the keynote speaker. 

Christiana is a woman of letters with a special interest in C.S. Lewis and the literature of the medieval period through the early modern era. She is the author of Deeper Heaven: A Reader’s Guide to C.S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy and a classical educator. You can read more about Christiana on our Bluestockings in Residence page