March 24, 2018

Often, as fallen creatures, we are too close to our own world to see it clearly. Reading good fiction enables us to step back a few paces and look at our world, and ourselves, through a few diferent lenses, gaining a clearler view in our knowledge of God and living a life glorifying to Him.

To this end, please join us for the third-annual Fiction Festival, where we explore and develop the relationship between Christians and Fiction. Our theme this year is Developing Character and Character Development.

We will also have a Children’s Track for ages 3-10. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite literary character!


8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Opening Announcements

9:15-10:15 Session #1

“Reverse Mimesis” Or, Blessed Are Those Who Image the Imaginary by Sean Higgins

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Session #2

“Novel Mirrors: Finding Your Faults in Fictional Figures” by Jonathan Sarr

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 Session #3

“Sculpting Sturdy Standers: Growing Sturdy Kids into Sturdy Men and Women”” by Andy Bowers

12:45-1:30 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Session #4

“Victim or Victor: How Literature Crafts Valiant Women” by Leila Bowers

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Session 5

Question and Answer with all speakers


Andy Bowers Andy is the husband of his beautiful bride Leila Bowers for a little over 13 years and the father of three vibrant and beautiful little princesses. He is a full-time teacher of all kinds at Evangel Classical School and has a penchant for adventure stories on the high seas.

Leila Bowers Leila is happily married to Andrew Bowers and the mother of three dynamic little girls. She studied literature at the University of Washington and University of Virginia, and has taught Literature and Composition at Everett Community College, Puget Sound Christian College, and Northwest University. She now forays full-time into the deep waters of Omnibus and Rhetoric instruction at Evangel Classical School. Visit her blog.

Sean Higgins Sean is the husband of one wife, Mo, and a father of four. When he’s not trying to catch up on all the good books he previously pooh-poohed, he pastors at Trinity Evangel Church and teaches Bible and Latin at Evangel Classical School. Visit his blog.

Jonathan Sarr Jonathan is a pastor at Trinity Evangel Church and headmaster of Evangel Classical School. His love for fiction was fueled early on by the influences of Jack London and Gary Paulsen and grew from there. Jonathan and his wife Sonja have three children. Visit his blog.


  • Regular admission: $40
  • Student admission: $25
  • ECS student admission (grades 5-12/ages 11 and up): $15
  • Youth admission (ages 3-10): $10
  • Family admission (2 adults and unlimited children ages 3-18): $125

Click here to purchase tickets.

Registration includes admission to all sessions, door prizes, and lunch.


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