About C.S. Lewis Academy
The CS Lewis Academy is a ministry of Write Create with the expressed purpose of facilitating a literary education community that engages families, trains and equips parents as they seek to educate their own children in the Liberal Arts, Disciple them in the Christian faith and seek to creatively engage the world – because a “Creative God made creative people”.
The “Academy” is technically a Homeschool co-op, though run very differently from most, using an Oxford Model Tutorial system. All parents are required to give of their time, talents, ability and finances to make the co-op run. Tuition/Membership is shared costs for hiring Tutors, speakers, books and school infrastructure.
Oxford Model Program
The tutorial system of education has its roots in the Liberal Arts tradition and is still utilized at Oxford and Cambridge. Apart from regular lectures, classroom instruction, labs and larger group classes students meet in small group setting with Tutors. The Tutors give direct feedback on student work, instruct in areas of need and assign further work in consultation with the primary teachers of the students (The parents and/or guardians). At CS Lewis Academy the Lead Tutors both give larger group instruction, direct the parent teachers and meet in small groups for direct feedback for students.
All Tutors and Teachers of the CS Lewis Academy must adhere to the Mission and Statement of Faith of Write/Create, INC. The Tutors are professional educators who help organize, guide and structure the content and academic programs being offered at the Co-op. All the traditional Liberal Arts will be covered but with a heavy emphasis on Christianity, the arts, literature and Harkness discussion.
The Namesake of CS Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptized in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England". Lewis's faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularized on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations.
In 1956, Lewis married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 from renal failure, one week before his 65th birthday. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honored with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.
The Inklings of Oxford University
The Inklings was a literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford. Among its members, mostly academics at the university, were J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Hugo Dyson, Robert Havard, Nevill Coghill, John Wain, and Warren "Warnie" Lewis (C. S. Lewis's older brother). It met from the middle of the 1930s until the late 1940s. There were other regular visitors as well.
The Inklings were literary conservatives who praised the value of narrative in fiction and encouraged the writing of fantasy. Christian values are also notably reflected in their work. As was typical for university literary groups in their time and place, the Inklings were all male. The mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers, who is sometimes claimed as an Inkling, was a friend of Lewis and Williams, but never attended Inklings meetings regularly.
Readings and discussions of the members' unfinished works was common in the group. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, and Williams's All Hallows Eve were among the novels first read to the Inklings.
Inklings readings and discussions were usually held on Thursday evenings in C. S. Lewis's college rooms at Magdalen College. The Inklings were also known to gather at a local pub, The Eagle and Child, known to them as The Bird and Baby. Contrary to common belief, they did not read their manuscripts in the pub. Later meetings were held at The Lamb and Flag across the street, but The Eagle and Child has kept the distinction of being their meeting place.
The name Inklings was originally associated with a club at University College, founded by the then undergraduate Edward Tangye Lean about 1931. It consisted of students and dons, among them Tolkien and Lewis. Members met to read aloud the unpublished compositions. When Lean left Oxford in 1933, the club died, and its name was transferred by Tolkien and Lewis to their group at Magdalen. On the connection between the two Inklings societies, Tolkien later said "although our habit was to read aloud compositions of various kinds (and lengths!), this association and its habit would in fact have come into being at that time, whether the original short-lived club had ever existed or not."
Administration of the Co op.
Write/Create INC is a 501c(3) religious public charity. All gifts and donations are tax deductible. Write/Create has a Board of Trustees and a CEO. The administration of the Co-op and all facets of the CS Lewis Academy are directed by the Write/Create Scholar-in-Residence who is appointed by the Board and CEO. The Scholar-in-Residence acts as the Head Tutor and supervisor of instruction, administration and community life.
CSLA meets at Westside Fellowship Church near Barker-Cypress and Clay.
Get directions here: https://www.westsidefc.org/site/location