Writing and the Spirit



The Perelandra College Writing and the Spirit program exists to provide skills, wisdom and, especially, access to inspiration, which all together equip writers to create captivating works of lasting value.


Master of Arts CERTIFICATE in Writing and the Spirit: 30 standard college semester credits. Each credit obliges the student to about 45 hours of active participation including reading, writing, and communicating with the professor. These credits will include:

Core: 15 credits of writing selected from the following 3 credit classes:

Writing and the Spirit (Writing 551): Through reading and experiential exercises, learn how to live and love in ways most compatible with becoming inspired.

Story Basics (Writing 552): Develop skills in writing fiction and non-fiction stories within an open yet effective structure that not only offers room for but also invites inspiration.

Poetry Basics (Writing 502): Approach poetry emphasizing ways to use the language more effectively in all modes of writing. The course includes readings from exemplary Christian poets such as Thomas Merton, Sor Juana de La Cruz, and T.S. Elliot.

Love and the Spirit (Writing 554): Through reading books such as Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love and C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves, learn how to love better;  to love individuals, love strangers, love your readers, love your created characters, and love your work.

Inspired Short Works (Writing 555): While reading selected short works of fiction, essay, poetry, and philosophy, discover conditions of heart, circumstances, and mind that allowed inspiration free rein.

Inspired Major Works (Writing 556): Learn from the masters. Through reading and reflection, gain an intimate knowledge of the working of master Christian artists and how their lives and attitudes informed their creative processes.

Writing “Anointed” Sermons (Writing 557): Read and analyze inspired sermons asking at what points did the Holy Spirit speak through them, and write sermons asking and how might you successfully invite the Spirit’s participation.

Writing Devotionals (Writing 558): By reading a variety of devotional collections, engage your imagination and develop a sense for what makes an effective devotion, then open your heart and mind and create a collection of your own.

15 additional credits to be chosen from the above Core classes; our Great Ideas curriculum; our Independent Study in Literature electives; or our Independent Study in Writing option, in which students create book-length works.

GREAT IDEAS classes currently offered.

The Necessity of God:  (Literature 560)
Feodor Dostoyevski, The Brothers Karamazov
David Foster Wallace ,“This is Water”
Plato, Phado
Frederick Coppleston, Aquinus, An Introduction to the Life and Work Write: A review of each text and a final essay on the topic “Is God Necessary”.

The Quest for Superman:  (Literature 561) Historians have contended that the great movements, events, and catastrophes of the twentieth century — the rise and fall of communism, the holocaust and others — were foretold by the controversies of 19th century philosophy and literature embodied in Friedrich Nietzsche’s advocacy of the Superman and in Fyodor’s Dostoyevski’s fictional murderer Raskolnikov. As these controversies have as yet to be resolved, writers are still called to take a stand.

Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus
Nikolay Chernyshevsky, What is to be Done
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
Mary Shelly, Frankenstein
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Feodor Dostoyevski, Crime and Punishment
Write: A review of each work and a final project engaging with conflict between the human will to power and the Christian value of living in humility.

How Then Should We Live: (Literature 562)
Henry David Thoreau, Walden;
Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
Write: A review of each book and a final essay detailing how one of all of the texts changed (or failed to change) your attitude toward living.

All About Evil:  (Literature 563)
Where does evil come from? How does evil enter our world? What can be done to minimize evil?
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled
M. Scott Peck, People of the Lie
Dietrich Bonhoffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Write: A review on each of the texts and a long essay or novella length work of fiction showing realistic view of how we might combat evil in our daily lives.

The Way (Literature 564)
Bible, The Gospels
Bible, Acts
Bible, The Epistles
Commentary on the above to be selected by the professor
Write: An essay on each of the gospels and on at least three epistles concerning what new insights came or following this reading.

The End (Literature 565)
Bible, Daniel
Bible, Hosea
Bible, Zechariah
Bible, Revelation
Ron Rhodes, Bible Prophecy Answer Book
Write: A review of each Biblical book, and outline and synopsis of a book you might write predicting the future of our world.


Independent Study in Literature:  (Literature 570)
Read: Works to be chosen in collaboration between the student and the professor. Masterworks of literature, philosophy, and/or religion are read, reflected upon, and discussed emphasizing the inspiration that made them masterworks

Independent Study in Writing (Writing 570) allows students the opportunity to work under the supervision of an established writer while creating and revising the project they have been working toward during the previous classes

Please email ken@perelandra.edu with any questions.