Writing and the Spirit

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


The Writing and the Spirit Basic CERTIFICATE (6 credits) requires two essential classes, Writing and the Spirit Story Basics (or, coming soon,  Non-Fiction Basics, or Poetry Basics).

The Writing and the Spirit  Basic CERTIFICATE PLUS adds to the Basic Certificate a thorough edit of your final book project, to prepare your creation for its introduction to the world. Click here to be gently persuaded.

The Writing and the Spirit Advanced CERTIFICATE requires the Basic Certificate and 9 additional credits chosen from Core classes.

The Writing and the Spirit Master of Arts CERTIFICATE requires the Advanced Certificate and 15 additional credits selected from Core Classes, Great Ideas classes, and Independent Study in Writing.


Writing and the Spirit (Writing 551): Through reading and experiential exercises, learn how to live 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. 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.

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.

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.


The Necessity of God:  (Literature 560)
Read: Feodor Dostoyevski, The Brothers Karamazov; David Foster Wallace , This is Water; Plato, Phado; Selections from Frederick Coppleston, Aquinus, An Introduction to the Life and Work. Write: Reviews 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.  As these controversies have as yet to be resolved, writers are still called to take a stand. Read: Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound; Nikolay Chernyshevsky, What is to be Done; Friedrich Nietzsche, selections from Thus Spake Zarathustra; Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead; Mary Shelly, Frankenstein; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Feodor Dostoyevski, Crime and Punishment. Write: Reviews and and a final project engaging with the conflict between the human will to power and the Christian value of living in humility.

How Then Should We Live: (Literature 562) Read: Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island; Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, Man’s Search for Meaning
Write: Reviews and a final essay on your life plan.

Evil:  (Literature 563) Where does evil come from? How does evil enter our world? What can be done to minimize evil? Read: M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled and People of the Lie; Dietrich Bonhoffer, The Cost of Discipleship; Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning. Write: Reviews and a final essay or story.

The Way (Literature 564)
Read:Bible, The Gospels; Acts, and Selected Epistles as well as commentary upon the above.
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)
Read:Bible, Daniel, Hosea, Zechariah, 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 of literature, philosophy, and/or religion.Write: Essays concerning how the works read have informed your writing.

Independent Study in Writing (Writing 570) allows students the opportunity to work under the supervision of an established writer while creating and/or revising a book length manuscript.

Please email ken@perelandra.edu with any questions.