Hutchmoot 2012: Session List


After much hand wringing and deliberation, the Hutchmoot 2012 session list is, at last, complete. I’m really excited about our line-up this year which includes good folks like N. D. Wilson, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Andi Ashworth, Steve Taylor, and a few other special guests in addition to our already great cast of speakers.

I get several emails a week in which people plead with me to find a way to record all the sessions and make them available, and while that’s a near impossibility for a number of reasons, we do have plans to get some of them recorded. Which ones? Well, we’ll just have to see how things work out. But we hope to have a meaty chunk of new content for podcasts once Hutchmoot is over—which by the way is only a month away! Wow.

Here’s the final list. The book list is also complete, and all titles are available in the Rabbit Room store.

Adventurous Storytelling: Young Adult author N. D. Wilson and S. D. Smith discuss the powerful draw of adventure in the stories we tell.

The Art of Caring: Author Andi Ashworth and writer Lanier Ivester discuss the importance of creativity in how we care for the people around us.

Recovery Through Song: Musicians Jason Gray, Eric Peters, and Andrew Osenga discuss ways in which music and creativity can be powerful means of spiritual and emotional recovery.

Art in the Kingdom: Pastors Matt Conner, Russ Ramsey, and Thomas McKenzie discuss the unique power and place of the arts within the Church.

Gospel Uses of Comedy: Author Jonathan Rogers and singer-songwriter Andy Gullahorn discuss the use of comedy to communicate the Gospel in unexpected ways.

Tales of the Fall: Musician and author Andrew Peterson and author Travis Prinzi examine the ways in which art continually, and necessarily, retells the story of our fallen world.

The Art of Spiritual Subtext: Author Sarah Clarkson and writer Lanier Ivester discuss the delicate tension of spiritually-informed storytelling and how authors like Elizabeth Goudge and Evelyn Waugh avoid crossing the line into preachiness.

Productive Collaboration: A number of artists who have collaborated together discuss the pitfalls, highlights, and methods of working with one another creatively. Speakers include Don and Lori Chaffer—the husband and wife band better known as Waterdeep, producers Cason Cooley and Ben Shive—the production team behind Andrew Peterson’s Light for the Lost Boy, and Ron Block and Rebecca Reynolds who have worked together long-distance-style to write Ron Block’s newest album.

Playing with Words: Children’s author Jennifer Trafton will lead a writing workshop using some of the fun-filled methods and activities she employs for teaching creative writing to kids. Come prepared to stretch your imagination. No writing experience or aptitude necessary.

The Cinematic Imagination: Filmmaker/musician Steve Taylor (Blue Like Jazz), producer Chris Wall (VeggieTales), and filmmaker/songwriter/author Doug McKelvey (Centricity U) discuss the value of cinema in our culture and the ways in which it informs and shapes the imagination.

The Theology of Theatre: Greg Greene and Wes Driver, the creative team behind Nashville’s Blackbird Theater Company, discuss the history of theatre as an early form of worship, the ways in which the theatre arts are analogous to the Incarnation, and ways in which audiences can best engage the theatre from a Christian perspective.

The Ragamuffin Legacy: Musician/author Andrew Peterson and musician/producer Ben Shive look back on the work of Rich Mullins and discuss the lasting impact of his life and music.

Tales of New Creation: Author A. S. Peterson, author Jennifer Trafton, and pastor Thomas McKenzie discuss the importance of art and story within a fallen world and how our daily acts of creation are signposts pointing toward the world to come.

Art in the Family: Author Sally Lloyd-Jones, writer S. D. Smith, author Sarah Clarkson, and musician Randall Goodgame discuss the importance of engaging the arts within the context of everyday family life.

Illustrating Wonder: VeggieTales producer Chris Wall will lead illustrator Justin Gerard in a discussion and demonstration of the methods he has used to create his many awe-inspiring works.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. Dan Foster

    Ya know, up til now I’ve been able to pooh-pooh the fact that I’m not going this year. “Oh, it’s not a big deal” I thought. “Afterall, I was at the first ever Hutchmoot (go me), and I’m not really a ‘creative’ anyway. Who cares.”

    But now, indeed, I’m starting to feel sad. I mean, Steve Taylor and N.D. Wilson too? Are you kidding me? This thing is just nuts.

    I’m sure to rub it in, next you’ll tell me that Steve Taylor’s going to pull out some “Meltdown” of “Squint” gems as he joins the in-the-round concert. Or maybe he’ll sing “It’s Harder to Believe than Not to” and Jonathan Rogers will give a lecture on what Flannery O’Connor meant by that quote. Or maybe Flannery herself will be there (but I think she’s dead).

  2. Carin Meerdink

    It’s killing me that I had to turn down waiting list tickets this week. It’s a good thing this summary hadn’t come out yet, or I never would have been able to be so responsible! This does mean I get first dibs on next year, right? = )

  3. Paula Shaw

    If you are able to record the Recovery Through Song session, please do! I would love to be able to listen to it. Thanks. 🙂

  4. James Witmer

    I am blessed to be going this year, and I’m still going to miss sessions I want to see… unless there is a spiritual gift of bi-location I could be blessed with.

    Great job setting up quality sessions, Hutch-masters.

  5. Hwin

    I’m insanely jealous!!! PLEASE record the Art of Storytelling and The Cinematic Imagination!!! 🙂

  6. anna

    oh! recorded sessions would be *wonderful*! living on the other side of the planet kinda puts a damper on my plans to attend… which is sad, because even without the community aspect of it, it sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time!

  7. Aimee

    Just mentioning that at larger homeschool conventions the sessions are recorded and then sold as cd’s (or digital of course) after, so recording all of the sessions could benefit all of us, plus the rabbit room! I’ll be at hutchmoot, but it will still be incredibly hard to pick one class per session…

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