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We don't retreat, we advance! 

Each year, we gather a group of writers and creatives for a time of refreshing, renewal, and reactivation. Participants discover an open portal of creativity and a deeper sense of their assignment as Kingdom writers and creatives. Whether it's in the local mountains of Southern California, the grounds where Tolkien and Lewis walked in Oxford, England, or other locations across the globe, the experience is life-changing.


As we expand across the nation and abroad, we are blessed to be able to offer events across these locations through our local chapters.


This regional Kingdom Writers and Creatives ADVANCE is for those who desire to progress to the next level in their calling to create and write for the Lord. This multi-day Advance includes training, creative exercises and activations, and inspirational excursions to the Ark Encounter (full-scale replica of Noah's Ark), Cane Ridge Meeting House (site of the 2nd Great Awakening), Cumberland Falls (the Niagara of the South), and Mill Springs Mill. The Advance ends with a powerful commissioning ceremony. 


KWA and KCI Directors Brae and Jill Wyckoff, along with special guest speakers, bring an unparalleled Holy Spirit-driven event that will encounter participants and advance them personally, creatively, and spiritually to carry out their calling for such a time as this.


The Wyckoffs have been leading an annual Advance in Idyllwild, CA, for the past eight years, and now, for the first time, they're extending beyond CA to the beautiful state of KY. 


Somerset, KY, home of beautiful Lake Cumberland, is located in the south-central area of the state, an hour and a half south of Lexington, KY, and north of Knoxville, TN. There are a number of hotels and vacation rentals in the area, plenty of local eateries, and a lovely downtown area.


The Advance will be held at Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF), 1156 Oak Hill Road, Somerset, KY, 42503. VCF is the home of our local KWA Chapter, and Pastor Chris Edwards is passionate about championing Kingdom writers and creatives. Brae and Jill are blessed to call VCF their church home when they're in Somerset and know that participants will be inspired by the anointed atmosphere there.


Registration includes:

  • Training

  • Materials

  • Dinner Wednesday Night

  • Breakfast and Lunch on Friday and Saturday

  • Entrance to the Ark Encounter (lunch at the Ark is on your own, $17pp or $15 for seniors, as of 12/2023). 

  • Transportation to planned excursions for the first 25 registrants (ride-sharing encouraged beyond that)


Participants are invited to stay an optional day, Sunday, April 21, and join us for 10:30 a.m. service at Victory Christian Fellowship and lunch (transportation and lunch on your own). 

(Please note that there is a lot of walking).


Registration Fee, KWA Members $300

Registration, Non-Members $350

Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Deposit $100

Final Balance Due: April 5th, 2024 (you can make payments)

Airport options: LEX Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY (1h30m to Somerset)

SDF Louisville, KY (2h15m to Somerset)

TYS Knoxville, TN McGhee Tyson Airport (2h15m to Somerset)


Hotels and Vacation Rentals: Google search for what you need. Somerset is a small town of 13k people, so anywhere you stay will be close enough to the event location, Victory Christian Fellowship, 1156 Oak Hill Road, Somerset, KY 42503.


Please note that we do not arrange accommodations and/or ride-sharing/transportation (except where stated above). Registrants are responsible for making their own arrangements.   

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AUGUST 3-10, 2024

Oxford, UK, "The City of Dreaming Spires”

For Lewis, “Oxford was five parts intellect and rationality, and five parts mystery and imagination.”

Join us for this life-changing journey to the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford, UK. For one week, you will be immersed in the magical land that birthed such giants as C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, among many others. We will walk the same cobblestone streets they did, visit the same local spots they frequented, and walk the famous ‘Addison’s Walk’ where CS Lewis encountered the Holy Spirit. We will visit the homes and graves of each literary hero. There will be customized tours for our group, which include The Kilns (C.S. Lewis home), The Holy Trinity Church (C.S. Lewis church), Oxford University (Magdalen College), Blackwell Bookshop, and much more. Mark Stibbe, an award-winning author and dear friend of KWA whose father was mentored directly by CS Lewis, will be joining us. We will have some teaching and training, but the deepest impact will come from experiencing all that Oxford has to offer. This thin place for creativity will inspire you to your next level. Register early, as space is limited to 12 people.


Let’s go!



Tentative Itinerary: (Each day includes open time for personal activities)

8/2         Outbound Flight
8/3         Arrive in London, transport to hotel in Oxford

                (bus or Uber),
                Dinner / Welcome / Logistics meeting
                Go downtown to get bus passes
Breakfast Gathering
                Blackwell’s Bookshop Tour (11:30a)
8/5         Breakfast / Morning Meetings
                Downtown, Eagle & Child Pub

                (Inklings Gathering Place)
8/6         Breakfast / Morning Meetings
                C.S. Lewis Home Tour (11a)
                Holy Trinity Church Tour &

                Lewis Gravesite (12:30 / 1p)
8/7         Breakfast / Morning Meetings
                Guided Walking Tour of Oxford &

                Addison’s Walk
8/8         Breakfast / Morning Meetings
                JRR Tolkien Gravesite
                Inklings Tour
8/9         Breakfast
                Free Day to Explore
8/10       Breakfast
                Homebound Flight


Fly into London Heathrow (LHR) 
to arrive on August 3rd. Note, if you are flying from the USA most flights arrive the next day, so you will be leaving on the 2nd to arrive on the 3rd. Please plan accordingly wherever you are flying from, please make sure you arrive on the 3rd and check into the hotel with us on the 3rd.

Once in London, you will need to take the bus or get an Uber/Taxi to Oxford/our hotel (we will give you the hotel address once you register so you can plan accordingly).

We will be checking out of the hotel on August 10th and heading home. Some people have extended their stay to travel in Europe, so plan out your trip, but the 10th ends our KWA/KCI time together.

We strongly encourage everyone to get flight insurance. 

And please check your passports to make sure they're up to date.

(Please note that there is a lot of walking).


Cost per person: $2950.00 (double occupancy) / $3650.00 (single occupancy).

Registration includes hotel, breakfast, tours, and training sessions. Registration does not include airfare, transportation to and from the hotel and airport, lunch and dinner, a weekly bus pass, from the hotel into Oxford City Center, and any personal purchases or tours.

Downpayment:  Non-refundable/non-transferrable downpayment: $350 (remaining balance due by July 1st, 2024).

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. Registrants will share a room with one other person of the same sex. If you prefer a private room, then please email to secure your room. The cost for a private room is $700 above the $2950. 

Payment Plan:  Come up with an ongoing payment plan that works for you and ensures the final balance by July 1.  Please let us know your plan for payment(s). To make balance payments, please pay through the "donate" button at the bottom of the page and notate what the payment is for upon checkout.

Checks:  Payable to Kingdom Writers Association, mail to PO Box 2292, Vista, CA 92085.

Credit Card/Paypal:  Go to Add 3% credit card/debit fee (ex: full payment of $2950 would be an additional $88.50 to cover credit card fees).

Venmo:  @Kingdom-Writers.   

Zelle: Contact for Zelle payment instructions.

Lock in your spot today and come out to Oxford with us on this life-changing trip! 

"Thank you, thank you! From the depths of my spirit. Thank you! I knew I had to go to the Kingdom Writer's Advance as soon as I saw the post. I arrived without knowing anyone but left knowing that I was part of a beautiful, new community. The atmosphere you both cultivated on the mountain was welcoming, genuine and liberating. Every moment was taken into consideration. Every person celebrated. You cannot put a price on the gifts of God and they were abundant under your loving leadership. God bless you for your faithfulness to His calling."   - Donna A

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