The Writers Cabin project at Camp Tilikum

Coming soon. A quiet place with a view for working on your next worthy writing project.

Richard Foster and his family lived at Tilikum in the 1970’s when he was on the pastoral team at Newberg Friends Church. During these years he wrote the book, Celebration of Discipline in this peaceful setting. From this connection to Tilikum, the idea came to develop a special place for Christian writers. Below is a letter from Richard Foster endorsing the project.

Dear Friend,

Tilikum’s staff, Nathan Foster and I have been working together on a proposed “Christian Writers Cabin.” It is a contemporary expression of the ancient practice of a patron of the arts. In contemporary society, film is the medium with the greatest impact; the Internet is the medium that is the most pervasive; but the written word is the medium with the greatest precision and permanence, and, when done correctly, can have enormous influence upon both film and the Internet. Today, writers of Christian conviction really do need our support and encouragement. They need space and time that is free from distractions. They need uncluttered opportunities to think, to pray and to write – you could even use the opportunity of having zero distractions to plan how to market your book to its intended audience. They need the vision to wrestle honestly with the complexities of the human condition. And, they need the skills to articulate those realities in ways that are crisp and clear and imaginative. I know personally how difficult it is to create an overall environment that is conducive to writing. The “Writers Cabin” can become a wonderful resource for serious writers by creating just such an environment. I hope you will help bring Tilikum’s vision into reality.

Peace and joy,

Richard J. Foster

writers-cabin-plans-camp-tilikumWriters Cabin amenities

  • all the charm of a small lakeside cabin
  • private bedroom and bath
  • living room and kitchen
  • wood Stove
  • large windows with a lake view
  • private lakeside balcony
  • large selection of devotional classics and Richard Foster books
  • special table for writing project materials

These amenities were designed by Richard Foster to create the ideal place to facilitate writing, eliminate distractions and inspire guests to hear God’s voice.

camp-tilikum-writers-cabin-groundbreakingWriters Cabin project

Ground breaking for this project began in the spring of 2018. The projected budget totals $41,000, including utilities, foundation, construction, and listed amenities, and the cabin is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.

Consider supporting the Writers Cabin project

We are so thankful for God’s provision and the thousands of families who have believed in Tilikum’s ministry since 1971. Consider how you might be able to support this important project.


Donate in one of the following ways:

  • make your check payable to Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Road, Newberg, OR 97132
  • electronic funds transfer (EFT), download the Tilikum Electronic Funds Transfer form
  • a credit card donation by calling Dennis Littlefield at (503) 538-2763, ext 103
  • a credit card donation online by clicking the button below…

Writers Cabin rental

Thanks to a special scholarship fund, this facility will be rent free to Christian writers who are working on a writing project and, when the schedule allows, will be available to others to rent for personal retreats.


For more information about the Writers Cabin project email Dennis Littlefield/Executive Director, or call Dennis at (503) 538-2763 ext. 103.

To inquire about reserving the Writers Cabin for your writing project or for a personal retreat, email Suzanne Maki/Guest Services Director, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763, ext. 101,

Questions about the Writers Cabin project?

Click the icon above to email Suzanne Maki/Guest Services Director, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763 ext. 101.

Donate to the Writers Cabin project.