The Writers Cabin project at Camp Tilikum

Coming soon. A quiet place with a view for working on your next worthy 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. 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 was spring of 2018. The budget for the project totals $34,000, including utilities, foundation, construction, and listed amenities. The Writers Cabin is expected to be completed late fall 2019.


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 project.


Consider a donation one of the following ways

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


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

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.

Questions about the Writers Cabin project?

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