C-SC hosts annual Young Writers’ Conference for the ninth year
Monday, March 01, 2010
The ninth annual Culver-Stockton College Young Writers’ Conference on Wednesday, March 24 will feature workshops presented by published writers and a keynote address by novelist Leslie Wyatt. This conference, open to area high school students, will be modeled on the many one-day conferences that give professional writers the opportunity to meet one another, hear presentations by successful writers, participate in creative activities, and receive critiques of their work.
This year’s participants will also learn about new trends in poetry from poets Michael Theune, Matt Guenette, and Chip Corwin. Additionally, there will be an awards ceremony and a haiku-writing contest.
Wyatt is the author of the recently-published novel Poor Is Just a Starting Place, based on the experiences of her grandmother during the Great Depression. Her keynote address to attendees is entitled “Why Write?” and will be followed by a keynote reading by Theune, Guenette, and Corwin.
Theune teaches creative writing at Illinois Wesleyan University, Guenette is a published poet residing in Madison, Wis., and Corwin teaches English at Heartland Community College.
Culver-Stockton English professors Steven Long and Lee Hammer will also conduct workshops and English professor Ron Stormer, will judge the haiku contest. The conference will conclude with door prizes and awards for the best writing of the day.
“This annual writers’ conference for high school students gets better and better every year,” said Carolyn Kane, C-SC English professor emeritus and chair of the event. “Last year we hosted nearly 200 students from numerous high schools including Canton, Hamilton, Hannibal, Keokuk, Quincy, Quincy Notre Dame, Payson-Seymour, Palmyra, and Schuyler. It’s a great opportunity for students to network with professional writers, learn various writing techniques and improve their writing skills.”
Admission to the conference is free, and lunch will be complimentary. Anyone who has questions or who wishes to make a reservation should call Gaye Redd in the Admissions office at 800-537-1883 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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