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Aspiring young writers sought for conference

Aspiring young writers sought for conference

Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 11:20 am

The Messenger 10.02.08

A conference designed for high school students who want hands-on experience in writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, songwriting and online writing is planned for Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The conference workshops will be taught by UT Martin faculty and visiting writer Beth Lordan.
Other events will include a luncheon, a reading by Lordan and an open mic reading for students. Students will have the opportunity to read works created during the conference or other original writing created at home or in school. Throughout the day, students will create pieces of writing, connect with other young writers from the region and learn from outstanding writers and teachers of writing.
The conference registration fee is $5 for students and $10 for teachers and includes all workshops, readings and a luncheon. The conference is open to students recommended by their teachers on the basis of academic achievement and artistic promise. Teachers are encouraged, but are not required, to attend along with their students. Teachers are asked to follow their school policies in arranging for parent/guardian permissions for students who will be attending the conference.
Registration is limited to 100 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. A registration form and check for the conference fee made payable to UT Martin must be received by Oct. 27. For a copy of the brochure or to register online, go to
The conference is sponsored by the Department of English.
For more information, contact Dr. Leslie LaChance, associate professor of English, at or call (731) 881-7296.

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