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Writer’s conference slated for Nov. 4

Writer’s conference slated for Nov. 4

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 6:03 pm

High school students interested in the art of writing are invited to create original works, connect with other young writers and learn from experienced teachers of writing at the annual Young Writers Conference. The conference, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Boling University Center on the UT Martin campus.
Students can attend hands-on workshops taught by UT Martin faculty and visiting writer Betty Palmer Nelson. Workshops are offered in writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, songwriting and collaborative writing.
Special sessions this year include book binding techniques and writing application letters. An open mic session will allow students to read pieces written at the conference or other original works.

The schedule of events is as follows:
 • 8:30-9 a.m. – Check in and registration, Watkins Auditorium, Boling University Center
• 9-10:30  a.m. – Concurrent workshop sessions: Writing Effective Letters of Application; The Bindery; Word Weaving: A Poetry Workshop; Creative Nonfiction: An Emerging Genre; Where Do Ideas Come From?
• 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Concurrent workshop sessions: Creating Authentic Voices and Characters in Fiction; Courting the Muse: A Songwriter’s Workshop; Writing Down the Bones: A Basic Writing Workshop for Every Skill Level; We Wrote it Together: A Collaborative Writing Exploration; Thinking, Feeling and Writing About a Place
• 12:30-1:45 – Lunch and keynote reading by Betty Palmer Nelson, Duncan Ballroom, university center
• 2-3 p.m. – Open mic student reading, Watkins Auditorium, university center

The conference is open to outstanding students recommended by their teachers on the basis of academic achievement and artistic promise. Teachers are encouraged, but are not required, to attend with their students.
The conference fee is $8 for students and $15 for teachers and includes all readings, workshops and the luncheon.
Registration is limited to the first 100 participants. Forms and registration checks payable to UT Martin must be received by Oct. 28.
For more information, contact Dr. Leslie LaChance, associate professor of English, at 881-7296 or by email at lachance@utm.edu.
WCP 10.13.11

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