The main purpose of The Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Conference is to provide workshops on the craft of writing prose and poetry as well as pedagogy workshops for high school teachers on using creative writing techniques to teach writing skills. The craft workshops are led by nationally acclaimed writers; the pedagogy workshops are led by qualified educators with a focus on the Utah State Board of Education Common Core Curriculum. The combination of workshops for both aspiring writers and teachers of writing allows for an exchange of ideas unique to most writing conferences.
The conference includes drama pedagogy workshops with Utah Shakespeare Festival education specialists and attendance of a USF play. Another feature of the conference is a collaboration with the University of Utah's Distance Education Masters of Social Work program to provide workshops on using creative writing to alleviate writing anxiety in students and create a community in the classroom.
The Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Conference is directed by Dr. Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University. The conference is co-sponsored by the following organizations of Southern Utah University: The English Department, Convocations, Office of the Provost, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Writing Center, and the Multicultural Center. It is made possible through funding from a Utah Arts Council Education Grant and the Utah Arts Council Literary sector.