About the Creative Writing/Teaching Conference

The purpose of The Creative Writing/Teaching Conference is to provide workshops on the craft of writing prose and poetry as well as pedagogy workshops for secondary 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 Core Standards. The combination of workshops for both aspiring writers and teachers of writing allows for an exchange of ideas unique to most writing conferences.

The Creative Writing/Teaching Conference is directed by Dr. Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University. Other consultants include Dr. John Meisner of the SUU Education Department. The conference is co-sponsored by the following organizations of Southern Utah University: The Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values, The President’s Office, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The English Department, and the Art of Literature program. It is also a component of Utah Book Festival in partnership with Utah Humanities. The poetry pedagogy workshop is made possible through The Utah Poet Laureate’s Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets with appreciation to the current Utah Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal.