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Readings & Workshops Slated for SUU’s Writing Conference

Published: September 24, 2007 | Category: Community Outreach

Southern Utah University’s English Department will present its 2007 creative writing conference, The Alchemy of Words: Writing as Transformation, this Wednesday through Friday, September 26-28 in SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. The conference, which features two tracks—one for teachers and one for students, will offer several free readings for the general public to enjoy, including readings of poetry, nonfiction and plays from writers and scholars across the country.

SUU’s annual creative writing conference is supported by grants from the Utah Arts Council, the Utah Humanities Council and funding from SUU’s Alumni Relations, and is a great opportunity for writers and teachers from across the region to gather together to discuss literary merit, strategies and audience.

The following events included in the conference agenda are free, and are open to the public:

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m.—
SUU Alumni Wendy Blankenship and Kaleen Covington will participate in a reading of their works in SUU’s Hunter Conference Center. Currently, Blankenship teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and Covington teaches at Eastern Washington University.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m.—
Michael Sowder will present a poetry reading and workshop in the Hunter conference Center. Sowder is a poet from Utah State University and author of The Empty Boat. Following Sowder’s workshop, there will be a writer’s panel on the conference theme.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m.—
Jamie Pachino will give a staged reading of her play, Waving Goodbye, followed by a “talk-back” with the playwright. This event will also be held in the Hunter Conference Center. Pachino is an award-winning playwright from Los Angeles. She has served on the faculty of Northwestern University, Columbia College, National Louis University and the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

The entire conference, including instructional sessions only offered trough formal registration, is available for teachers and students, with an option to receive credit for attending the events. Interested participants can register for the conference at

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