Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Creative Writing Conference Open to Community Members

Posted: August 27, 2018 | Author: Sadie Petersen

Southern Utah University’s Community Education program is opening a creative writing conference to community members. The class, Writing about Ecology and Place, will include writing workshops, a panel of award-winning authors and the opportunity to attend the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Othello. The conference is co-sponsored by the SUU English Department and the Utah Book Festival.

In addition to the writing workshops, the conference will feature a panel of guest editors from literary journals who will discuss “Writing and Publishing in a World of Rapid Ecological Change.” Editors from Saltfront: Studies in Human Habit(at); Pilgrimage Magazine: Story, Spirit, Witness, Place; and Sugarhouse Review will be presenting.

Keynote readings by Nicole Walker and a poetry workshop by Lee Ann Roripaugh will be on Thursday, Sept. 13. Walker, author of Sustainability: A Love Story, and Roripaugh, poet laureate of South Dakota, will offer workshop sessions along with other activities. The keynote readings are open to the public and will take place at 5:30 pm at the SUU Alumni House.

On Friday, Sept. 14, Dr. Steven Camicia from Utah State University will be instructing a
workshop for high school teachers at the Southern Utah Museum of Art, along with other workshops and an orientation of Othello before attending the play.

“This conference gives both SUU students and community members a chance to take writing workshops from those who are experts in their field,” said Dr. Danielle Dubrasky, associate professor of English at SUU and director of the conference. “Because it is also a part of the 2018 Utah Humanities Book Festival, Southern Utah University can take part in this state-wide celebration of contemporary writers and literature.”

SUU Community Education establishes community partnerships by generating fun, cultural and educational opportunities for those who love to learn. Subjects including culinary arts, hiking southern Utah, outdoor photography, and blogging are taught by local professionals for the purpose of increasing participant knowledge and developing new skills.

To register for the conference, or to see a full lineup of SUU Community Education fall classes,
visit the SUU Community Education website or call (435) 865-8259.



Contact Information:
Sadie Petersen
(435) 865-8031