Wilson College Hosts Creative Writing Symposium


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa .– Writers 14 and older are invited to take classes in writing technique, ask questions about the publishing process, and chat with published authors as Wilson College hosts its Symposium of Creative Writing 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Brooks Science Center auditorium on campus.

The Symposium is an educational event open to writing enthusiasts in south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Writers from all walks of life are encouraged to register for the event, including high school and college students, writing and English teachers, published and unpublished authors, and anyone interested in putting in words. on the page. Participation is an opportunity to exchange ideas and come away with focus, new tools, mentors / writing guides and inspiration.

The workshops include:

• “Genre and Style” presented by Ashley Barner

Barner is the author of five books: the medieval fantasy Blue Feathers (Loconeal); the documentary book The Case for Fanfiction (McFarland) and the fantastic books Force Majeure, Freeing Fortune and Mr. Pembroke’s Ward (Notus), all co-authored with her friend Jennifer Sanders.

• “Create a sense of belonging in your work” presented by Alicia Drumgoole

Drumgoole is an Assistant Professor of English at Hagerstown Community College and wrote her first novel, Premonition, under the pen name Agnes Jayne in 2015. She is the founder of a local writing group called The Mountain Scribes at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and has contributed to two anthologies: Last Writes: Haunting Tales from the Mountain Scribes (2017) and The Appalachian Compilation (2018).

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• “Writing as an Act of Gratitude” led by Wilson College Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice Matt McBride

Award-winning poet, McBride is the author of the City of Incandescent Light collection (Black Lawrence Press) as well as two other poetry collections. He is the recipient of a Devine Fellowship, George Elliston Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council Grant, Writers in the Heartland Residency, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

• “Resources for Writers Who Want to Get Published” edited by Wilson’s Division of Arts and Letters President, Michael Cornelius

Cornelius is the author / editor of 23 fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of genres, including horror and historical fiction. He was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award, an Independent Press Award and the American Library Association Award.

An author’s question-and-answer session will take place at the end of the day.

The conference is free, but registration is compulsory before February 26 at tinyurl.com/bdhtfpsy. Check-in starts at 8:15 am and lunch is included. More information is available at www.wilson.edu/wilson-college-creative-writing-colloquium, or contact Symposium Director Michael Cornelius at [email protected]

The symposium is funded by the Arts for All grant opportunity of the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Wilson College Hosts Creative Writing Symposium


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