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Creative Beginnings: The Essence of Winter Wheat

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 8, 2007

Fresh ideas and new beginnings. These are what the Friday and Saturday sessions of Winter Wheat offer for writers of all levels. You’re invited to try your hand at something new and to hear a different perspective on writing topics such as:

  • Creativity and Journalism
  • The Laboratory of Experimental Prose
  • Writing About Work
  • Bringing Nature Poems to Life
  • The Comedy of American Poetry
  • Wonder and the Lyric Essay
  • Everyday Surrealism
  • Creating Unforgettable Characters
  • Minimalism as Style
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Food, Sex, and Fiction
  • Poetic Imagery and the Body

The Festival will kick off tomorrow at noon with a brown bag roundtable on online publishing, moderated by Seth Fried. Seventy-five minute sessions begin at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm (all events are in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union; check the Mid-American Review website for specific location details). At 5:30 pm in the BTSU Theater, poet David Shumate and nonfiction writer Michael Steinberg will read selections from their work, to be followed at 8:00 pm by Sean Thomas Dougherty (poetry) and Sue William Silverman (nonfiction).

Saturday’s activities begin at 8:00 am sharp with the opening of free registration and the Bookfair. Sessions will start at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm. Wendell Mayo will be the featured speaker at 4:00 pm in the Union Theater, followed at 7:30 pm by Charles Yu (fiction) and Mary Quade (poetry) in BTSU 228. An 8:30 pm open mic event will conclude the day’s festivities.

On Sunday, be sure to attend the creative play session beginning at 1:00 pm in East Hall featuring folk dancing, natural skincare, bike repair, crafts and last but certainly not least, a room full of puppies!


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