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Young Writers Conference is open to area high school students

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A workshop from last year's event.

MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Division of Arts and Letters will present its seventh annual Young Writers Conference Friday, Feb. 16 on the Mount Vernon campus, said Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter, division chair.

Participating area high school students will begin their day with a welcome session at 9 a.m. in the Gilder Recital Hall of the Miller Music Building. Dr. Ann Dermont, author and professor of creative writing at Agnes Scott College, will be the special guest speaker.

Students will then participate in one of seven workshops beginning at 10 a.m. The work they complete in these sessions may be submitted for competition and prizes.

Workshops, under the direction of Arts and Letters faculty, include the following:

  • “Tesselation Design”, a hands-on, visual arts workshop conducted by Professor Zeke Addison, MFA, associate professor of art.
  • “Prompted Poetry” will expose students to a variety of stimuli – visual, aural, olfactory, tactile, kinetic, and gustatory – and students will respond through the medium of poetry.  Professor Harry Bayne, PhD, associate professor of English, will direct the workshop.
  • “Writing Poetry: Image, Sound, and Rhythm”, a writing workshop guided by Professor William Denni, PhD, director of the learning assistance program and associate professor of language and literature.
  • “Point Of View In Fiction,” the most fundamental and important of narrative decisions, will be led by Professor Vicki Hill, PhD, assistant professor of English and director of Brewton-Parker’s Writing Center.
  • “Smiling With A Straight Face:  The Parody Documentary” will be led by Professor George Mosley, MA, assistant professor of English.
  • A screenwriting workshop will explore story structure and the conventions of modern screenwriting. Professor Mark Stokes, MFA, instructor of film studies and drama, will lead the session.
  • “Photography—What Makes A Good Picture?” will be led by Professor Don Wallace, PhD, professor of communication. Bring a digital camera with a removable memory card.

After lunch, the music department will present a short recital, which opens the awards ceremony. The conference ends at 2:30 p.m.

The $10 fee per student includes a bag lunch and may be paid with a mail-in pre-registration form or at the sign-in table at Gilder Hall. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost for lunch to non-participants is $6. 

Further inquiries may be directed to Dr. Thom Brucie, assistant professor of creative writing, at (912) 583-3104, or e-mail



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM