Giving Voice: a Festival of Writing and the Arts
September 26-27, 2013
On September 26-27, 2013, John Brown University will celebrate writing and the arts through readings, workshops, and informal gatherings during the university’s annual Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts.
The keynote writer will be Tom Maltman whose first novel, The Night Birds, won multiple honors. His new novel, Little Wolves, is now in book stores and is garnering very positive reviews. Maltman will be joined by poet Jeanne Murray Walker who has published seven books of poetry. Walker has also written plays that have been performed in theaters across the United States and London. Patty Kirk, JBU's Writer in Residence and author of five books, will also join in the events. The fourth guest will be singer-songwriter (and young adult fantasy novelist) Andrew Peterson. Check out his music here: http://www.andrew-peterson.com/
JBU wants to give high school students in the region an opportunity to see, hear, and participate in one of our greatest gifts—creativity—to become involved in writing and the arts, by understanding better how these art forms work and by actively participating in artistic production. On Friday, September 27th, over twenty workshops will be offered specifically for high school students—creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, songwriting, playwriting, readers theater, improvisation, film, calligraphy, screen printing, and others. The day will begin at 9:00 and end at 2:30, allowing most students to come and go from their schools on a normal schedule. Students will participate in three different workshops. It promises to be another exciting day of giving voice to the artist in each of us.
We will again offer creative writing workshops for teachers that will give professional development credit through the state of Arkansas.
So save the dates—September 26-27—and plan on joining us for what promises to be a great festival of writing and the arts in 2013. You can check out the registration form, schedule, the guest writers, the workshops, and some of the pictures of last year’s festival, and then begin making plans to attend. We hope to see you there.
Dr. Jacob Stratman
Associate Professor of English
Head, English and Language Studies
Director of Giving Voice
John Brown University