GCACWT 2014, March 28-29, 2014
Co-Sponsored by Faulkner State College
Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers (GCACWT) Announces its 22nd Annual Conference
March 28-29, 2014, at Faulkner State College in downtown Fairhope, Alabama.
GCACWT is pleased to announce our new co-sponsor, Faulkner State College in Fairhope, Alabama.
For the past twenty-two years, the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers has held an annual conference designed specifically to provide a forum for teachers of Creative Writing (as well as graduate students interested in becoming teachers of Creative Writing). Traditionally, the conference allows faculty and students to present their creative work, while also allowing them an opportunity to discuss issues relevant to Writing/Creative Writing pedagogy and publication. In the past years, the conference has also become a place where writers interact with other writers, as well as a place where editors can locate local talent.
In addition to our usual readers and panelists, this year's conference will feature writer and naturalist Susan Cerulean as our keynote speaker. Director of the Red Hills Writers Project, Cerulean has written and published widely about the natural environments of the Gulf Coast region. Her most recent book is a nature memoir entitled Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites (University of Georgia Press, 2005). Her essays and poems have appeared in Orion,Earthlight, Hope, Defenders, Florida Wildlife and Snake Nation Review. She is anthologized in Elemental South; The Woods Stretched for Miles; The Wild Heart of Florida: Writers on Florida's Wildlands, The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast and Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals.
We will also feature a book room with attendee’s books for sale, as well as several literary journals representing states from the Gulf Coast region, such as Bayou, Apalachee Review,Gulf Stream, The Southeast Review, The Texas Review, espresso ink, and Louisiana Literature, among others. Also, editors representing journals will be in attendance.We also offer a Student Creative Writing contest in poetry, fiction, and narrative nonfiction. For more information on the free contest, please visit our site at http://www.gcacwt.com.
The deadline for contest submissions is February 21,2014.
Papers are invited on any aspect of creative writing including, but not limited to any of the following:
Original readings of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, Creative Writing pedagogical issues, Creative Writing in the Composition Classroom, Re-imagining Southern literature, Ecological Issues in Creative Writing, Online and Traditional Publishing, the Future of Publishing, and Roundtable discussions on a variety of issues.
In addition, GCACWT is specifically seeking panels that address ecological issues in creative writing, including but not limited to eco-poetics, eco-criticism, regionalism, prose and place, and many other aspects of writing and the environment.
To register for the conference, or to learn more about the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writers, or for any and all inquiries about the conference, please visit our updated website at http://www.gcacwt.com or contact GCACWT President Jeff Newberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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