I hope that this message finds you well. February has crept on by, and the March 1 deadline for student contest submissions is drawing close. We have only a few so far. Don't let the deadline slip by. Submit your best student creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry today.
March 1 is also the deadline for preregistration. You don't want to miss out on the reduced conference rate, so register today.
There are still plenty of spots for readings of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. To submit a reading request, simply visit our website at http://www.gcacwt.com.
The panels are starting to roll in, as well. Below is a list of "open" panels, those panels that have been accepted but still need participants. If you'd like to be on one of these panels, simply click on "Panel Request" under "Fairhope 2013" at http://www.gcacwt.com.
"A Sense of Place: A Sense of Self": The Value of Place Consciousness in the Composition Classroom
This presentation will center on the use of a creative nonfiction assignment in the composition classroom. Utilizing and valuing students' personal experiences, and in particular how their identities are shaped by the place(s) they have lived and grown, is an effective means of engaging students in the process of writing and self-discovery. In terms of the writing process, students learn the importance of and appropriate times for description, exposition, dialog, and develop a sense of narrative structure. Many of these lessons come about through a multiple draft process that incorporates peer review and a conference with the writing instructor. Textually, students have language restrictions that challenge them to discover effective ways of conveying meaning through the use of active verbs. In terms of self-discovery, students are required to relate an instance where their identity has been challenged through stereotyping, and also discuss how a particular person--who is not a parent--has functioned as a positive or negative role model. While some contend that creative nonfiction perpetuates a myopic world view—navel gazing, some call it—this particular assignment recognizes and values the self, but also urges the student writer to explore how the self fits into the larger world.
Participants: John Schulze (chair), CD Mitchell
“Brackish: Hybrid Poetries—A Roundtable Discussion”
The publication of American Hybrid was not the first mention of hybrid poetics, but Cole Swenson’s much-praised and much-maligned introduction did thrust the debate/discussion about hybrid poetry into the poetic mainstream, inspiring not only an AWP panel but also a follow-up essay that appears in The Monkey and the Wrench, edited by Mary Biddinger and John Gallaher. Swenson suggests that hybrid poetry is a “third-way” poetics, somewhere between “transcendent” and “immanent” poetics, combining elements of an edgy, progressive aesthetic with a more traditional, grounded and lyric aesthetic. This panel is a roundtable discussion of hybrid poetics with panel members and audience members offering their opinions and ideas about hybrid poetics.
Participants: Brent House (chair), Jeff Newberry
Creative Writing, Ecology, and Ecocriticism: Possibilities and Practices
Three years ago, the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history began a devastation of the Gulf Coast that continues to this day. This panel will discuss various conceptualizations of ecocriticism/ecopoetics and the general way in which we think about and care for our ecos, our home, as creative minds. Some concerns worthy of exploration are: how to write about ecological issues in a way that does not merely ornament or unintentionally agenda-drive the writing; how to distinguish “ecopoetics” from “nature poetry” (is that distinction necessary?); how to best create, disseminate, or consume literature—how much should that process itself be ecologically-oriented?; at a time in which it is now generally accepted that global warming is a problem, how necessary or helpful is it to continue distinguishing an “eco”-category of any particular field or practice?
Participants: Caroline Klocksiem (chair)
In addition to these panels, we'll also have an editor's panel ("What are Editors Looking For?"). If you're interested in being a part of any of these panels, please let me know (via http://gcacwt.com) and I'll put you in touch with the chairs.
I'm very much looking forward to this year's conference. In the past few weeks, I've heard from several people who've never attended but will be in Fairhope this year. I'm looking forward meeting you all.
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Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers
Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers brings together teachers of writing, students, writers, editors, and publishers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and others from—or interested in— the Gulf Coast region and its writing.