Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2014, GCACWT. I'm still waiting on my hover board and flying car, but perhaps I've been watching Back to the Future too often. I hope that you're all settling into your routines. The GCACWT committee is hard at work on the 2014 conference. There have been some changes this year, so be sure to read about them below.
The biggest change is a change of venue. After over twenty years at the Fairhope campus of the University of South Alabama, the conference is moving across town to Faulkner State Community College, a gorgeous campus located in downtown Fairhope. We think this move is good for the conference, and I, for one, am very excited about these new facilities.
Well, this year's keynote reader, for one. Author and naturalist Susan Cerulean is the director of the Red Hills Writers Project. She 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.
Since you asked, yes! In addition to our regular panel and readings, 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.
Don't Forget the Friday Reception
This year, our reception will be Friday, March 28, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the beach behind the American Legion, a place we've used several times in the past. For this year's registration, we're trying to get a rough head count, so be sure to RSVP for the reception if you plan to attend. If you're not sure at this point, that's fine, too.
How Can You Get Involved?
Easy. Pitch a panel or propose a reading at our website (http://www.gcacwt.com). While it's not required, we do appreciate if you pre-register. Plus, if you register before March 1, 2014, you'll get a discount.
Out annual student writing contest is in need of entries. So, teachers and students, graduates and undergraduates, send us your best student writing. Winners will be announced at the conference in March. The deadline for entries is February 21, 2014. Remember that each school is limited to one entry per award.
Want to Help Out?
GCACWT is always in need of friendly, helpful people to assist with the book fair, help out with registration, and generally be on hand in case some need arises. If you'd like to help out, please let me know. I'd be much obliged. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I look forward to seeing you in Fairhope!
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.