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Invitation to Writers Conference featuring Frank McCourt
Dear high school and college students:
On behalf of the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Trust, I'd like to invite you
to participate in the workshops and panels of a statewide student writing
conference May 6 on the midtown campus of Western Connecticut State
You will gather with other high school, college and graduate school
writers to discuss your work, hear panels of writers discuss writing
subjects from writing for daytime drama to small press publishing,
and student and faculty readings. The last event of the day will be a
talk by Pulitzer-prize winning author of Angela's Ashes, Frank
McCourt. He will tell stories about the subject of his latest book,
Teacher Man. It will be an information and insight filled day.
The conference is free to you and you will be supplied with lunch and
refreshments during the day.
For more information go to our conference web address:
www.connecticutreview.com under "Creative Connections."
Signing up is simple
1. Fill in the form below and hit reply or send to me at
2. Be sure to print or save a copy for yourself
3. Send a copy of your work to following
the directions below. Be sure your work is properly marked with your
name and school
I hope you can come.
Student Signup Form
CSU Student Writing Conference
Saturday May 6, 2006
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
at Western Connecticut State University
Information about the conference:
Graduate and Undergraduate creative writing students from the
Connecticut State University schools (Central, Southern, Eastern and
Western), along with outstanding writing students from Connecticut
community colleges and high schools will join Pulitzer Prize winning
author Frank McCourt and faculty members from CSU and other
Connecticut Universities for a day-long student writing conference at
Western Connecticut State University.
Students from the four campuses and area high schools are urged to
apply for a seat at this unique gathering of professional and student
writers. The day will include small group workshops focusing on
student works; panels by published writers on writing topics,
readings, and the sessions with our guest writers. Participants will
be treated to lunch by the sponsoring organizations and will have an
opportunity to read their own work during the afternoon sessions.
If you are a student who would like to participate in this
conference, you need to:
1) Complete this form and make a submission of poetry, prose
(fiction, nonfiction, memoir, feature and lifestyle journalism)
screenwriting or playwriting. You are encouraged to submit in more
than one genre. The final submission date is April 15. You must have
your work in by that date.
2) A paper copy of the work you are submitting should be given to
your campus representative:
CCSU-Prof. Ravi Shankar, English Dept.,
SCSU-Prof. Vivian Shipley, English Dept.,
WCSU-Prof. John Briggs, English Dept.,
ECSU-Prof. Christopher Torockio, English Dept. or
Prof. Meredith Clermont-
Community Colleges-Jessica Treat
High Schools-Andy Thibault IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Trust,
3) In addition, you must send an electronic version of your work to
The electronic submission should be an attached file in Microsoft
word or PDF format. BE SURE THAT YOUR LAST NAME AND THE GENRE OF EACH
SUBMISSION IS IN THE FILE NAME AND THAT YOUR NAME AND CONTACT
INFORMATION IS AT THE TOP OF THE ELECTRONIC TEXT. The electronic
versions of student work accepted for the conference will appear on
the web, logged into your workshop (each workshop will have about
five participants) so that you will be able to read the work before
the day of the conference.
Indicate here which genres are included in your submission:
Type of Prose (memoir, journalism, fiction, etc.)
Are you interested in participating in student reading sessions?
If you have any questions, please ask your campus representative.
For updated information about the conference go to:
http://so-mako.sysoff.ctstateu.edu/AcadAff/cwc.nsf or at www.connecticutreview.com. Click on creative connections.
John Briggs, Ph.D.
CSU Distinguished Professor
Senior Editor, Connecticut Review
Professor, Professional Writing Coordinator
Department of English Language,
Comparative Literature and Writing
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury, CT 06810
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