Wilson College Hosting Free Writing Colloquium: Calling Aspiring Writers

Are you or someone you know 14 years or older with an interest in writing? If so, consider taking lessons on writing technique, ask questions about the publishing process, and speak with published authors. Wilson College will host its 2022 Creative Writing Colloquium on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brooks Science Center auditorium on campus.

What is the colloquium?

The colloquium is an educational event open to writing enthusiasts from south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. PSUMA encourages writers from all backgrounds to register for the event. This includes high school and college students, teachers, published and unpublished authors. If you are interested in putting words on the page, this is the event to attend. Attendance is a remarkable opportunity to exchange ideas and come away with a multitude of resources.

The colloquium is underwritten by the Arts for All grant opportunity of the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

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Registration information

The colloquium, which includes lunch, is free, but registration is required by February 26 at their website.

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. More information is available here.

If you have questions, please contact colloquium director Michael Cornelius at  mcornelius@wilson.edu

The Colloquium workshops include

“Genre and Style” presented by Ashley Barner

Barner is the author of five books: the medieval fantasy Blue Feathers (Loconeal); the nonfiction book The Case for Fanfiction (McFarland); and the fantasy books Force Majeure, Freeing Fortune, and Mr. Pembroke’s Ward (Notus), all co-authored with best friend, Jennifer Sanders.

“Creating A Sense of Place in Your Work” presented by Alicia Drumgoole

Drumgoole is an Assistant Professor of English at Hagerstown Community College. She wrote her first novel, Premonition, under the pen name Agnes Jayne in 2015. She is the founder of a local writing group called The Mountain Scribes in Harpers Ferry, W.V.; and contributed to two anthologies: Last Writes: Haunting Tales from the Mountain Scribes (2017) and The Appalachian Compilation (2018).

“Writing as an Act of Gratitude” led by Wilson College Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice Matt McBride

An award-winning poet, McBride is the author of the collection City of Incandescent Light (Black Lawrence Press); as well as two additional chapbooks of poetry. He is the recipient of a Devine Fellowship, a George Elliston Fellowship, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, and a Writers in the Heartland residency. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

“Resources for Writers Who Want to Be Published” led by the Chair of Wilson’s Division of Arts and Letters Michael Cornelius.

Cornelius is the author/editor of 23 books of fiction and nonfiction across a variety of genres, including horror and historical fiction. He has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; the Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award; an Independent Press Award, and American Library Association prize. An Author’s Q&A session will be held at the end of the day.