46th annual Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival returns this April

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart February 14, 2017

Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Scott_College#mediaviewer/File:Agnes_Scott_College_-_Across_the_quad.jpg

Mark your calendars for Agnes Scott College’s 46 Writer’s Festival on April 4 through 7.

The festival began in 1972 and May Sarton was the featured guest.

“A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event,” the Festival’s web page says. “The finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the campus community.

“Today, the festival maintains these founding traditions along with some new features: creative nonfiction and dramatic writing were added to the contest in the 1990s, an alumna writer is on the program almost every year, and one of the visiting writers gives a one-credit workshop for ASC student writers.”

According to Brittany Gilliland, PR representative for the Writer’s Festival, the lineup is as follows:

This year we will be welcoming: Claudia Rankine, National Book Award finalist and author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Patrick Phillips, Georgia native and author of “Blood at the Root: The Racial Cleansing in America,” and alumni writer Kayla Miller ’11, author of chapbook “See & Be Seen & Be Scene.”

In addition to guest authors, Georgia students who qualified as finalists will read their writing for the Annual Writer’s Festival Contest.

Check out the festival’s itinerary: 

– Reading by Agnes Scott Student Finalists in the Writers’ Festival Contest

Tuesday, April 4, 5 p.m. Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center

– Q&A With Claudia Rankine, Patrick Phillips, and Kayla Miller `11

Thursday, April 6, 1 p.m. Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Campus Center

– Reading by Patrick Phillips Reception and book signing to follow

Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m. Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

– Reading by Claudia Rankine Reception and book signing to follow

Thursday, April 6, 8 p.m. Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

– Reading by Kayla Miller ’11 Reception and book signing to follow

Friday, April 7, 2 p.m. Winter Theater, Dana Fine Arts

For more information, visit: https://www.agnesscott.edu/writersfestival/.

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