Creative Writing Celebration

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2019 Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration

Friday, April 12 to Saturday, April 13, 2020

The Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration brings published writers in several genres, such as poetry, novels, creative nonfiction, juvenile fiction, and screenwriting, to present hands-on workshops to aspiring writers from the community.

Celebration participants are also invited to enter a writing contest in three categories: poetry, short story (fiction) and memoir (nonfiction). Cash prizes will be awarded.

Writing Contest Deadline: April 6, 2020

Contact the celebration’s coordinators or email for more information or to be added to the mailing list.

Organizing Committee Chairperson | Beth Orozco
(520) 255-6060 |
Beth Orozco website

Additional Committee Support | Jay Treiber
(520) 417-4765 |
Jay Treiber website

These were some comments we received from participants at previous years’ Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebrations:

  • I liked everything about the Celebration: the speakers, the content, and the flow. Also the accessibility of the presenters. I always go home with enough new material to keep me busy for a while!
  • I liked the exposure to the work, ideas, and techniques of successful writers.
  • The quality and talent of the workshop presenters was great. I also liked that you could buy the presenters’ books.
  • The workshops were wonderful. They were insightful and offered the opportunity to get to know the authors.
  • The coming together to share the love of writing; no matter how good we are, we share the passion.
  • An excellent group of writers every year – well organized by the conference committee.
  • I love the accessibility that the presenters have, plus the workshops are of the best quality.
  • I like that the authors included writing exercises in their seminars.
  • Networking and challenging ideas, encouragement
  • As a new writer just getting started, I’m impressed with the whole thing.  The friendly atmosphere, open communication was a joy!
  • Down to earth practical information and great breadth of experience with all the authors.
  • I liked the presenters and the sharing of real experience.
  • I came last year and enjoyed myself so much I couldn’t wait to come again. I enjoy the sense of community and sharing something I care about with others. All of the presenters are unique and each has something different to say.
  • I thought everything I went to was great.  It started off with a fantastic keynote address–and every workshop was useful.
  • I enjoyed the workshops and the academic atmosphere.
  • Very pleasant, low key, yet professional. Appreciated supportive nurturing attitudes.
  • I loved the array of presenters; had something for everybody.
  • As always, for four years running, a fabulous, enlightening, life-changing experience.
  • This is a great conference. I like the open and friendly atmosphere. The interaction with the judges is also wonderful.
  • Lots of encouragement and excitement among people who really enjoy writing.
  • My first time – nice day! Will come again. Thanks!  Very comfortable. Very professional. Very nice!

2019 Celebration Authors

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is the USA Today bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch. She is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Miami University in their Masters of Fine Arts program. She is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers and The Fifth Semester where she is committed to helping writers find their writing voice.

Janette Rallison

USA Today bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 28 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

James Jay

James Jay’s poetry has appeared in the Huffington Post, Fourteen Hills, Alligator Juniper, and for over a decade he has had a poem or essay published each month in newspapers, magazines, or journals somewhere. He is the author of two collections of poems, The Undercards and The Journeymen. His third collection of poems, Barman, will be published by Gorksy Press in May of 2019. Recently, he received the Copper Quill Award. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Annette McGivney

Annette McGivney is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Backpacker, Outside, Arizona Highways, Sunset and other outdoor and environmental publications. Annette is the author of five nonfiction books including her most recent work, Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth. She lives in Flagstaff.

Marcela Lubian

Marcela Lubian’s work, born out of pure joy, is an attempt to create visually stimulating images through the use color and form. She signs her paintings Lubian, her mother’s last name, honoring those women who came before Marcela and whose actions and decisions had a direct impact on her life. These tenacious females and their anonymous but epic stories, are a continuous source of inspiration.

Support the Creative Writing Celebration

Charitable gifts are an important component in advancing the excellence of the Creative Writing Celebration. Your contribution helps cover the cost of event expenses, student registrations and prizes. Contributions are tax deductible. Make a secure online gift to the Freund Creative Writing Fund; mail a gift to the Cochise College Foundation, 4190 West Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607; or call (520) 417-4735 to discuss your donation.

The Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration is co-sponsored by Cochise College, University South Foundation, Inc., Cochise College Foundation’s Diane E. Freund Memorial Writing Celebration Fund, and the City of Sierra Vista Leisure and Library Services, with support from other community businesses and organizations.