Sierra Vista Campus
Community Outreach/700 Building
Friday, March 27: Ethel Berger Center, City of Sierra Vista
Saturday, March 28: Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus
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 and memoir. In addition to cash prizes, first-place winners of the writing contest have their work published in Mirage, Cochise College’s literary and arts magazine.
Writing Contest Deadline: March 2, 2015
Download Registration, Contest Entry and Guidelines
or Register and Enter the Contest Online!
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.
Friday, March 27
Ethel Berger Center, Sierra Vista
10 – 10:45 a.m. — Registration, Lobby
10:45 – 11 a.m. — Welcoming Remarks, EBC Multi-room
11 a.m. – noon — Keynote Speech, Simon Ortiz
12:15 – 1 p.m. — Luncheon, EBC Multi-room
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. — Presenters’ Panel, EBC Multi-room
2:30 – 4 p.m. — Breakout Sessions:
Saturday, March 28
Sierra Vista Campus, Cochise College
8 – 8:25 a.m. — Registration, coffee, refreshments and information, Student Union
8:30 – 10 a.m. — Breakout Sessions:
10 – 10:15 a.m. — Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Breakout Sessions:
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Lunch on your own; Meet the authors and book signing, Student Union
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions:
2:45 – 3 p.m. — Break
3 – 4 p.m. — Contest winners announced and readings by winners, Student Union
Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo poet, writer, essayist, storyteller, and Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University (ASU), is author of Woven Stone, Out There Somewhere, from Sand Creek, Men on the Moon, Beyond the Reach of Time and Change, The Good Rainbow Road, After and Before the Lightning, and other books. As an Indigenous writer, poet, and spokesperson, he has been awarded a Golden Tibetan Antelope Prize for International Poetry, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers Award, and other prizes. Currently, he is the Program Manager for RED INK: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, Humanities that will begin publishing annually Fall 2015 at ASU.
WORKSHOP: Story, Poetry, Song, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Always Living and Continuing
What we tell as story, or say as poetry, and sing as song are always done with feeling because we are human beings. Our stories, poems, and songs are sad because sometimes we are sad, lonely, and unhappy. Or they are happy, funny, fulfilling, and positive because we feel good about ourselves. Our best stories are ones that express our human feelings, no matter if we are happy or sad.
Susan Lang is the author of a trilogy of novels published by University of Nevada Press about a woman homesteading in the southwestern wilderness during the years 1929 to 1941. The first novel in the trilogy, Small Rocks Rising, won the 2003 Willa Award. Susan was awarded a 2007 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for her novel-in-progress, The Sawtooth Complex. Lang’s short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Idaho Review, Red Rock Review, Iris, and The Raven Review. She founded and directed the Southwest Writers Series for twenty-five years. In addition, she was founding director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College in 1996, which she directed for 12 years. Currently, Lang is Faculty Emeritus at Yavapai College, teaching adjunct at Prescott College, and serving as Event Coordinator at the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott.
WORKSHOP: Breathing Life into Character
What if an author could simply reach out to the page with her pen and Presto! her characters came alive? The magic of “living” characters comes not only from the standard strategies: action, dialogue, etc., but also from mining imagination. In this workshop, we will plumb the imaginative knowing that makes a character breathe.
Jay Treiber’s debut novel, Spirit Walk, was published in May 2014. In an early review of the book, Jennifer Lee Carrell calls it “a gripping story of remembrance and redemption, beautifully painting the place and giving voice to its people.” Treiber has also published poems and short stories in various literary journals, such as The Chattahoochee Review, Farmer’s Market, and The Fiddlehead. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, where he studied under writers William Kittredge and Earl Ganz. A Cochise County native and lifelong outdoorsman, Treiber draws his inspiration to write from the hard, rugged beauty of southeast Arizona, where he makes his home in historical Bisbee and teaches creative writing and English composition at nearby Cochise College.
WORKSHOP: Finding Your Story’s Lost Arc
Inspiration is one thing, but how does a writer find the design of the story within that inspiration? This workshop will explore the process and mechanics of finding, shaping, and enhancing the natural narrative arc inherent in a good story.
Carmen Duarte is a native Tucsonan who grew up and still lives in the Old Pueblo’s south side. She comes from a farm worker family and as a child picked cotton and pecans on fertile land that now houses subdivisions. Her mother, Leonarda “Nala” Bejarano Duarte, stressed the importance of attaining an education to her children because she wanted better for them. Duarte graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980. She has reported for the Arizona Daily Star for 34 years. In 1999, the Star asked Carmen to write about the cotton industry for the business section as a millennium project. Then editors asked her to write a book about the Mexican and Mexican-American experience in the Southwest through stories about her family. The result was “Mama’s Santos: An Arizona Life,” which ran for 36 days in the Star in 2000. It is now an ebook and hardcover book.
WORKSHOP: Bringing Storytelling to Life
This session will go over interviewing and researching skills used to capture facts and details for memoir writing. It also will cover the importance of using all your senses and putting the people you interview at ease so that they trust you and open up to share their stories.
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.
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