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). 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: More information coming soon!
Memoir Presenter: Katherine Towler is author of The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship, and the novels Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light, a trilogy set on a fictional New England island. She is also co-editor with Ilya Kaminsky of A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith. She earned an M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in English Literature at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.
Fiction Presenter: Mary Sojourner is the Southwestern author of the novels Sisters of the Dream, Going Through Ghosts and 29; memoirs Solace: rituals of loss and desire and She Bets Her Life; short story collections Delicate and The Talker (2017); and the essay collection Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest. She teaches her process Breakthrough Writing for colleges, universities, writing conferences, book festivals, and one-on-one long distance. She is also on-line travel writing faculty for Matador U. Through her website breakthrough writing, she provides free weekly writing tips, challenges, and craft exercises.
Poetry Presenter: Ken Waldman is a writer, musician, and educator. As a writer, he’s had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, and over 400 poems and stories in journals and anthologies. As a performer, he combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling. As a workshop leader, he strives to live up to this quote by writer Naomi Shihab Nye: “I conducted classes in a number of communities (Ken Waldman) taught in, and heard good stories testifying to the mark he had made on the writers of those places. He gave enthusiastic encouragement. He spread the cheer of genuine work.” Ken Waldman website.
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.
These were some comments we received from participants at previous years’ Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebrations:
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