Feed your fire! Fiction writers, poets, essayists and playwrights will find mentors and workshops to inspire their writing at the second annual WordFire creative writing conference. The one-day event will take place Saturday, April 6 at Butte College, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, in the Learning Resource Center, 2nd floor. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and other creative genres will be open to the public as well as to the Butte College community of faculty, staff, and students.
The conference provides an opportunity to socialize and network with other writers, including the workshop presenters. Attendees will leave each session with new ideas, new writing, and useful materials.
“Writing can be a lonely business,” said Molly Emmons, English professor at Butte College and one of the conference’s founders. “It’s energizing to share your creative process, to listen to really good poets speak about their craft, and to get great nuts-and-bolts suggestions on that novel or short story you’re working on.”
Response to the 2012 conference was enthusiastic. One evaluator noted, “Each session I attended had a markedly different approach and flavor, which only enriched the smorgasbord that writing always offers. This was in a setting of impeccable organization; the event ran like clockwork.” Butte College student David Puerner said, “In the end I left feeling like I walked away with a small treasure chest tucked beneath my arm, and as I drove home I already knew that I’d be attending the next time WordFire rolled around.”
Featured presenters include multi-genre writers Hilary Tellesen, Paul Eggers, Heather Fisher, and Sara Pape, poets Kazim Ali, Blas Falconer, Ken Letko and Joanne Allred; fiction writers Finn Kraemer and Zu Vincent; and noted author, fiction editor and educator Jessica Morrell. Additional activities include a presenter reading, student salon and a panel of agents and editors.
The conference runs from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a light breakfast and buffet lunch are included in registration costs, which are $65 for community members and $35 for students. A limited number of scholarships are available. The event is sponsored by the Literary Events Committee at Butte College, which is part of the English Department, and is supported by grants from Associated Students as well as community donors. For more information and to register, visit the WordFire website at buttewordfire.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Professor Molly Emmons at (530) 895-2935.