Ignite your creativity! Come join the 3rd annual WordFire Creative Writing Conference April 26 at Butte College, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville. This one-day event includes workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir and other creative genres. WordFire is open to the public and to Butte College's faculty, staff, and students. The conference offer insights and ideas on the writing craft from those working in the field today for both novice and experienced writers.
Over a hundred students and community members attended last year's conference. Butte College student Kailey Farrell said of the experience, "WordFire was a great opportunity to discover all of the different ways I can use my writing to create an impact. In the span of one day I learned how to set up a plot for a novel, find beauty in nature poetry, and appeal to young readers in children's book writing."
"Wordfire was an experience I will not soon forget," agreed Chico State student George Goldkind, a member of last year's Literary Arts Club. "It is an environment meant to help writers of all styles flourish. The skills I learned at WordFire, I still use today in my writing."
Student and writer Chad Napoli added, "I loved being in a room with people just as eager to improve their writing as I am."
This year's schedule brings together presenters from five colleges and two states, and features a songwriting workshop from local musician and poet Jeremy Gerrard, a memoir workshop with author and professor Neal Snidow, and a workshop in cross-genre writing from essayist and editor Kiara Koenig, a Yuba College English instructor.
Poets Gary Lemons, Chico State professor Jeanne Clark, Shasta College professor Kathryn Gessner, and Poemcrazy author Susan Wooldridge will also present workshops. Sessions on writing fiction will be led by Sacramento author and educator Christian Kiefer, YA author C. G. Watson, novelist and short story writer Finn Kraemer and award-winning YA author Zu Vincent.
Additional activities include a workshop on publishing with local writer Dan O'Brien, a presenter reading, a student-led workshop by the Literary Arts Club and an expert panel on trends in publishing. Lyon Books in downtown Chico will be hosting a reception for the conference on Friday, April 25, at 7p.m. The reception is open to the public and includes refreshments and an informal presenter reading.
All events will be held in the Learning Resource Center, 2nd floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A light breakfast and buffet lunch are included in registration costs— $65 for community members and $35 for students. A limited number of scholarships are available. The event is sponsored by the Butte College English Department and is supported by grants from Butte's Associated Students as well as community donors.
For more information and to register, visit buttewordfire.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Professor Molly Emmons at (530) 895-2935.