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Giving Voice Writers Festival

A Festival of Writing and the Arts

September 20-22, 2017

On September 20-22, 2017, John Brown University will celebrate writing and the arts through readings, workshops, and informal gatherings during the university’s annual Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. The invited writers are graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, spoken word poet David Bowden, and nonfiction author Lisa Ohlen Harris.

On Wednesday evening at 5:00 pm, Harris will offer a reading of her work at Siloam Springs Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. The authors will be available afterwards to sign their books. 

On Thursday evening at 6:30 pm Yang will deliver a talk, followed by a performance of spoken word poetry by Bowden. Registration for this event is $5. The ticket includes dessert. We hope to offer Pure Joy ice cream and Jack Frosting cupcakes during the evening's intermission. Registration will open June 1st, so please register early! 

On Friday JBU will give high school students in the region an opportunity to see, hear, and participate in one of our greatest gifts—creativity— to become involved in writing and the arts, by understanding better how these art forms work and by actively participating in artistic production.  Over twenty workshops will be offered specifically for high school students—creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, songwriting, playwriting, readers theater, improvisation, film, calligraphy, screen printing, and others.  The day will begin at 9:30 and end at 2:00, allowing most students to come and go from their schools on a normal schedule.  Students will participate in two different workshops.  It will be an exciting day of giving voice to the artist in each of us. Registration for workshops will open August 15th.

We will also offer creative writing workshops for teachers for professional development credit through the state of Arkansas.

Please save the date so you can join us for this inspiring festival of writing and the arts in 2017. We hope to see you there.

For additional updates and information, click here to visit our Giving Voice Facebook page.



Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson
Associate Professor of Creative Writing & Literature
Associate Honors Director
Director of Giving Voice
John Brown University




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