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Giving Voice Writers Festival

A Festival of Writing and the Arts

September 22-23, 2016

On September 22-23, 2016, John Brown University celebrated 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 were poet Marilyn Nelson, novelist Gina Ochsner, essayist Chris Hoke, and singer/songwriter Betty Soo.

JBU gave 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.  On Friday, September 23, over twenty workshops were offered specifically for high school students—creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, songwriting, playwriting, readers theater, improvisation, film, calligraphy, screen printing, and others.  The day began at 9:30 and ended at 2:00, allowing most students to come and go from their schools on a normal schedule.  Students participated in two different workshops.  It turned out to be another exciting day of giving voice to the artist in each of us.

We also offered creative writing workshops for teachers that gave professional development credit through the state of Arkansas.
Thank you for joining us for this inspiring festival of writing and the arts in 2016. Please save the date for next year's event, which will be held September 21-22, 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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