Department of English

Fall 2015 Creative Writing / Creative Teaching Conference

In partnership with the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival

September 17-19

Thursday, September 17 (Optional Pre-Conference Events)

  • 11:30AM - Convocations with Chris Abani: "Civic Engagement through the Arts and Humanitarianism." Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center.
  • 4:00PM - Constitution Day Scholar Anthony Peacock: "The Constitution and the Challenge to Free Enterprise in the 21st Century." Sterling Church Auditorium.
  • 7:00PM - Art Insights Lecture, Artist Jonathan Talbot: "Collage: Medium & Metaphor" in conversation with Dr. Andrew Marvick. SUU Auditorium Theater.

Friday, September 18

All Workshops will be in the Gilbert Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center.

  • 8:30AM Registration opens, Hunter Conference Center Lobby

Creative Writing Workshops:

  • 9:00-10:30AM - "Speculation in Writing Creative Nonfiction." Dr. Kelly K. Ferguson.
  • 10:45AM-12:15PM - "The Intersections of Poetry and Fiction." Dr. Chris Abani.
  • 12:15-1:15PM - Lunch - Yankee Meadows

Pedagogy Workshops:

  • 1:15-3:45PM - "Reader’s Theater, A New Twist." Dr. Christelle Estrada.
  • 4:00-6:00PM - "Transforming Texts into Dramatic Readings." Michael Bahr, USF Education Director.
    Readings by Chris Abani and Kelly Ferguson.
    Performances by Neil Simon Players.
  • 6:00-7:00PM - Dinner - Yankee Meadows
    Tour of the Braithwaite Gallery’s Exhibit - ABC: Assemblage, Book Art, Collage with award-winning SUU art educator, Deb Snider.

Saturday, September 19

  • 7:30PM - Attendance of Charley’s Aunt. Randall Jones Theatre. Tickets must be purchased separately.

Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, Graceland, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Romanian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bosnian, and Serbian.

For more information about the 2015 Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Conference contact Dr. Danielle Dubrasky at 435-865-8138 or