Department of English

About THE Creative Writing/Teaching Conference

The purpose of The Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Conference is to provide workshops on the craft of writing prose and poetry as well as pedagogy workshops for high school teachers on using creative writing techniques to teach writing skills. The craft workshops are led by nationally acclaimed writers; the pedagogy workshops are led by qualified educators with a focus on the Utah Core Standards. The combination of workshops for both aspiring writers and teachers of writing allows for an exchange of ideas unique to most writing conferences.

The Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Conference is directed by Dr. Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University. Other consultants include Dr. Lisa Arter and Professor Toa Tawa, education specialists of the SUU English Department. as well as Ray Grant of Convocations. The conference is co-sponsored by the following organizations of Southern Utah University: Convocations, The President’s Office, Office of the Provost, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The English Department, and the SUU Writing Center. It is also a component of "Literature and a Sense of Place: A Celebration of Authors, Ideas, and Books"—an annual SUU symposium in partnership with the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival.