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University to host creative writing workshop

Posted by Ashley Wise on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 13:10 PM

The Department of English and Foreign Language at Waynesburg University will host a creative writing workshop for students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration is $5 per student. The event will feature Joshua Robbins, teaching associate at the University of Kentucky.

“Dr. Joshua Robbins is a fine poet who cares deeply about creating and strengthening ties between the creative arts and the community,” said Amy Randolph, assistant professor of English.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators. Additionally, the day encourages students to take pride in what they have written by inviting them to publicly share their work during lunch. High school teachers attending the workshop have the opportunity to meet with a published writer and discuss pedagogical approaches to creative writing meant to supplement the work they have been doing.

In addition to teaching literature and creative writing at the University of Tennessee, Robbins is recognized for winning the James Wright Poetry Award and the New South Prize. He received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and was selected for the Best New Poets anthology. Robbins’ work regularly appears in journals such as Third Coast, Southern Poetry Review and the Mid-American Review, among others. Early 2013 will welcome the publication of his first collection of poetry, Praise Nothing.

For more information or to register for the Creative Writing Workshop, contact Randolph at or 724-852-3430.

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