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Young Writers Conference to discuss songwriting, allegory and personal creativity


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The annual Young Writers Conference returns to the University of Tennessee at Martin on Nov. 18. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Boling University Center and is open to students in grades 9-12. Registration materials and fees must be received by Nov. 11.

Participants can choose from workshops on a variety of topics including poetry, resume-writing, songwriting, journaling, young adult novels and allegory. Each student will attend two workshops during the 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. sessions with a luncheon following at 12:30 p.m. Students will also have an opportunity to share their work during an open-mic reading from 2-3 p.m.

Students must be recommended by a teacher on the basis of academic achievement and artistic promise in order to attend. Registration is limited to 200 participants on a first-come, first-served basis and costs $12 per student. The fee includes all workshops, readings and lunch.

Teachers are encouraged, but not required, to attend with their students. The registration fee is $25 for teachers. Attending faculty can choose workshop sessions on classroom writing strategies, writing assessment and designing effective student writing workshops. Teachers recommending students are asked to follow their school’s policies in arranging for parent/guardian permissions.

Tiana Clark, winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and author of the poetry chapbook “Equilibrium,” will serve as the 2016 conference keynote speaker. Clark is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Vanderbilt University, where she serves as poetry editor for the “Nashville Review.” She has recently received funding from the Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission to support her community project, “Writing as Resistance,” which provides creative writing workshops for trans youth. More information regarding Clark’s work is available at

Students and teachers can register online or mail registration materials to Young Writers Conference, Office of Educational Outreach, 110 Gooch Hall, University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN, 38238. All checks should be made payable to UT Martin.

For more information or to receive registration materials, contact Dr. John Glass, UT Martin associate professor of English, at 731-881-7288 or by email at


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