Creative Writing students attend conference in Dallas

March 25, 2019

Creative Writing graduates recently attended the WORDfest/WORDfield conferenceUpcoming Creative Writing graduates recently attended the WORDfest/WORDfield conference, which was hosted by Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas, as part of their Focused Seminar course, a final semester course for writing majors.

“This was our first trek to the Dallas area for this conference,” Marlys Cervantes, Humanities & Communication department chair and Creative Writing program director said. “It was beneficial to writers in a number of ways. Forensic scientists and gun enthusiasts taught us about firearms over history, a hospital pharmacist and poison expert taught us about killing off our characters, and so on.”

Tarrant County College provided the physical location for the conference on its Northeast Campus as well as partnering with the writing organization to meet the many needs of the conference.

Hannah Lyles, sophomore Creative Writing major, said, “The conference had experts in special fields who gave us new information and answered our questions.”

The first day had a variety of sessions with editors, writers, educators, and other specialists covering numerous genres and issues of interest to writers.

The second day, which was actually rained out from an event planned for last October, was a more experiential and research day for writers that covered many topics, such as medicine, firearms, poisons, science, computer hacking, and much more. Participants learned knowledge to help their writing be factual, interesting, and still maintain its credibility with readers who may be knowledgeable in the subject matter.

“The section on fight scenes did an amazing job of informing me how best to describe my murders,” Connor Baxter, sophomore writing major said.

Anyone interested in the Creative Writing program at Cowley College should contact Cervantes at marlys.cervantes@cowley.edu. The next public event on the Cowley campus is the Writers Corner and graduate reception on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The public is invited to attend.

Pictured above: Hannah Lyles learning to spin wool from an event specialist.