Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2005

Whitworth, Gonzaga English Faculty to Lead
Spokane River Writers Workshop Nov. 5

Whitworth College and Gonzaga University English faculty who are accomplished, published authors are collaborating to present a daylong writers workshop in the genres of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The Spokane River Writers Workshop will take place at the Bozarth Mansion, in north Spokane, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Saturday workshop will be preceded by an English Department Endowed Reading with poet Li-Young Lee on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. Book sales, a signing, and a reception will follow the reading. Admission is free.

The Nov. 5 Spokane River Writers Workshop will feature manuscript-review sessions, craft workshops, panel discussions, and readings. Writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to participate. Book tables with the writers' books and off-prints will be available all day. Books by workshop leaders will be available for purchase at a discount.

The workshop-session leaders are Whitworth professors Nadine Chapman, Laurie Lamon and Vic Bobb, and Gonzaga professors D.S. Butterworth, Beth Cooley and Tod Marshall.

Session leaders will discuss topics including "Building Character: From Stereotypes to Minds of Their Own," by Beth Cooley; "Invention Strategies: Creating and Developing Ideas," by D.S. Butterworth; "Spiritual Explorations in Creative Nonfiction," by Nadine Chapman; and "Why I Don't Believe in Writer's Block: Receiving the Mysteries and Writing Toward the Poem," by Laurie Lamon. Panel discussions will address the topics of time management for creative writers and the nuts and bolts of having one's work published.

Cost, including lunch and beverages, is $25 for students, $50 for Gonzaga and Whitworth alumni, and $75 for the general public. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitworth.edu/writingworkshop.

Writers who wish to include their work in a manuscript session must register and submit their manuscripts, in one genre only, by Friday, Oct. 28. Interested writers may register for the workshop after this date, but their work will not be covered in the manuscript workshop. Auditors are welcome at each manuscript session.

Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to lrodrigues@whitworth.edu. Mail manuscript hard copies, and a registration check made payable to Whitworth College, to Lisa Sem-Rodrigues, English Department, Whitworth College 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. Spokane, WA 99251.

Participants may be able to register at the door, space permitting. Payment may be made by check to Whitworth College; credit-card payments can be made online at www.whitworth.edu/writingworkshop.

For more information, please contact Beth Cooley at cooley@gu.gonzaga.edu, Doug Sugano at dsugano@whitworth.edu, or Lisa Sem-Rodrigues at 509-777-3253 or lrodrigues@whitworth.edu.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Beth Cooley, professor of English, Gonzaga University, cooley@gu.gonzaga.edu.

Lisa Sem-Rodrigues, English program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3253 or lrodrigues@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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