F250. Community Crafting: Reaching Beyond the Classroom to Empower Local Communities

Archives, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do we convince students of the power of integrating classroom experiences within their communities, of the importance of touching lives beyond the page? From senior centers to humane shelters to museums, service learning provides vast opportunities for writers to contribute meaningfully to their communities. But what are the challenges of doing so, and which projects yield the best results? Join panelists as they explore innovative opportunities for writers to impact the world with words.



Sean Lovelace works in flash fiction and hybrid fiction and nonfiction. He has won several awards. He is the author of Fog Gorgeous Stag and They Could No Longer Contain Themselves. His next book is about Velveeta. He directs the creative writing program at Ball State University. He blogs at seanlovelace.com.

B.J. Hollars is the reviews editor for Pleiades, a mentor for Creative Nonfiction, and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He's the author of several works, most recently From the Mouths of Dogs and This Is Only a Test, as well as the editor of Blurring the Boundaries.

Sarah Blackman is the director of creative writing at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts magnet high school. She is the fiction coeditor of Diagram, and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online literary magazine for high school age writers. She has published two books: Mother Box and Hex.

Jennifer Franklin (Brown AB, Columbia MFA) is the author of the poetry collections, Looming and Persephone's Ransom. Her work has been published by the Paris Review, the Nation, Boston Review, and poets.org. She is coeditor of Slapering Hol Press and teaches at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.


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