Between 2 Worlds

Are you Between 2 Worlds?

College bound?
Captivated by creative writing?
Curious about a career in writing?

It's not easy being a junior or senior in high school. You are standing on the edge of one world and about to leap into another, unknown world. Even though you may have had the benefit of top-notch in-class instruction, you may still be feeling a fair amount of concern.

"Between 2 Worlds" is a one-day critical and creative writing conference designed to answer many of the questions students at this juncture may have -

  • How will college level instruction be similar to or different from what you're used to?
  • What are the expectations of college writing professors, for example?
  • What opportunities will be available for you to explore creative writing?
  • What skills do you have now that could be sharpened and honed to help you in your future?

Come join experts in the field and learn how your aspirations can unfold in your academic life beyond high school.

2017 Young Adult Creative Writing Conference "Between 2 Worlds"
This day-long conference will feature the expertise of nationally and internationally known instructors, writers, artists, and musicians. Including some from Salem and Keizer!

WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am---3:00 pm

WHERE: Salem Alliance, Cedar Hall, Salem Oregon
555 Gaines St NE, Salem 97301 (transportation options will be available)

WHO: Juniors and Seniors who plan on continuing their education after High School

COST: FREE - Due to the generous sponsorships of Withnell Dodge/Hyundai and Dark Horse Literary Inc./Underdog Press there is no cost for students to participate. And lunch is included!

WORKSHOPS: Students will have the opportunity to hone their creative and critical writing skills across a wide spectrum of genres (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction/memoir, college composition writing, screenwriting) in a supportive and nutritive environment. They will also have an opportunity to share their work during an open mic session and receive one-on-one feedback during mentor meetings with nationally and internationally recognized writers.

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Adam Gallardo is a writer living in Oregon. At the moment, he is best known for his work writing comic books. He's the author of Star Wars: Infinites - Return of the Jedi as well as two creator-owned series, 100 Girls and Gear School. He's also written a handful of short comics stories. His debut YA novel, Zomburbia, was released by Kensington Publishing in 2014, and its sequel, Zombified, came out in 2015.

Dr. Steve Halliday president and founder of Hothouse Enterprises, Inc., an innovative communications company that focuses on collaborative content creation and development. He has worked on the editorial side of trade book publishing for more than thirty years, working with a Who's Who list of best-selling communicators. Dr. Halliday currently serves as Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Communications at Corban University in Salem, Oregon.

Kathryn Cellerini Moore explores the ways in which formative experiences continually effect health, behavior and worldview. Her time as a research assistant working with young teenagers in a stress and coping laboratory, in addition to her ongoing health concerns, give Moore the firsthand experience and understanding that body, mind, and environment are an intertwined ecosystem. She received her MFA from Stony Brook University in New York, a BS in Psychology and a BFA in Applied Visual Arts from Oregon State University.

Gina Ochsner is the author of the novels Russian Dreambook of Flight and the Hidden Letters of Velta B. She has been awarded the Flannery O'Connor prize for short Fiction, The William Faulkner Award, the Raymond Carver award and the Oregon Book Award. Ochsner teaches at Corban University.

Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas is Professor of Writing and Linguistics at WOU. Originally from Athens, Greece, she came to the US in 1980 on a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate work at the University of Kansas. She completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1987 and moved to Oregon in 1989. In addition to teaching at WOU, she is also the lead faculty in writing for Willamette Promise, a collaborative project between WESD, WOU, Corban University and OIT.

Heidi Schulz lies to children for fun and profit. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling Hook's Revenge, and a sequel, Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code, published by Disney-Hyperion. Bloomsbury Kids published her picture book debut, Giraffes Ruin Everything, in August 2016.

Ryan Stark is Associate Professor of Humanities at Corban University. His interests include rhetorical theory, satire, logic, and philosophy of language. He is the author of Rhetoric, Science, and Magic in Seventeenth-Century England (2009) and co-editor-with Tina Skouen-of Rhetoric and the Early Royal Society (2015). He has also published several essays on Renaissance and Enlightenment thought, including a recent study of humor in Laurence Sterne's sermons.

Colette Tennant is an English Professor at Corban University, where she teaches creative writing and literature classes. Her first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010. Her second book of poems, Eden and After, was published by Tebot Bach in July 2015.

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