Normandale Hosts Sixth Annual Writing Festival on April 7

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Writing Festival Schedule

Writing Festival Detailed Schedule and Session Descriptions

Normandale Community College will host its sixth annual Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Writing Festival is free and open to the public, and features hourly presentations on all aspects of writing.

The keynotes are prose writer Barrie Jean Borich and poet Sean Hill. Borich is the author of Body Geographic and My Lesbian Husband, and Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties and Brown Liquor.

Writing Festival sessions will be facilitated by guest writers and writing professionals, along with Normandale faculty.  Sample topics include blogging your way into print, learning about the connections between Irish rock and literature, creative writing techniques, and how to get a job in social media writing.

Following the Writing Festival, will be the 39th annual reading of student winners and judges of Normandale's Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing. The judges will be Stephan Eirik Clark, author Sweetness #9, and poetry judge Sun Young Shin, author of Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black.

Normandale is home to a nationally-known AFA in Creating Writing program, and boasts seven published authors on its faculty, including a Minnesota Book winner and an Alex Award winner.

For more information on this event, please contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creating Writing at, or at 952-358-8384.