Writing Festival

2017 Writing Festival Event Schedule (April 6, 2017)

Normandale Community College will host several readings and literary events during the week of April 3, culminating with the eighth annual Writing Festival on Thursday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All events are free and open to the public and require no pre-registration or tickets. 

Monday, April 3: Naomi Kritzer, 3 - 3:50 pm, Room C 2036 - Kritzer is a blogger and speculative fiction author, whose short story  "Cat Pictures Please" won a Hugo (2016), Nebula (2015), and Locus Award (2016) for Best Short Story. She will read from her work and discuss her career as both a nonfiction blogger and speculative fiction writer.

Wednesday, April 5: Duchess Harris, 1 - 3 pm, Garden Room, Kopp Student Center - Harris is a professor and chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College. Her other publications are the co-authored book Black Lives Matter with Sue Bradford Edwards, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton/Obama, and an edited volume with Bruce Baum, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity (Duke University Press). Her fourth book, Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA is about the Black women who did mathematical calculations for John Glenn to go to the moon. Harris was motivated to write this book with Sue Bradford Edwards because her grandmother was in the group of the first 11  recruited to work at NASA. Dr. Harris will be reading from her work and discussing the process of writing and publishing nonfiction books.  

Thursday, April 6: Normandale Writing Festival, 10 am - 3 pm, Partnership Building/Kopp Student Center, featuring Chris Santiago, Keynote Speaker -    This year's keynote will be on Thursday, April 6 at 12 p.m., in the Garden Room, Kopp Student Center. 

Santiago, author of the Minnesota Book Award nominated poetry book, Tula, will read from his work, which centers on the experience of first and second generation immigrants, and will discuss poetry and the writing process.  

Normandale's annual Writing Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features 50-minute panels, workshops, and readings centering on all types of writing, including fiction, business documents, poetry, nonfiction, scripts, and more.

A full schedule will also be posted in late March at http://normandaleafacw.wordpress.com.

Normandale is home to a nationally-known AFA in Creating Writing program, and boasts seven published and award-winning authors on its faculty.For more information on this event, please contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creating Writing at kris.bigalk@normandale.edu, or at 952-358-8384.