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Normandale hosts 2023 Fall Writing Festival on November 8

Normandale hosts 2023 Fall Writing Festival on November 8

Normandale Community College will host the 2023 Fall Writing Festival on Wednesday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kopp Student Center. The keynote speaker, Ty Chapman, will speak from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Kopp Student Garden Room.

Chapman is an author and poet based in Minnesota. He is the author of Sarah Rising (Beaming 2022); Looking for Happy (Beaming 2023); Stokes written with John Coy (Lerner 2024); and Tartarus (Button Poetry 2024). Chapman was a 2022 Center for Arts + Social Justice Fellow, an award used to support a speculative work in progress with social justice themes.

He was also a Mirrors & Windows fellow, a finalist for Tin House’s 2022 Fall Residency, Button Poetry’s 2020 Chapbook Contest, and Frontier Magazine’s New Voices Contest.

The 10-10:50 a.m. sessions will include Write now! Interactive Prose and Poetry (with Heidi Czerwiec, Sonia Greenfield in room K 0432) and Why writing about Death can bring literature alive: Tolstoy and Joyce compared (Patrick O’Donnell in room K 1450)

Sessions from 11-11:50 a.m. will include Write Now! Interactive Prose and Poetry (Ann Meek, Tom Maltman in room K 1450) and Faculty Authors Reading (Matt Mauch, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Heidi Czerwiec).

From 1-1:50 p.m. there will be a session title Paths to Publishing with Matt Mauch, Steve Woodward, Lynette Reini-Grandell) in room K 0432). There will also be an Authors Reading featuring Joyce Lee, Sonia Greenfield and Kris Bigalk in the Mezzanine area of the Kopp Student Center.

The festival will wrap up with sessions from 2-2:50 p.m. with Writing a Manifesto with Dan Darling in room K 1450. The Creative Writing Club will also host a Writing about Food panel with free snacks at the Mezzanine.

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