The 2012 Week of Writing's World of Words

There's always a lot of talk at Drexel about robots, the future of technology, and how we're on the cutting edge. But on the other side of our brains we've got art, and Drexel Publishing Group is showcasing the trends and future of writing through a week of events.

In May every year Drexel's English Department celebrates the written word with the Week of Writing (WoW). This year it's being held May 21-25. Throughout the day Monday through Friday, professional writers and Drexel faculty will be presenting readings, panel discussions, workshops, and writing challenges that cover a broad range of subjects. The 2012 WoW program offers nearly 20 events with topics that include, How to Create the Next Great _____, Writing for Social Change, Graphic Writing Workshop, Crime Writing, The Philadelphia Writing Scene, Twiction Workshop, and Performing Memoir.

In the past, WoW has featured some bigger names in the literary world, like travel writer, Jason Wilson (2007); comic book writer, John Arcudi (2011); and poet Dorothea Lasky (2011). This year, WoW coordinator and co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group, Kathleen Volk Miller, says that rather than a big name, they've invited many writers with impressive résumés to lead workshops and act as panelists, such as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Pew Fellowship finalists, magazine and journal editors, and TEDxPhilly conference speakers.

Student writing will also be featured. The winners of the Week of Writing contest in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, humor, and op-ed/persuasion will be reading their submissions during the Marathon Readings on Monday and Tuesday. The winning pieces will also be published in The 33rd, which is used as part of the freshman writing curriculum.

Many of the events will take place in the Mandell Lobby and the Creese Student Center Lobby. For the full event schedule and information about the events and panelists, visit Drexel Publishing Group.

May 18, 2012

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