April 14 festival at TTU celebrates student writing

The composition program and English department at Tennessee Tech University present the second annual Festival of Student Writing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.on Wednesday, April 14, in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center. The festival is free and open to the public.

“It’s an occasion designed to celebrate, showcase, and discuss students’ writing and research projects from their English 1010 and 1020 courses,” said Tony Baker, Director of Composition and coordinator of the festival.

The main feature of the festival is the work of participating students, mostly freshmen, who are on hand to display their work at various booths and tables. The non-competitive event features primarily alternative texts, including posters, exhibits, brochures, multimedia presentations, and performances. Many student projects are collaborative efforts.

“Last year’s festival was just outstanding, and I’m excited to see what the students have developed for this celebration,” Baker said. “Visitors to the festival can expect interesting projects, lively interaction, and some entertaining surprises. It’s a rare chance for people to talk to students about their writing projects.”

Immediately following the festival is an awards ceremony for winners of the Department of English’s writing contests: the Golden Eagle Prose Writing Competition, the Freshman Writing Awards, and the Lora A. Printz Memorial Poetry Prize. The awards ceremony begins at 12:30 and features students reading from their award-winning work.

For more information about the Festival of Student Writing, call Tony Baker at 372-3909.

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