The festival is free, and the public is invited.
"The event is designed to celebrate, showcase, and teach others about students' writing and research projects from their English 1010 and 1020courses," said Tony Baker, director of composition and festival coordinator.
The main feature of the festival is the work of participating students, mostly freshmen, who are on hand to display their projects at various booths and tables. Rather than stacks of essays, this non-competitive event features several hundred students' alternative texts, including posters, exhibits, brochures, multimedia presentations, and performances. Many texts represent collaborative efforts.
"It's always exciting to see what students have been working on," Baker said. "Visitors to the festival can expect interesting projects, lively interaction, and some entertaining surprises -- a carnival of ideas. This event is a rare chance for students to just talk to people about their writing projects and ideas. It's great fun."