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BPC’s Young Writer’s Conference Set for February 25, 2011
The Brewton-Parker College Division of Arts and Letters will present its eleventh annual Young Writers Conference on Friday, February 25, 2011, on the Brewton-Parker Campus, at Gilder Recital Hall in the Miller Music Building.
8:00 am to 8:45 am - Registration and fees - foyer, Gilder Recital Hall
9:00 am - Welcome.
9:10 am - MS Sian Jones, an alumna of the National Foundation for
Advancement in the Arts' ARTS Program, will deliver the plenary address. Her
B.A. in English is from the University of Utah, and her MFA is from Mills
College. At Mills, she was managing editor of the experimental journal, 580
Split. She was awarded Ardella Mills prizes in both fiction and the essay, and
she was first runner-up for the Amanda Davis Thesis Award. In 2006, her
work was selected by Jane Smiley for inclusion in the Best New American
Voices anthology. Currently, she is a Senior Technical Writer at Innovative
Interfaces, Inc, while she continues work on her first novel.
10:00 am - Students will participate in one of six workshops. The work
they complete may be submitted for competition and prizes. (See Workshops
10:05 am - A special panel for parents and teachers with Mr. Jim Beall ,
Vice-president of Enrollment Services, and Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter, Chair of
the Division of Arts and Letters.
Provided under the direction of Arts and Letters faculty:
- Professor Zeke Addison, MFA, associate professor of art, will conduct a hands-on, visual arts workshop titled, “Writing About Art .”
- Professor William Denni, PhD, associate professor of Language and Literature, will direct a workshop titled, “Ways To Begin A Story.” This workshop will acquaint students with the techniques for beginning a story and discuss the different effects each achieves. Then, students will write several versions of the beginning of a story, using some of the discussed techniques.
- Professor George Mosley, Instructor of English, will guide a workshop titled, "Parody's Sting: Putting a Fool in a Wise Man's Cloak." This session will focus on how parody achieves its comedy, in poetry and prose, by putting its victims up against backgrounds that show their faults. When a person portrays Glenn Beck as Thomas Jefferson, the joke comes from the contrast, and that is the sting of parody. In our workshop, we will look at some famous parodies and work on creating some of our own, and we may even work on the "parody of praise."
- Professor Gareth Jones, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, will lead the workshop, "How to Analyze a Film Without Being Obnoxious." In this workshop, we’ll answer some of the following questions:
1. What is the narrative and what is the difference between Plot and Story?
Narrative is a chain of events in a cause-effect relationship occurring in time and space.
The Plot is what occurs in the time of the film. The Story is the full events including those before and after the time frame of the film.
2. What is the major theme of the film or what is the director trying to say?
3. Are there motifs, and what do they signify?
A motif is a repeated element in a film.
4. What is the genre of the film and what conventions of that genre are present?
5. What is the Mise-en-Scene?
Mise-en-Scene is what appears in the frame of the camera. What is on screen.
6. Compare the beginning with the ending. What is the same, and what is different?
- Professor Ron Hugar, PhD, assiciate professor of English, will lead the workshop, "Writing Digitally for an Electronic Age." Web pages, Wikipedia, blogs and social networking are all aspects of writing digitally for an electronic age. Even though written texts can be delivered electronically in the 21st century, the age old problems of communicating clearly an idea or message to a reader or viewer remains at the center of creating an effective and interesting text. Digital media offer the writer new opportunities for accomplishing the communication objective. Using the computer to combine the use of audio and visual media along with printed text, can make the creation of complex and attractive documents that were once possible only for large corporations available to every computer user. Even so, all the creative wonders made possible by digital media still require solid planning and writing skills to be effective. Join our workshop to experience the basics of creating dynamic and interesting texts in digital media.
- Professor Jeremy Gore, Instructor of Learning Assistance, will lead a workshop titled "The Inverted Pyramid: Basic Newspaper Style." This workshop is intended for all the creative journalists in the community, and includes writing tips and hints on the best presentation for a story.
1:45 pm - Presentation Of Awards ceremony in Gilder Hall.
2:30 pm - Conference ends.
3:00 pm- Following the Conference end, faculty and staff will help with information
regarding scholarship awards and admissions.
The fee of $25 per student, which includes a bag lunch and a conference tee shirt, may be paid with a mail-in registration form or may be paid at the sign-in table at Gilder Hall beginning at 8:00 a.m. The cost for lunch to non-participants is $10.
Further inquiries may be directed to Dr. Thom Brucie, Director of Creative Expressions, at: (912) 583-3104, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org