With 125 participants attending, WordFire 2013 Creative Writing Conference was a roaring success. The Literary Events Committee is already at work shaping WordFire 2014. Info will be posted here as it becomes available, but if you are new to WordFire, please peruse our content for 2013 for a sense of what our conference was like this past year.To keep informed of upcoming news regarding WordFire please sign up for our mailing list using the link below.
Who We Are: WordFire is the creation of the Butte College Literary Events Committee, whose mission is to strengthen the community of writers both at the college and in the surrounding region. WordFire 2014 seeks to provide a comfortable setting for new and seasoned writers to gather together to sharpen their writing skills, be inspired, and simply celebrate their love of the written word.
We look forward to seeing you at WordFire 2014!
3rd Annual WordFire Creative Writing Conference Set
Ignite your creativity! Fiction writers, poets, essayists and playwrights will find mentors and workshops to inspire their writing at the third annual WordFire creative writing conference. The one-day event will take place Saturday, April 26 at Butte College, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, in the Learning Resource Center, 2nd floor. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and other creative genres will be open to the public as well as to the Butte College community of faculty, staff, and students.
The conference provides an opportunity to socialize and network with other writers, including the workshop presenters. Attendees will leave each session with new ideas, new writing, and useful materials.
Butte College student Kailey Farrell said of last year’s conference, “WordFire was a great opportunity to discover all of the different ways I can use my writing to create an impact. In the span of one day I learned how to set up a plot for a novel, find beauty in nature poetry, and appeal to young readers in children’s book writing. Student and writer Chad Napoli added, “I loved being in a room with people just as eager to improve their writing as I am.” Chico State student George Goldkind, one of the members of last year’s Literary Arts Club, said, “Wordfire was an experience I will not soon forget. It is an environment meant to help writers of all styles flourish. The skills I learned at Wordfire I still use today in my writing.”
Over a hundred students and community members attended last year’s conference. The schedule this year is similar, with a new line-up of presenters featuring a songwriting workshop from local musician and poet Jeremy Gerrard, a memoir workshop with Neal Snidow, workshops from Floodplane editor Kiara Koenig, poets Gary Lemons, Jeanne Clark, Kathryn Gessner, and Susan Wooldridge; Sacramento author and educator Christian Kiefer, YA author C. G. Watson, novelist and short story writer Finn Kraemer and award-winning YA author Zu Vincent. Additional activities include a workshop on publishing with local writer Dan O’Brien, a presenter reading, a student salon and a panel on trends in publishing.
Lyon’s Books in downtown Chico will be hosting a reception for the conference on Friday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m., to include refreshments and an informal reading.
The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a light breakfast and buffet lunch are included in registration costs, which are $65 for community members and $35 for students. The event is sponsored by the English Department at Butte College and is supported by grants from Butte’s Associated Students as well as community donors including Burger Hut. For more information and to register, visit the WordFire website at buttewordfire.org, email us at email@example.com, or call Professor Molly Emmons at (530) 895-2935.