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Friday Morning/Afternoon, April 8, 2016:
Public school mentorship workshops by genre to selected elementary, middle, and high schools.  Alumni/ae writers, faculty, staff, and WFU undergraduates will engage language/writing classes in poetry, prose fiction, drama, and prose non-fiction/journalism across disciplines, genres, and age groups.  Target:  20 public or charter schools in WS/FCS.

Friday Afternoon/Evening, April 8, 2016:
Exhibit opens for weekend in Benson Center.  New WF Writers Hall of Fame inductees showcased.  Publishers, literacy groups, bookstores, writers, and programs will have tables up for Saturday in Benson.


Saturday Morning and Afternoon, April 9, 2016:

Continental breakfast.  (Lunch on one’s own.)
  • Reading by Joseph Bathanti (P ’06), Professor of Creative Writing at ASU and former Poet Laureate of NC.
  • Panel on Literacy Issues and Efforts, Winston-Salem to Washington, featuring Dianna Peacock (’98) of FirstBook, Inc., and others.
  • Panel on MFA programs led by Wake Forest Creative Writing faculty.
  • Presentation by student creators of “Writers Camp ZSR,” a student-produced work of creative writing/art instant-published in February, of the process by which they created their book.
  • Other panels and an “ALUMNI STARS” hour:  students can meet their favorite alumni writers!

Saturday Evening, April 9, 2016: 
  • Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame Banquet including induction of five new members representing a range of disciplines and approaches to writing.
  • Keynote address by alumnus Steve Duin (novelist, memoirist, reporter for the Portland Oregonian) on “The Ethical Requirements of the Public Writer.”
  • WA-SLAM! poetry and spoken word slam, Shorty’s in Benson.