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English students engage with professional writers, learn potential career paths

For Immediate Release: September 17

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Peter Meidlinger
Professor and Chair, Department of English
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Springfield, Mo., Sept. 17, 2010 — Drury University’s Department of English will host Working With Words, an English symposium, on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 in the Harwood Room of the Olin Library. The symposium is a celebration of creative writing, by professionals and students, while also exposing students to available career paths.

The symposium will kick-off on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a career fair tailored specifically to English students.  Students will have an opportunity to speak with published writers, editors and publishers, as well as alums who earned their degrees in English. This opportunity is particularly valuable to students studying English because it provides them a chance to begin to plan their futures as writing and English majors.

In addition to attending the career fair, students will also have the opportunity to hear readings from Rachel Dewoskin and Zayd Dohrn. “These are two widely published writers,” says Peter Meidlinger, chair of the Drury English department. “Students learn a lot from hearing them read and talking to them about the craft and practice of writing.”

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Reading by Playwright Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his plays, Sick and then Reborning.

Friday, Sept. 24, 10-10:50 a.m. Reading by Writer and Poet Rachel Dewoskin
Rachel Dewoskinwill read from her new novel, Big Girl Small

Friday, Sept. 24, 11—11:50 a.m. Reading by Zayd Dohrn
Zayd Dohrn will direct students from the Theater Department as they read from his one act, It Was Wrong of Me.

Friday, Sept. 24, noon, Student Reading
Drury’s creative writing students will read from their work

All events are free and open to the public.

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