Come let your imagination bloom at the 5th annual WordSpring Creative Writing Conference April 23 at Butte College's Learning Resource Center, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration cost is $65 for community members and $40 for students and includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch.
This one-day event includes workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, journaling, food writing, songwriting, nature writing, and more. WordSpring is open to community members, educators, and high school and college students.
This year's schedule brings award-winning novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who will read from her latest novel, "Before We Visit the Goddess," on Friday, April 22 for a special evening reception. The reception is free and open to the public with refreshments served and a no-host bar available at Roots Catering & Restaurant, 3221 Esplanade, Chico, at 7:30 p.m. Divakaruni will also lead a workshop at the conference on Saturday.
The workshop schedule also features poets Kiara Koenig, Sarah Pape, and Susan Wooldridge, novelist David Sundstrand and flash fiction writer Chella Courington, and songwriter Jeremy Gerrard, amongst many others. Last year's conference attracted over 150 students, faculty and community members and the event continues to grow.
Workshops offer insights and ideas on the writing craft from those working in the field today. Our intimate setting provides opportunities for both novice and experienced writers to network with other writers and workshop leaders. One attendee Brite Cheney said of his experience, "WordSpring is an invaluable resource to anyone looking to improve or even get started writing."
Butte College student and writer Cale Castro adds, "A realm of possibility unfolds when an aspiring poet or storyteller seeks advice from like-hearted professionals. WordSpring allows aspiring writers to attain such advice in a familiar classroom environment."
The conference is sponsored by the Butte College English Department and is in part supported by donations, student equity funding, and Butte College Associated Students.
Visit Butte WordSpring for more information and to purchase tickets. Check Butte WordSpring's Facebook page for updates. Contact Professor Molly Emmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 895-2935 with any questions.