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Lakeland College will celebrate the written word at the annual Great Lakes Writers Festival on Lakeland's campus, Nov. 3 and 4.
This two-day event features readings and workshops with guest authors Beth Ann Fennelly and Larry Watson, along with members of the Lakeland faculty.
Fennelly has built a reputation as one of the finest young writers in the country and is a published and awarding-winning poet and prose writer who grew up in Lake Forest, Ill. She now resides in Oxford, Miss., as an assistant professor of English at the University of Mississippi, advising her students to read constantly and read aloud.
Watson is a highly-regarded, local, national and international novelist from Milwaukee. His fiction has been published in more than 10 foreign editions, and he has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. Once a long-time teacher of writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin/Steven Point, Watson presently is a member of Marquette University as a visiting professor.
The Festival includes a writing contest which features two categories - high school participants and all remaining participants. Anyone who attends the Festival is eligible. First place in both categories will receive cash awards in each of three genres - poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
The festival is free and open for all college students, high school students (who must pre-register) and the general public.
For further information or to register, contact Karl Elder, Lakeland Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at 920-565-1276 or email@example.com. For a complete schedule of both days and additional information, visit the festival's website, www.greatlakeswritersfestival.org