Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Festival To Celebrate Student Writing

The composition program and department of English and communications at Tennessee Tech University present the ninth annual Festival of Student Writing from 11 to noon on Tuesday, April 19, in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Roaden University Center.  The festival is free, and the public is invited.

"The event's primary goal is to celebrate, showcase, and teach others about students' writing and research projects from their English 1010 and 1020 courses," said Tony Baker, director of composition and coordinator of the festival.

The festival features the work of participating students, mostly first-year students, who are on hand to display their projects at various booths and tables. Rather than stacks of essays, this non-competitive event features several hundred students' alternative texts, including posters, exhibits, brochures, multimedia presentations, and performances. Many texts represent collaborative efforts.

"It's exciting to see what students have been working on and how theydesign their festival texts," Baker said. "We expect a wide range of interesting projects, lively interaction, and some entertaining surprises-a real carnival of ideas. This event is a rare chance for students just to talk to people on campus about their writing projects and ideas. It's great fun."