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Events from the 2017-2018 Academic Year


Mar. 20, 7-9 pm: Open Mic Night at 21 East Bookstore.


Mar. 22-24: Sarah T. Schwab and Brian Long, Writers @ Work.

Sarah Schwab Master Poster

Thursday, March 22

4:00–5:00 p.m.: “Hunger Is the Best Sauce: Becoming a Professional Writer” (Craft Talk and Discussion)

Sarah will discuss how her experiences at Fredonia helped inspire and launch her writing career. She will also talk about the realities of being a full-time playwright and screenwriter living in New York City, including the challenges and successes she has experienced in her pursuit of truthful storytelling. Location: Science Center 105, Kelly Family Auditorium

6:00–7:30 p.m.: “Show, Don’t Tell: The Art of Visual Storytelling” (Public Talk and Film Screening)

Saying less is more. That’s the trick of visual storytelling. Sarah will discuss what inspired her to write and direct her first screenplay, “‘A’ My Name Is.” After her talk, there will be a screening of her short film, a story about a young girl with early stage cancer who has a late-night adventure that culminates in the realization of her mortality. Location: Fredonia Technology Incubator (214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk)

Friday, March 23

12:00–1:00 p.m. Appearance on High Noon Friday (WDVL, 89.5 FM; WCVF, 88.9 FM)

Schwab and Long will be interviewed on the campus student radio station.

3:00–4:30 p.m.        “Interrogate Your Darlings, Don’t Kill Them” (Writing Workshop)

The hairs that stand up on the back of your neck when something’s not quite right... That little voice inside your head that says, “Stop. Go this way, not that...” That’s your intuition speaking; your third eye; your heart or gut. Whatever you call it, Sarah believes it’s your most important tool as a writer. Unvarnished musings that so often surface in first drafts shouldn’t be met with death as one attempts to smooth out the rough edges, but rather with an honest conversation: “Does this push the story forward?” “What works here and why?” “How can I show this better?” Such questions will sharpen your skills, and Sarah will discuss why. Location: English Reading Room (Fenton Hall, Room 127)


Mar. 28: Sigma Tau Delta applications due into English Department Office, Fenton 277.


Apr. 5, 4-6 p.m.: Mary Louise White Lecture: Madelyn Detloff, Miami University of Ohio, McEwen 209.

McVicker Poster

Apr. 5-7: Four Years Out, Writers @ Work. Details TBA.


Apr. 7, 12-4:30 p.m.: Al Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose. Fenton 105.


Apr. 10, 4-5:30 p.m.: MLW Visiting Writers Series: George David Clark (craft talk), McEwen 209.

Apr. 11, 4-5:30 p.m.: MLW VWS: George David Clark (reading and book signing), McEwen 209.


Apr. 25: Sarah Thomson, campus lecture and workshops at Fredonia Elementary School. Details TBA.


May 11, 4-5:30 p.m.: Department Awards Ceremony. Place TBA.


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