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Special Programs and Events

Festival of Writing
The Earth's Eye Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World, held each year in the early fall, is a Saturday of workshops, panel discussions, readings and more led by Penn State Behrend faculty and other accomplished writers.

Creative Writers Reading Series
The Smith Reading Series, a better reading series than many M.F.A. programs have, each semester brings a poet, a fiction writer, and a literary nonfiction writer of national stature to campus to read their new works and talk to the students about their work, literature, and the literary world. And through the efforts of faculty member Kim Todd, we now have an arrangement with The Erie Reader, a local magazine which publishes on-line (and sometimes in print) an interview with each Smith Series visiting writer. These interviews are conducted and written by students in Kim Todd’s literary nonfiction courses.

The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival
Due to Creative Writing Professor George Looney’s position as co-founder and co-director of The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, the Creative Writing program sends to the festival each year a number of student scholars at a reduced cost paid by the program. At the festival, the students get to work with writers of national stature in workshops, attend panel sessions and readings by those writers, and enter into a community of writers more varied in terms of age and experiences than the community they have here with their peers. It is an invaluable opportunity for our young writers.

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