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Young Writers Conference set for Nov. 14 at UT Martin


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MARTIN, Tenn. — Aspiring young writers can improve their writing skills at the annual Young Writers Conference, Friday, Nov. 14, at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Boling University Center and is sponsored by the UT Martin Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages.

The one-day conference is designed for students in grades 9-12 who wish to improve their creative and professional writing abilities. The conference is open to students recommended by their teachers on the basis of academic merit and artistic promise. UT Martin faculty and visiting poet and writer, Leslie LaChance, will teach a series of writing workshops.

LaChance, one of the Young Writers Conference founders when she taught at UT Martin, now teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn. Her poems have appeared in a number of periodicals, and her collection “How She Got That Way” was published in 2013 by Toadlily Press in the chapbook quartet “Mend & Hone.”

“We’re delighted to have this year’s visiting author (LaChance) in the program. She’s an incredible writer and teacher, and it’s great that she can come back to UT Martin to headline a conference that she has worked to make such in years past,” said Dr. John Glass, assistant professor of English. “Also, we are collaborating again this year with the West Tennessee Writing Project to provide a professional development workshop for teachers.”

The workshop for teachers will focus on creating and maintaining a successful student writing organization in public schools. Other events include a luncheon, a reading and keynote address by LaChance and an open mic for students.

Students will have the opportunity to read works created during the conference or other original writing created at home or in school. Throughout the day, students will create pieces of writing, interact with other young writers from the region, and learn from accomplished writers and teachers of writing.

The conference registration fee is $10 for students and $20 for teachers and includes all workshops, readings and a luncheon. Teachers are encouraged, but are not required to attend along with their students. Teachers should follow their school policies in arranging for parent/guardian permissions for students who will attend the conference.

Registration is limited to 150 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms must be received by Nov. 7, along with payment to UT Martin for the conference registration fee. Participants can register online at or by regular mail.

For more information about the conference or to register, contact Glass in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at 731-881-7288, or by email at



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