KPC's campus in Homer will host the annual Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 10 to 14 at Land's End Resort. The conference is a statewide, nationally-recognized writing conference featuring workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing.
The event brings well-known authors from a wide variety of disciplines together to offer attendees daily workshops, panel presentations, readings and craft talks.
This year the keynote address will be given by the 2001-03 U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Collins has published seven collections of poetry and his work has appeared in many well-known literary mag azines. His last three poetry collections have broken sales records for poetry and he has received honors including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
This year's conference also offers a Young Writers' Workshop designed for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12. The workshop, "Taking Chances: Following Hunches," will be directed by Jack Driscoll. Driscoll is an award-winning author and current writer-in residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 at the Kachemak Bay East Campus.
Early registration continues through May 11 with discounted registration fees. An additional discount is offered to University of Alaska students who are registered in a degree program. These students must also register within the early registration period in order to receive the discount.
For more information about the conference, including registration fees and details about visiting writers who will serve as faculty, contact Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swarz at (907) 235-7743, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the conference Web site at http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu/.
Art students open exhibit in G.L. Freeburg Gallery
Art professor Celia Anderson and some of her worker bee art students have hung the annual student show in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery. This year there's a mix of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, computer-manipulated works and fiber art. Some of the works in the show are for sale.
The show opened yesterday and will continue through May 6. The gallery is located in the Brockel Building at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna on College Loop off Kalifornsky Beach Road.
For more information, contact Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Summer class regisration under way
Registration for summer classes is now under way at Kenai Peninsula College. Courses can be found on the KPC Web site: www.kpc.alaska.edu. Students can register until the day the class begins. Start dates range from May 16 to July 6.
Thirteen classes are being offered including several that meet general education requirements. College algebra, general psychology, fundamentals of oral communication (speech) and methods of written communication (English composition) all fall into this category.
An advantage of taking college courses in the summer session is an accelerated curriculum. Most classes meet more than a month and a half to two months with varied class periods.
For more information about summer session, contact Student Services at 262-0330 or toll free at (877) 262-0330.
KPC journalism professor
earns summer opportunity
Assistant professor Janice High has been selected as one of 15 participants nationwide for a summer institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Historical Association. The four-week "Rethinking American History in Global Perspective" will be at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where participants have visiting scholar status. Participants will read scholarly works, hear lectures by experts in the field and work on independent research projects. A main goal of the institute is for participants to enhance current course curricula to include an international component. High plans to do so specifically with her journalism classes.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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