For the past twenty years, UT students and faculty members have inspired area high school students and their teachers to write prose and poetry. More than 1,300 students have attended the annual daylong writing workshop. This year’s institute is Saturday, March 2nd.
Locally and nationally recognized writers lead workshops for students in poetry, fiction, songwriting, screenwriting, journalism, and performance poetry; and peer-oriented workshops for teachers of writing. Writing instructors from Knoxville and surrounding areas are invited to exchange ideas while gaining instruction from a lineup of accomplished and published writers. This year’s instructors include poet Lynnell Edwards (author of the critically acclaimed Covet and two other collections of poetry), Don Williams, an award-winning columnist, and Daniel Roop, a Pushcart nominee and an award winning Slam Poet.
Formerly known as the Young Writers’ Institute, the program was renamed to honor UT alumnus and former Metro Pulse owner Brian M. Conley, who gave an endowment to the program a decade ago, ensuring it will continue for many years to come.