Pellissippi State invites young writers to free mini-conference

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Knoxville’s high-school age writers are invited to the third annual Young Creative Writers Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 8.

The workshop is a free, day-long event open to any local high school students who have an interest in creative writing. Individual sessions will include poetry writing, fiction writing, screenplay writing and songwriting. The workshop will be held at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Lunch will be provided.

Students will have the opportunity not only to learn writing skills, but be able to tour the Strawberry Plains Campus and interact with professors, administrators and other students. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to perform or recite their original works; parents and teachers are invited to attend the showcase.

Though the event is free, space is limited. Register at by Oct. 5.

Instructors at the event will include two of Pellissippi State’s own faculty members plus Kali Meister, playwright and theatre instructor, and Nashville songwriter and composer Chris Robbins.

“This year’s Young Creative Writers Workshop will be our best yet,” said Patricia Ireland, Pellissippi State English instructor and planner of the event. “We’re aiming higher than ever in the quality of the workshops and the value of the whole experience for local high-school age writers.”

The Young Creative Writers Workshop is funded through an Arts Builds Communities grant from the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, which is matched by funds from the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 865-694-6528.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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