15th Annual Writers Workshop At Wayne College


The University of Akron Wayne College invites writers to attend the 15th annual Writers Workshop on Sat., April 7 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The event is open to students and the community. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins welcome. The College is located at 1901 Smucker Rd., Orrville.

This year's keynote address will be presented by author D.M. Pulley and is titled, Can an Engineer Write. As an historical mystery writer and former engineer, Pulley shares her journey from forensic engineer to best-selling author and the real-life mystery that inspired her first novel. In this informal discussion, Pulley will share what it took for her to start and finish the book and the struggle to get it published.

Workshop presenters include Dr. Debra Johanyak, professor of English, in which her graduate studies included a year in Shiraz, Iran, where she held a teaching assistantship and witnessed the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Jeff Gundy, teacher at Bluffton University, his seven books of poems include Abandoned Homeland (2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (2014), for which he was named Ohio Poet of the Year. Brad Ricca, teacher at Case Western Reserve University as a SAGES Fellow and is author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation and is also the author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Seigel & Joe Shuster – the Creators of Superman.

The event opens with a light breakfast followed by concurrent 75-minute workshops, a panel discussion, lunch, and the featured speaker. An awards ceremony will follow recognizing student and regional writers, including a Writer of the Year Award. The event concludes with a book signing featuring workshop presenters.

For more information or to register, contact Susan Ackerman at 330-684-8985 or 1-800-221-8308, ext. 8985. Registration is $45 (including walk-ins). For a complete list of workshop sessions and to download the registration form go to http://wayne.uakron.edu/writers/writers-workshop.dot.

The University of Akron Wayne College is an educational and cultural hub for Wayne County and the surrounding region. Student success is achieved through excellent teaching with an emphasis on individualized attention. Students are prepared for further educational pursuits, career success, and lifelong learning. Programming and support services are extended to our Regional Academic Centers, including The University of Akron Millersburg, Medina and Lakewood. To learn more, please visit wayne.uakron.edu.