Highland Summer Conference set for mid-July

Diane Gilliam

Diane Gilliam

Author and poet George Ella Lyon and poet Diane Gilliam will teach at the 36th annual Radford University Highland Summer Conference, set for July 15-19 on campus.

One of the longest-running creative writing programs in the United States, the conference will offer an intensive format with morning and afternoon classes. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and is open to the public. Undergraduate and graduate students earn three hours credit in Appalachian Studies or English. Tuition fees apply.

Lyon and Gilliam, both of whom have taught at the conference in previous years, will collaborate on a curriculum to include advanced readings and pre-writing as well as submitting final portfolios. They will give joint readings on Tuesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Library.

George Ella Lyon

George Ella Lyon

"We are fortunate to have two seasoned, highly respected writers who are also wonderful teachers. George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam have both taught multiple times at previous Highland Summer Conferences with great success," said Ruth Derrick, an adjunct faculty member in RU's Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center.

To learn more, email rderrick@radford.edu or call (540) 831-5366.

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