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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Friday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The event will feature Patricia Kirk, professor and essayist from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. Kirk will also offer a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, on the second floor of Eberly Library. The public is invited to attend.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by the faculty of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. During the student workshops, teachers can attend a workshop facilitated by Kirk.

Kirk is the author of two spiritual memoirs, “Confessions of an Amateur Believer” and “A Field Guide to God; A Seeker’s Manual;” a food memoir, “Starting from Scratch: A Wandering Cook in Search of Home;” a self-help book, “Easy Burdens: Doing the Stress-Free, Guilt-Free Work of God;” and a collection of essays, “The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent.” Her essays and other writings have been published in such journals as Quarterly West, Guideposts and The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724-852-3430.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize. Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, accepted the literary works of Waynesburg University writer-in-residence Dr. Robert Randolph. Randolph’s poem “All are Lamps” was published in The Hollins Critic, one of America’s leading literary journals. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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