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SummerWords returns for sixth annual workshop

The crowd looks on as Christian Kiefer speaks during the 2016 SummerWords conference at ARC. (File Photo)

Mack Ervin III

May 9, 2017

American River College will host its sixth annual creative writing workshop SummerWords late this spring from May 25-28. SummerWords is a creative writing festival that will feature panels, workshops, readings, and more from ARC professors and esteemed writers and poets. The festival will featur...

SummerWords welcomes Urrea for keynote speech

Author Luis Alberto Urrea speaks the the crowd at American River College during his keynote speech at SummerWords.
(Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

June 5, 2016

Bestselling author Luis Alberto Urrea gave the keynote speech at American River College’s SummerWords creative writing festival last Saturday, sharing anecdotes from his life before reciting a story entirely from memory. ARC English professor Michael Spurgeon introduced Urrea, and said that the...

Faculty readings kick off the first day of SummerWords

(Left to right) American River College English professors Cathy Arellano, Christian Kiefer and Lois Ann Abraham answer question after their readings at the first day of SummerWords. The creative writing festival is a four-day event that ends on Sunday. (Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger and Hannah Darden

May 27, 2016

By Hannah Darden and Jordan Schauberger The annual SummerWords creative writing festival kicked off its fifth year with featured faculty writers Christian Kiefer, Lois Ann Abraham and Cathy Arellano reading from their published or upcoming work at American River College on Thursday. The festiv...

SummerWords to bring creativity to ARC

Renowned poet Carolyn Forche recites her poetry during her keynote speech at SummerWords in 2015. This year's event will take place from May 26 through May 29 and the keynote speaker will be best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea. (File photo)

Jordan Schauberger

April 30, 2016

From May 26 through May 29, the American River College creative writing department will be hosting its fifth SummerWords at ARC, a community-based creative writing event featuring workshops, panel discussions and readings with award-winning, local and emerging writers. This year’s rendition of the event wi...

Published writer teaches the ins and outs of travel writing at SummerWords

Suzanne Roberts, a published writer, leads a workshop on travel writing at SummerWords.

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

July 8, 2015

Suzanne Roberts said that one way for travel writers to get into writing about a location is to look at their hobbies during her workshop at SummerWords. “When you think about the things that you already love, or you already know how to do really well, they become your niche,” said Roberts. Travel...

Internationally renowned poet concludes SummerWords event

Carolyn Forche recites her poetry at SummerWords on May 30. Forche is an internationally renowned, award winning poet.

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

June 25, 2015

Internationally renowned award winning poet Carolyn Forche was the keynote speaker on the last night of the SummerWords creative writing festival at American River College last month. Forche’s poetry touched on many topics, from childhood memories of her grandmother, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia,...

Number two New York Times Bestselling author speaks at ARC

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

June 1, 2015

Update August 24, 2015, 3:12 p.m.: An earlier version of this story falsely reported that Edan Lepucki's publisher was the Hatchet Book Group. In fact, the correct spelling is Hachette. By all rights her first book should have been a financial failure after Amazon.com refused to sell her book on the...

ARC professors discuss the basics of screenwriting at SummerWords

ARC professors discuss the basics of screenwriting at SummerWords

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

May 30, 2015

During a panel discussion on screenwriting, American River College English professor Jason Sinclair Long told an audience at SummerWords what it was like when he pitched a screenplay in Hollywood. “He said, ‘you have three minutes’, and he sat back and read the newspaper while I pitched,”...

ARC adjunct and novelist shares insight into young adult fiction

ARC adjunct and novelist shares insight into young adult fiction

Kameron Schmid and Kameron Schmid

May 30, 2015

For American River College adjunct professor and writer Erika Mailman, choosing to write her first young adult novel, “Haunted,” was mainly motivated by the story she was struck with one night after having a nightmare. But her motivation for writing it under the penname Lynn Carthage was her “slutty...

SummerWords opens with poetry and pastries

SummerWords opens with poetry and pastries

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

May 29, 2015

Dozens of American River College faculty and creative writing students spent Thursday night speaking with published authors and enjoying pastries on the opening night of SummerWords. SummerWords is a creative writing festival hosted by American River College, co-chaired by English professors Christian...

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