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Writers Weekend



Participants will learn from award-winning authors who will discuss elements of craft and share their original creative nonfiction, fiction, music and poetry. 

Participants seeking feedback on their own writing can also register for individual critiques with one or more of the authors. Additionally, GRU Creative Writing faculty will give readings and lead special workshops for high school students. 

Cost: $15-50 (plus a manuscript fee, if applicable). 

Contact Anna C. Harris, Director, for more information:

Writers Weekend at Summerville 2014 honors Dr. Lillie B. Johnson, and is co-sponsored by GRU's Department of English and Foreign Languages, and the Division of Professional and Community Education.



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Visiting Faculty

Bronwen Dickey is an essayist and journalist who writes regularly for The Oxford American. Her work has also appeared in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, Outside, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009 she received a first-place Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and a MacDowell Colony residency grant. Her first book, DOG/FIGHT: What the Pit Bull Panic Says About Us, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in 2014.


Dr. Blake Brandes is a consultant, hip-hop educator, producer, composer, rapper, beatboxer, DJ, breakdancer, and Marshall Scholar. He received his PhD from the University of Kent and is currently running Decrypt Productions, a music production and strategic consulting company. His research interests include intergenerational communication, the connections between language, identity, and commitment in hip-hop culture, the commoditization of global youth culture, postcolonial political movements, and the aesthetics of hip-hop. Blake is committed to mediating the gap between the academy and the streets.


Susan Tekulve’s nonfiction, short stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review, and Shenandoah. Her story collection, My Mothers War Stories, received the 2004 Winnow Press fiction prize. Author of Savage Pilgrims, a story collection (Serving House Books, 2009), she has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship and teaches writing at Converse College. Her novel, In the Garden of Stone (Hub City Press) won the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2012.


Eric Smith holds an MA from Northern Michigan University and an MFA from the University of Florida. He has served as Poetry Editor and Assistant Editor for Passages North and Subtropics, respectively. He is currently the Editor of Cellpoems, a txt-message-based literary journal. His poems and essays have appeared in 32 Poems, American Literary Review, Five Points, Pleiades, SmartishPace, Verse, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology.

Currently, he teaches writing at Marshall University.


As a board certified rheumatologist, Glenn Parris has practiced medicine in the northeast Atlanta suburbs for over 20 years. He has been writing for nearly as long. Originally from New York City, Parris migrated south to escape the cold and snow, but fell in love with the southern charms of Georgia and Carla, his wife of 22 years. He now writes cross-genre in medical mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin is his debut novel.


Arial Alexis began writing when she was only 14 years old. When her father deployed to Iraq from Fort Bliss in 2010 with the 1-36 Infantry as a Combat Medic, she began outreaching to troubled youth through the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms. The stories she heard and the people she came into contact with stirred up an entirely new perspective on humanity and the battles both within us and in the world. Taking her newfound understanding, and a bit of inspiration from the band, Breaking Benjamin, she began work on a new novel. And so, the birth of Take the Breath Out of Me (Tate Publishing, 2013) began. 


Participating GRU Faculty

Karin Gillespie is the national bestselling author of Bet Your Bottom Dollar, A Dollar Short, Dollar Daze and Earthly Pleasures (under the pen name Karen Neches). Her writing has been honored with a starred Booklist, starred Kirkus and Book Sense Notable. She was also the founding editor of a regional parenting magazine and lifestyle columnist for the Augusta Chronicle. Currently, she teaches composition at Georgia Regents University.