Writers on tap for ARC's SummerWords event

Published: Sunday, May. 26, 2013 - 11:43 am | Page 6AANDE
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 - 8:23 am

Here's a rare chance for established and aspiring writers and poets, avid readers, librarians, students and the actively curious to get inside the craft of writing and learn from masters of the art.

The creative writing faculty of American River College is sponsoring the second SummerWords, from Thursday through next Sunday. It's a seminar of hands-on workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenplay writing; panel discussions; conversations with authors and journalists; expert advice from agents and creative-writing professors; and readings by published writers and poets.

The keynote speaker will be award-winning novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle, who will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento; (916) 442-5189.

Boyle will also appear on campus at 10 a.m. Saturday to discuss the craft of writing with SummerWords participants.

Among other award-winning writers and poets participating in SummerWords are:

• Memoirist-novelist and ARC alumnus Anthony Swofford, author of "Exit A," "Hotels, Hospitals and Jails" and the best-seller "Jarhead," which was made into a movie in 2005.

• Poet-writer and ARC English professor Christian Kiefer, whose 2012 novel, "The Infinite Tides," recently became available in paperback.

• ARC creative writing professor Michael Spurgeon, whose first novel, "Let the Water Hold Me Down," will be published July 1 by ARC's new Ad Lumen Press.

• Sacramento poet laureate Jeff Knorr, author of three books of poetry. He teaches creative writing at Sacramento City College and directs its River City Writers series.

• Writer-photographer Christa Parravani, author of the memoir "Her."

• Short-story writer Jodie Angel, whose new collection, "You Only Get Letters From Jail," is due in July. She teaches at UC Davis and Sacramento City College.

Tickets to SummerWords are $95, and include "An Evening With T.C. Boyle" at the Crest. The ticket price for Boyle's Crest event alone is $25.

For the SummerWords schedule of events, and to buy tickets, go to www.summerwords.com.

With the exception of Boyle's Crest event, all SummerWords sessions will be held on campus in the new Student Center and in the Library Building. ARC is at 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento.

– Allen Pierleoni apierleoni@sacbee.com

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