Painted Bride Quarterly was at Drexel Publishing Group’s Week of Writing last week, and we couldn’t be more excited about all of the awesome panels we saw!
On Monday we started the week off strong with Marathon Reading, where the undergraduate winners of the Week of Writing contest had an opportunity to read their work to an audience. All winners of the contest will be included in Drexel’s undergraduate anthology, The 33rd. It was great to hear the amazing work from Drexel’s students.
Later that day we had the opportunity to participate in a panel on modern elegy. Panelists included: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, Cheryl P. Sucher, author of The Rescue of Memory, artist Cheryl Levin, and professor Bruce Kaminsky of Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. The panel was moderated by the Harriet Millan, Director of the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.
The last event of the day was a reading from Autumn House Press prize winners: Kathy Anderson, Harrison Fletcher, and Anne Marie Macari. Anderson read excerpts from her book Bull and Other Stories, Fletcher read from his memoir Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, and Macari read poems from her book Red Deer. That night, the readers joined us at the Black Sheep Pub for another reading of their work. We were glad to have such accomplished authors at our events.
Tuesday, we opened with a panel on technical communication with Nad Rosenberg from TechWRITE, Jen Horner from MTM LinguaSoft, and Gary Sternberg from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General.
Then, we had a panel on free speech that erupted into a discussion on diversity in media. Our panelists were: Erin Entrada Kelly, author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, playwright Matthew Freeman, and FIRE’s Samantha Harris.
Next we had the opportunity to participate in an interactive presentation on linguistics in “Be Heard: Exacting: An Interactive Experience” with Bill Fennelly. We ended our day at Drexel’s Writers Room in the Dornsife Center for workshops with members of the community.
Wednesday started off with our panel “Healing and Writing” with panelists: Dr. Ted Fallon, Professor Ken Bingham, Assistant Teaching Professor Jill Moses, and Lisa Devuono . This interactive panel centered on the writing as a therapeutic tool.
Up next we had a hilarious panel on writing humor! The panelists included: Jen Childs of 1812 Productions, blogger Katherine Fritz, and stand-up comedian R. Eric Thomas. We got to discuss some important issues in political correctiveness and comedy.
The day ended strong with a panel about television, and the ways in which we consume media in a changing landscape. The audience had a lot to say about what they’re watching on Netflix with panelists: Paula Marantz Cohen, Ellen Gray, and Dr. Rosalind Sibielski.
On Thursday we got the opportunity to learn about science writing with Dr. Ted Daeschler, Richard McCourt, Sean O’Donnell, Elizabeth Burke Watson, and Steve Volk. Then we explored the intersection of writing and drawing with Kelly McQuain, Jacklynn Niemiec, Melanie Farley and Valerie Fox.
We ended the week strong with a session on sports writing with Scott Warnock, Ellen Staurowsky and Brad Wilson. Even if you weren’t interested in sports, the panel explored sexism in the media as well as sports’ negative influence on our culture. Then, we went out with a Slam, Bam, Thank You, Ma’m writing competition before Drexel’s English Department Awards.
We’re sad to see the week go, but we look forward to more awesome panels next year!