Penn State has become the first educational institution in the world, and the second location in North or South America, to partner with Short Edition of Grenoble, France. The innovative agreement developed by the Penn State University Libraries will deliver short, original pieces of Penn State creative writing into the public’s hands, encouraging direct community engagement with and conversation about writing by Penn State faculty, staff and students.
The professional writing minor is now available to students at Penn State Altoona. Designed to complement all bachelor’s degree programs, the new 18-credit minor helps prepare students to write effectively in academia and the workplace.
The National Day on Writing is Oct. 20, and Penn State York will celebrate with a panel discussion focusing on the topic "Celebrating the Writing in our Lives Professionally and Personally.” The program will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library and is free and open to the public.
“Let’s throw them together and see what happens." That statement may sound blasé, but it’s how photographer Steven Rubin and writer Julia Spicher Kasdorf felt when they embarked on a collaborative 400-level, special topics course in documentary writing and photography last spring. The result was the student creation of three books and three websites representing elements of Renovo, a small town in northern Pennsylvania that, like many in the area, has declined since the heyday of the lumber, coal and railroad industries in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Penn State Beaver English Lecturer Athena Pangikas-Miller and about a dozen of her creative writing students are hosting an open mic night at the Brodhead Bistro on April 13.
Award-winning poet and professor Kate Daniels will visit Penn State as the Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence March 21-25, offering a free public reading at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium.
Elizabeth Kadetsky will read excerpts from her latest novella, “On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World,” on Oct. 22 when the 2015-16 edition of the Creative Writers Reading Series resumes at Penn State Behrend. Her 6 p.m. reading and the reception that will precede it are free and open to the public. Both events will be held in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.
Penn State Behrend alumna Heather A. Slomski will have her first book, "The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons," released this October from the University of Iowa Press. The book is a collection of 15 stories and deals with the theme of loss.
Novelist Chuck Wendig will discuss gender diversity and how it ties into storytelling during his visit to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Monday, March 3.
Mini-courses designed to increase creative stimulation and variety in physicians' daily routines can sharpen critical thinking skills, improve job satisfaction and encourage innovative thinking, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers who piloted a series of such courses.
Writers, naturalists, birders, journal keepers, teachers and students are invited to learn how to turn observation into word at "Earth's Eye: A Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World," a day-long event to be held at Presque Isle State Park and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Thomas Noyes, an associate professor of creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, was one of five artists honored with a $6,000 grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that offers financial support to writers and visual artists who also are parents of young children.
Environmental journalist Erik Reece, author of "Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness" and "An American Gospel: On Family, History and the Kingdom of God," will read from his works a5 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept, 29, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Pittsburgh poet Jim Daniels will open the Creative Writer's Speaker Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Daniels will read from his published and forthcoming works at 6 p.m. in the college's Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel. An author reception will take place at 5:30 p.m.; both events are free and open to the public. Ample free parking will be available in the Junker Center lot.
Jane Brox, author of three highly acclaimed memoirs, will read in the Creative Writer's Speaker Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.