Get out your spectacles and head to Agnes Scott College in Decatur to experience distinguished writers read their works, teach, and talk with students!
The Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event: the finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the Decatur campus community.
For the love of books – and reading – you don’t want to miss out on this long standing tradition! Today, the festival maintains these founding traditions along with some new features: creative nonfiction and dramatic writing were added to the contest in the 1990s, an alumna writer is on the program almost every year, and one of the visiting writers gives a one-credit workshop for ASC student writers.
From Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price, Richard Wilbur, and Margaret Atwood in the early days, to Rita Dove, Jane Smiley, Tim O’Brien, John Updike, Anita Desai, and Junot Diaz in more recent times, the festival has brought great writers to the college to inspire and challenge their students and our audiences.
Make sure to checkout Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival website for the full list of distinguished writers and events and come out for some Decatur fun!
When: April 4-7 | Where: Agnes Scott College | How much: Free Admission
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