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Meramec Writing Festival Runs April 10-11

The Meramec Writing Festival is back this year, taking place on April 10-11 in the East Theatre Lobby at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

This biennial event has been hosted by the English department for more than 30 years and is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme of “write local” brings nine authors from St. Louis and the surrounding areas to campus to present on their craft, with topics ranging from science fiction and fantasy to nonfiction and everything in between.

“I’m really excited to see how these artists interpret the topic of ‘local’,” said Todd Rohman, associate professor of English who organized this year’s festival. “Our itinerary is packed with all genres – poetry writers, mystery writers and even cartoonists.”

Having such a broad selection of artists allows students to enjoy every aspect of writing, even the part that isn’t writing. And the festival won’t just cover the work of nationally known authors. It will also explore the highs and lows of writing, the struggle of getting published, and will have workshops that provide hands-on experience writing with these talented authors.

“Along with reading sessions with each author, there will also be moments for attendees to ask questions and enjoy refreshments,” Rohman said. “It will be a great opportunity for the students to explore their options, and it helps that this festival has been supported immensely by the college. It shows that the arts are still important and still mean something. They still have a big place in the world.”