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CCC to celebrate writing at two events

Clackamas Community College’s English department will celebrate writing with two events at the end of May: the annual fundraising dinner to honor Mark Twain, and the Compose Creative Writing Conference.

The conference will kick off at 7 p.m., Friday, May 30, with the second-annual English department fundraising dinner. This year’s event is dedicated to Mark Twain and will include a catered dinner, music, raffle and silent auction, as well as readings by English Department faculty and professional actor Bruce Burkhartsmeier. Cost is $25 for students and $50 for others.

Money raised will support the English Department in its efforts to create and sustain an associate of science degree in English with four focus areas, including literature, creative writing, publishing and comics. The department dedicates scholarship funds for talented students who may not otherwise be able to attend college.

The Compose Creative Writing Conference will take place on Saturday, May 31, at CCC’s Oregon City campus in Roger Rook Hall, with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. Workshops include fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling, grammar and publishing.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Sean Davis, author of “The Wax Bullet War.” Notable presenters include legendary songwriter Pete Krebs; Diana Schutz executive editor of Dark Horse Comics; Jeff Baker, literary critic for The Oregonian; and award-winning authors Kevin Sampsell, Jamie S. Rich, Matt Love, Jay Ponteri, Joanna Rose and Perrin Kerns. English department faculty presenters include Sue Mach, Dave Mount, Taylor Donnelly, James-Bryant Trerise, Trevor Dodge, Sue Peznecker, Nicole Rosevear, Jaime Wood and Marlene Broemer.

Register online through Eventbrite. The cost for the conference is $10 for CCC students and $15 for the public. Lunch will be available for an additional $10.



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