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The English Department at Clackamas Community College will celebrate writing with two events at the end of May: the annual fundraising dinner that will honor Mark Twain and the Compose Creative Writing Conference.

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

Money raised at the event will support the department’s 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 will dedicate scholarship funds for talented students who may not otherwise be able to attend college.

The Compose Creative Writing Conference will take place 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.” Other presenters include songwriter Pete Krebs, Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics, Jeff Baker, literary critic 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.

The cost of the conference is $10 for CCC students and $15 for the general public. Lunch will be available for an additional $10. For information and to register, call Ryan Davis at 503-594-3258 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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