Writers Festival 2018

Drew's annual Writers Festival is a multidisciplinary celebration of writing that engages students to see writers from diverse traditions and fields. Students engage with writers as living artists relevant to our time and experience in the Bay Area in order to explore a writing process through inspiration, creation, and reflection.

This year's theme is VOICE: Inspiration, Creation, Reflection.
Visiting writers facilitate a workshop to share their work, discuss their writing process, and lead a writing activity related to their field. In addition, students gather in the theater for two distinct assemblies: the first with keynote speaker Carolina de Robertis, and the second with Youth Speaks.

Visiting writers include:
  • Kim Shuck
  • David Innocencio
  • Anne Walker
  • Olivia Sears
  • Jerome Gentes
  • Megan Williams
  • Tennessee Reed
  • Trinidad Escobar
  • Lydia Kiesling
  • Harriet Heydemann
  • Mary Lemmer
  • Cliff Mayotte
  • Meghan Adler
  • Brent Cunningham
  • Carlone De Robertis
  • Michael Gene Sullivan
  • Deborah Kelson
  • Fred Schodt
  • Martin Rock
  • Rachel Levin
  • Alyssa Aninag
  • Rachel SkalrMegan Waring
  • Eileen Torrez
  • Ki Sung
  • Lex Fajardo
  • Denise Newman
  • Andrew Fargo
  • Parker Peevyhouse
  • Sylvia Brownrigg
  • Faith Aidele
  • Laura Rena Murray

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will see themselves in relationship to writers and topics across fields and disciplines
  • Students in each workshop create something that represents their voice
  • Students find space for strong individual expression
  • Students see writing as an essential life skill for communication and expression
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