The 2016 Colorado Mesa University Writing Conference
At the end of the day, several of the student-writers received awards for their work.


CMU hosts writing conference for high school students

About 200 high school students from the West Slope attended the 2016 Colorado Mesa University Writing Conference on Feb. 26.

Students from Grand Junction, Central, Fruita Monument, Palisade, R-5 and Montrose high schools as well as those from Mesa Valley Community school and several homeschooling groups spent the morning attending writing workshops and competing in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction writing. The workshops were led by CMU faculty from the English program.

Visiting author Todd Peterson, PhD, gave a presentation in the morning to the students and the public. Peterson is the director of project-based learning at Southern Utah University. His recent academic work focuses primarily on film and adaptation studies. He is also the author of two books, Long After Dark, a collection of stories and a novella, and Rift, a novel. He has just finished a collection of linked stories entitled Small World and is currently at work on a second novel, Into the Blue Again.

The 2016 Writing Conference’s workshop topics included “Performing Your Words: How to Sound Good in Public”, “Writing Under Pressure: Acing the Timed Exam”, “Telling Lies to Tell the Truth”; “Everyday Magic: The Realism of Sorcery, Witchcraft, Wizardry, Conjuring, Thaumaturgy, Divination and the Fantastic in General” and more. The conference concluded with an award ceremony for the high school students.

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