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Pitt Year of Humanities Continues with Writer’s Festival

by Rob Spadafore

This year’s Writer’s Festival is a weeklong event during which the Pitt-Greensburg campus hosts authors and storytellers. The week also serves as a reunion for writing alumni. The festival runs from April 11-15. All events are free.

Sarah Shotland, a playwright, author, and speaker at this year’s festival, said, “[College writing events] allow for a

Guest Writer Sarah Shotland

Guest Writer Sarah Shotland

spotlight to shine on the humanities, which can get lost at universities. And events like this are important for writers because it allows us to talk about why writing really matters rather than just try to sell our individual books. I’d much rather participate in an event like this than an event that’s purely for self-promotion. I love hearing from students and young writers, and I remember loving hearing from more experienced writers when I was a student.”

The event starts on Mon. April 11, when author and blogger Ben Tanzer will speak at 7 p.m. in Village Hall 118.

On Tues. April 12, Tanzer, along with author Joseph Peterson (who will be here on Mon. April 11 as well), will host an informal open workshop in Powers Hall 118. While this event is also free, advance registration is required.

Students from the Digital Storytelling class will present their work on Wed. April 13 at 7 p.m. in Cassell Hall 116.

Two events are happening on Thurs. April 14: at noon, Pitt-Greensburg professor and author Lori Jakiela will moderate a panel discussion with authors Thomas Sweterlitsch, Sarah Shotland, Ben Gwin and Eric Boyd in Campana Chapel. Then at 7 p.m. in Powers Hall 100, the guest authors will give readings on the theme “We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live.”

The festival concludes on Fri. April 15 with a celebration of the launch of the second edition of the Route 30

Guest Writer Joseph Peterson

Guest Writer Joseph Peterson

Anthology, a compilation of works from Pitt-Greensburg alumni. The book was edited by alum Michelle Boring with consultation from Jakiela. Along with the book launch, senior Pitt-Greensburg writing capstone students will be reading passages from their manuscripts. All of this will take place at 7 p.m. in Campana Hall.

If you have any questions or want to register for the April 12 event with Tanzer and Peterson, contact Professor Jakiela at loj@

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