Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers to meet Sept. 27-29 at UTPA
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Posted: 09/12/2012
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Faculty, students, and the community at large are invited to greet and hear poets and prose writers from all over the state at the annual conference of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT). The conference will be held Sept. 27-29 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Playwright and UTPA assistant professor of English Dr. Philip Zwerling will be a featured speaker at the annual conference of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) Sept. 27-29 at UTPA. Zwerling is the current TACWT president.
Founded in the mid-1970s, before the expansion of university creative writing programs, TACWT was instrumental in connecting creative writing teachers from across Texas. Today, TACWT members continue this legacy, gathering for annual conferences, sponsoring student writing contests, promoting literary publications, and sharing creative works with one another.

Among the 52 speakers at this year's conference will be UTPA President (and novelist) Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale, screenwriter Al Rodriguez ("Machete"), TACWT President, playwright and assistant professor of English Dr. Philip Zwerling, and published authors like UTPA alumna Myra Infante-Sheridan ("Combustible Sinners"), UTPA alumnus Brian Carr (Short Bus"), and Jose Skinner ("Flight"). Included also are poets Chris Ellery ("The Big Mosque of Mercy") and UTPA alumna and English lecturer Katherine Hoerth ("Among the Mariposas"), as well as scriptwriter and associate professor of communication David Carren ("Murder She Wrote" and "Star Trek"), among many others.

Student contest winners in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction will also read their work and receive prizes of new iPads provided by UTPA.

All of the readings and gatherings will be held in the Communications Arts and Sciences Building at the west end of the UTPA campus beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 and concluding at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

The conference is sponsored in part by the UTPA College of Arts and Humanities as its contribution to the UTPA HESTEC celebration Sept. 24-29.

Everyone is invited to learn more about the conference and register at the TACWT website.

For more information, contact Dr. Philip Zwerling at