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DSC English Department Faculty and the Southern Quill to Host Creative Writing Clinic
9/14/2011 : Arts & Culture

Faculty from Dixie State College’s Department of English, along with editors from the Southern Quill, DSC’s annually published literary magazine, will host a creative writing clinic at the Writers of the Purple Sage poetry retreat in Kanab, Utah on October 21 and 22. The clinic, which is being called “Poetry for the People,” will provide-on-the spot creative writing instruction, as well as general information about writing technique. Among the DSC faculty members who will attend are John Chavez, Darren Edwards, Stephen B. Armstrong and Jim Haendiges, faculty adviser for The Southern Quill.

“We are delighted to be a part of this event,” says Stephen B. Armstrong. “As we continue to develop creative writing offerings at Dixie State, we want to extend our reach into the local community, meeting with established writers and people who are eager to learn this difficult craft. Being a part of Writers of the Purple Sage will help us better meet that goal.”

In addition to DSC faculty, editors from the Southern Quill will be participating in the clinic. Jim Haendiges explains, “The Southern Quill is not just a publication that people read once a year. We want it to be a publication that encourages writers through the writing process and helps writers publish their work. Poetry for the People is a great opportunity to connect with writers in the community.” Haendiges notes that participants in the panel will not only provide people with information about writing technique, but how to get their work into print.

             Published annually since 1950, the Southern Quill is committed to bringing attention to the arts in southern Utah. The journal publishes poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and artwork produced by Dixie State College students; it also welcomes material from writers and artists who live in Utah’s Washington and Kane Counties. Recognizing the historical and cultural links between St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, the Southern Quill has begun to accept submissions from residents of Clark County, Nevada, as well.

This year, the Writers of the Purple Sage retreat will devote much of its attention to contemporary and western poetry. Featured speakers will include Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, former Utah Poet Laureate David Lee and cowboy poet Rod Miller. The Writers of the Purple Sage retreat will be held at Kanab Middle School, October 21-22. Registration is $30. For more information about the retreat, contact Kelly Stowell by phone at (435) 899-0443 or visit

For more information on Southern Quill-sponsored activities and submissions, visit The next deadline for submissions to the Southern Quill is December 23, 2011.

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