Creative Writers At Dalton State College To Present Work

Friday, April 4, 2014
Marsha Matthews
Marsha Matthews

Students enrolled in creative writing and ePublishing classes at Dalton State College will read from their works at a program on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall on the campus. 

Faculty members Dr. Marsha Mathews, who teaches Advanced Creative Writing and is a published poet, and Ms. Barbara G. Tucker, who teaches ePublishing and is a published novelist, will also read from their works.  According to Ms. Tucker, the opportunity allows students to create an audience, publicize their work, and obtain feedback from real readers. 

“Students are a little nervous but excited to present their creative work.

It’s important that we provide them with venues of expression and a supportive audience,” said Dr. Mathews.

Dr. Mathews’ course in advanced creative writing has been taught several times on campus. In the class she is teaching this term, she is focusing on poetry and fiction. She also encourages student creative writing as a faculty advisor to the campus literary magazine Tributaries.

Dr. Mathews’ poetic works have been published in more than 80 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. She produced Northbound Single-Lane in 2010, published by Finishing Line Press, Sunglow and a Tuft of Nottingham Lace, winner of the Red Berry Press 2011 Chapbook Award, and Hallelujah Voices in 2012 by Aldrich Press. She has published more than 80 poems in literary magazines across the nation. She was recently awarded the 2013 Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction, a national award.

Ms. Tucker’s class in ePublishing is a new addition to Dalton State’s curriculum this spring; it will be taught again fall semester. Her background in ePublishing began in 2012 when she experimented with getting her short novel, The Christmas Visitors, published on Kindle.  “I was hooked on the idea of this new venue for writers,” Ms. Tucker says. “In my current class, I have four nonfiction and seven fiction writers, and the final project is to produce an e-book that can be purchased online.

Ms. Tucker has published three novels in traditional format, Traveling Through, Cross Road, and Legacy. 

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, those interested may contact Barbara Tucker at btucker@daltonstate.edu

Barbara Tucker
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