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Writing Workshop with Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle

On April 2nd, Margaret Wrinkle will present a short talk about her book, Wash, along with a writing workshop for writers in Acadiana at 2:00 PM at the Cecil J. Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St., Lafayette, Louisiana.

I have a feeling that Margaret Wrinkle’s writing style will translate into a deep soulful writing workshop.  Please make plans to attend.

 

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“In this luminous and spirited debut, Margaret Wrinkle takes us on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the burgeoning American South back to West Africa and deep into ancestral stories that reside in the soul.”

“Questioning all differences of blood and belief, erasing even the line between living and the dead, Wash sheds new light on our current racial landscape.”

Artist Statement:

“I was compelled to do this work as a way of reckoning with my own legacy of having slaveholding ancestors, and I have been guided throughout by Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that descendants of former slaves and former slave owners might one day be able to gather at a table of brotherhood.  It is my belief, after growing up in Birmingham and working toward racial reconciliation for years, that many of our current racial dilemmas can be traced back to the patterns laid down during hundreds of years of slavery, and that the only way to free ourselves from the effects of our shared past is to explore it with honesty and compassion.” Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and visual artist.  Her award-winning documentary broken \ ground (about a racial divide in her hometown of Birmingham, AL) was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival.

 

 

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2015 Contest Open

The 2015 contest is now open for submissions. Please use the form below. Pdf file available here. 2015LAwritesentryandflyer Due May 15, 2015. Do not email submissions. Winners announced by Sept. 1, 2015.

Louisiana Writing Project
Louisiana Writes! Youth Writing Contest – 2015

Entry/ Release form

Please print. Failure to include all information may disqualify the entry.

Student’s Name _________________________________________________________
Title of entry ________________________________ Grade level _________________
Language: English French Category: Poetry Fiction Nonfiction
Teacher’s name ________________________E-mail _____________________________
School ___________________________________________________________________
School address ______________________ Principal ______________________________
City _______________________________, LA Zip ______________________________
Student’s Home mailing address _______________________________________________
City _________________________________, LA Zip _____________________________
Home phone number ___________________ e-mail address _________________________
Pledge of originality: I declare that the work I am submitting to the Louisiana Writes contest is my own original work.

Student’s signature ___________________________________________________________

Release form: I hereby grant to the Louisiana Writing Project the nonexclusive right and permission in respect of the original writing I have submitted to the Louisiana Writes contest, to use, publish, and otherwise reproduce this work and to use my child’s name to identify the author of this work in connection with my participation in the Louisiana Writes Contest. I understand that any use of this submitted work will include my child’s name as its creator. In any of the winning categories, the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.

I, _________________________________, being the parent or guardian of the above-named minor, hereby consent to and join in the foregoing release and consent on behalf of said minor.
Note: Winners will be asked to submit a copy via e-mail in September of 2015. Authors and teachers should save a personal copy electronically enabling this submission.
An entry form is available at https://louisianawrites.wordpress.com
Louisiana Writes! Young Writer’s Contest
Louisiana Writing Project
Margaret Simon, Contest Coordinator
#3 Duperier Oaks, New Iberia, LA. 70563
Lawpwrites@yahoo.com

Louisiana Writes:
Youth Writing Contest – 2015

Competition is open to all Louisiana students in grades K-12.

Junior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (750 word limit)
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Medals and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the three grade-level divisions:
K-2nd grade 3rd-4th grade 5-6th grades
Medals and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division: K – 6th grades.

Senior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (1500 word limit)
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Prizes, medals, and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the three grade-level divisions:
7th-8th grades 9th-10th grades 11th-12th grades

Prizes, medals, and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division:
7th – 12th Grades

Deadline for entry: May 15, 2015

• Notification of winners by September 1, 2015.
• Entries must include an entry form with signed permission for publication. In order for judging to remain anonymous, please do not put the author’s name on the entry.
• Email submissions are not accepted at this time.
• Winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the winning authors will be invited to an event during the Louisiana Festival of the Book.
• In any of the winning categories the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.
• Students may enter writings in all categories within their age group.

Send entries to:
Margaret Simon
# 3 Duperier Oaks
New Iberia, LA. 70563
E-mail: lawpwrites@yahoo.com (Do not email submissions)