A Celebration of Teaching and Writing


Festival Events and Activities (2018) on the Ammerman Campus and at the Sayville Center


Monday, April 23:


6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  • A Reading with Poets Wendy Chen and Jared Harél
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Mildred Green Room, Babylon Student Center



Wednesday, April 25:


11:00 a.m. to 12: 15 p.m.


  • Annual English Department Symposium
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Room 115, Islip Arts Building



Thursday, April 26:


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


  • A Reading with Poet Jessica Cuello
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Mildred Green Room, Babylon Student Center


Friday, April 27:   Conference Day


Register online at: http://www.thecwfestivalatsccc.com/registration.html




8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Registration and Sign-In

Shea Theatre Lobby, Islip Arts Building

Participants are welcomed to the eleventh annual SCCC Creative Writing Festival with a complimentary breakfast.


9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Welcome Address and Reading featuring Ashley M. Jones and Sue Halpern

Room 115, Islip Arts Building


11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.  Panel Discussions & Creative Writing Workshops

These sessions are for students and teaching faculty. They are discussion sessions with topics related to issues in genres, publishing, teaching, and the profession of writing.


  • Non-fiction Graphic Narratives: Inspiration and Tools to Tell Real-Life Stories: A Workshop with Dawn Wing
  • This interactive workshop will include a brief talk on my own inspiration for creating a non-fiction graphic narrative, doing research, and practical tips for writing and drawing subjects. I will also share insights and tips from journalist-cartoonist Josh Neufeld ( "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge”) whose workshop I attended at Pine Manor College during Winter 2018. Participants will have time to write, draw and share their own 'name story' comic strip as inspired by Harvey Pekar.


  • Other panels/workshops TBA



12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Luncheon, Keynote Address featuring Lois Roma-Deeley

Montauk Point Room, Babylon Student Center

A complimentary luncheon will be served to participants.


2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. At The Writer’s Desk

Montauk Point Room, Babylon Student Center

A moderated discussion with critically acclaimed writers about their writing processes, the genres they write in, and the art and profession of writing.


3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Closing Reception and Book Signing

Montauk Point Room, Babylon Student Center

Participants will enjoy complimentary coffee and refreshments while having their books signed by the festival’s featured authors.


Held annually on the Michael J. Grant, Ammerman, and Eastern Campuses of Suffolk County Community College (www.sunysuffolk.edu) in Suffolk County, NY

Updated: January 2019