A Celebration of Teaching and Writing


Festival Events and Activities (2017) on the Ammerman Campus and at the Sayville Center


Monday, April 24:


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • Society of Writers Reading
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Mildred Green Room, Babylon Student Center



Tuesday, April 25:


2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


  • Conversation Q&A with Stefon Bristol, Filmmaker
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Room 203, Islip Arts Building




Wednesday, April 26:


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


  • A Symposium on “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Room 115, Islip Arts Building



Thursday, April 27:


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • Faculty Reading
  • Ammerman Campus
  • Mildred Green Room, Babylon Student Center


Friday, April 28:   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 tenth annual SCCC Creative Writing Festival with a complimentary breakfast.


9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Welcome Address and Reading featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Aracelis Girmay

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.


  • "The Beauty of Person": Poetry Writing on the Human Form: A Workshop with Heather Macpherson and Jacqueline Morrill
  • In this poetry writing workshop, we will look at different works of art from paintings to photographs by artists from Botticelli to Imogen Cunningham. Through visual observation, we will generate poetry about details and aspects of the human form as narrative and landscape.


  • The Interview Format as Creative Collaboration with Handful of Wheel (A Podcast): A Panel Discussion with Maura Conley and Haele Wolfe
  • During our podcast, we rely heavily on a model of feminist pedagogy, where all the participants create meaning in the conversations by interacting with the landscape specific to each ride. What’s developed as an area of interest for us, and what we’d like to discuss during our panel, is how conversations with artists (for Handful of Wheel) can create a dialogue with our own work as individuals and how strong a role space plays in creating and maintaining a feminist dialogue.
  • Place-Based Poetry -- Finding Your Niche: A Workshop with Barbara Branca
  • It’s spring. We celebrate the earth. Scientists observe and analyze the elements of natural world. Shamans call upon the spirit of the natural world. Somewhere in between is poetry of place. What is your natural habitat? Ecologists call it an ecological ‘niche.’ Participants use a series of prompts to create a “poem of place”—a place where you can be alone without being lonely.

12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Luncheon, Keynote Address featuring Paul Lisicky and the Creative Writing Awards for College Writers Ceremony

Montauk Point Room, Babylon Student Center

A complimentary luncheon will be served to participants, and the creative writing awards will be presented to attending students.


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