A Celebration of Teaching and Writing



The English departments of Suffolk County Community College, the SCCC Office of Student Activities, and the SCC Association invite you to our 11th annual Creative Writing Festival.  Our week of events features a series of faculty and student readings, plus additional creative writing workshops, hosted on all three campuses from April 23-April 27, 2018, culminating in our traditional all-day conference*. As always, we are bringing professional writers and teaching faculty from across the country to engage with SCCC students and faculty, and members of the Suffolk County community, for a day of conversation, writing, and celebration.


This year, we're proud to announce that our week of events will feature readings and workshops with two of our finalists for the inaugural First Book and Lawrence J. Epstein Visiting Writer Awards:


First Book Visiting Writer Award, Finalist


Wendy Chen




Wendy Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has recently appeared in Rattle, The McNeese Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her first book, Unearthings, is forthcoming from Tavern Press in January 2018. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. Currently, she is co-founder and editor of Figure 1.




Lawrence J. Epstein Visiting Writer Award, Finalist


Jessica Cuello



Jessica Cuello is the author of Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016), Hunt (The Word Works, 2017), and the chapbooks  My Father's Bargain (2015), By Fire(2013), and Curie (2011). She has been awarded The Washington Prize (for Hunt), The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and The Decker Award from Hollins University for outstanding teaching. Pricking was recently nominated for the Central NY Book Award. She teaches French in Central New York.




The 2018 Week of Events schedule is not yet finalized.


Monday, April 23:


12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

  • Faculty Reading
  • Eastern Campus
  • Rooms 107/108, Montaukett Learning and Resource Center




Tuesday, April 24:


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


  • Poetry & Fiction Broadsides: A Collaboration Between Creative Writing and Drawing II Students
  • Eastern Campus
  • Rooms 107/108, Montaukett Learning and Resource Center



Wednesday, April 25:


  • TBA



Thursday, April 26:


11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Reception Celebrating Student Poetry & Prose Broadsides
  • Eastern Campus
  • Student Lounge, Orient Building


2:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.


  • HUM 121 Poster Session: Mini-Books and Other Art and Text Projects
  • Eastern Campus
  • Rooms 107/108, Montaukett Learning and Resource 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.


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