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SPARK Writing Festival

2022 Events

SPARK Writing Festival August 1st-6th
This is a past event.

SPARK is a community-based creative writing initiative by the UAB Department of English designed to spark inspiration and bring writers together. As always,...

Halley Cotton
This is a past event.

Start your day with informative and encouraging craft talks with SPARK Writing Festival’s director, Halley Cotton. (in person on UAB’s Campus and streamed...

8/1 9am
Stream Available
Will Walton
This is a past event.

Two time novelist (I Felt a Funeral in my Brain and Anything Could Happen), Will Walton will create a space for imagination and exploration for those...

8/1 10am
Virtual Event
Memoir Workshop with Salaam Green
This is a past event.

Known for her transformative healing work and ability to bring out the depth of others’ writing, Salaam Green is an award-winning artist and writer. Her...

Poetry Workshop with Tina Mozelle Braziel
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Phillip Levine Prize poetry winner and fellow of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Tina Mozelle Braziel guides participants through the poetic process...

YA Literature Workshop with Randi Pink
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Critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Randi Pink will walk workshoppers through how to construct and shape writing literature for young audiences.

SPARK Writing Festival: Ben Bush
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An incredible designer and Associate professor at Auburn, Ben Bush will lead participants through organizing their writing flow with sketching and design tools.

8/1 7pm
Virtual Event
Halley Cotton
This is a past event.

Start your day with informative and encouraging craft talks with SPARK Writing Festival’s director, Halley Cotton. (in person on UAB’s Campus and streamed...

8/2 9am
Stream Available
SPARK Writing Festival: Javacia Harris Bowser
This is a past event.

Award-winning freelance journalist and author, Javacia Harris Bowser is set to help SPARKers learn how to set and achieve their writing goals with planning...

8/2 7pm
Virtual Event
Halley Cotton
This is a past event.

Start your day with informative and encouraging craft talks with SPARK Writing Festival’s director, Halley Cotton. (in person on UAB’s Campus and streamed...

8/3 9am
Stream Available
SPARK Writing Festival: Jared Nelson
This is a past event.

Fantasy writer and gamer, Jared Nelson will unlock character and world building exercises by using classic gaming tools.

8/3 7pm
Virtual Event
Halley Cotton
This is a past event.

Start your day with informative and encouraging craft talks with SPARK Writing Festival’s director, Halley Cotton. (in person on UAB’s Campus and streamed...

8/4 9am
Stream Available
SPARK Writing Festival: Michelle Little
This is a past event.

Oral historian and audio producer, Michelle Little will lead attendees through helpful ways of gathering the stories of those around us.

8/4 7pm
Virtual Event
Halley Cotton
This is a past event.

Start your day with informative and encouraging craft talks with SPARK Writing Festival’s director, Halley Cotton. (in person on UAB’s Campus and streamed...

8/5 9am
Stream Available
SPARK Writing Festival: Imani Williams
This is a past event.

Poet and educator, Imani Williams will create opportunity for writers to experience and practice spoken word poetry.

8/5 7pm
Virtual Event
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