This spring semester, Special Collections & Archives and the ZSR Library will be hosting the Sam Gladding Writing Experience. This event brings a scholar(s)/writer(s)-in-residence to campus and facilitates interactions between the writer(s) and students, staff, and faculty. The event culminates in a weekend of guided/facilitated writing for students, staff, and faculty and an opportunity for students to publish the work they create during this experience. The Experience wil begin Monday, January 29 and will run through Friday, February 2, 2024. The Experience will include a wide variety of authors and poets who will speak at public events and to WFU/WSSU classes.

Learn more about Dr. Sam Gladding and see his books.

Check out the schedule and registration links:

Dr. Samuel T. Gladding Writing Experience Events

Speakers Currently Scheduled:

Writers’ Camp

After a hiatus during COVID-19, Writers’ Camp is coming back as the capstone event of the newly created Sam Gladding Writing Experience, a week that honors the memory of Dr. Samuel T. Gladding and his contributions to publishing and support of students. Applications to participate will go live in late October, and students will be notified the week of Thanksgiving, with the event occurring on the evening of Friday, February 2nd from 4-9 p.m. in the ZSR Library. Participants will attend a keynote address, find a place to write in ZSR Library, and write until 9 p.m. (with a break for dinner!) Students will then have the opportunity to continue writing on their own for the next two weeks. Once the writing portion ends, we will copy edit, catalog, and publish the volume in print and ebook formats, providing each student with a print copy and keeping a copy in ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives (and another copy for check-out in the ZSR stacks!)

The application link goes live on Monday, October 23, and applications close on Monday, November 13, at 11:59 p.m.