Books and Writers: Marilee Swirczek

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Writing workshop/reading, 1 – 4pm
at the Carson City Library Auditorium
900 N Roop Street, Carson City

How Not To Look Like A Novice: Avoiding Beginners’ Mistakes
CCAI Books & Writers Series Presents Marilee Swirczek

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] invites you to attend a reading and writing workshop with local writer and teacher Marilee Swirczek at the Carson City Library, 900 N Roop St., Carson City, Nevada. The writing workshop, “How Not To Look Like a Novice: Avoiding Beginners’ Mistakes,” will take place Saturday, March 9 from 1 – 4pm. The free event is part of CCAI’s Books & Writers series co-sponsored with the Carson City Library. CCAI and the Library enthusiastically invite all writers and readers to attend the workshop.

In the workshop, Professor Swirczek will present techniques of the craft of writing that will propel writers swirczektoward stronger work. She said, “There is no mystery to good writing. Sometimes even the most experienced writer forgets that it is the subtle revision that speaks the loudest.” Selected pieces from her writings will serve as examples of these various techniques. She has a collection of poems and several novels in progress including A Season at Tamarack and Coyote.

Professor Swirczek taught literature and writing at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu and California State University, Sacramento, before joining the faculty at Western Nevada College in 1989, where she served for six years as English/Foreign Languages Chair and Lead Faculty for Communication & Fine Arts. She founded Lone Mountain Writers (1991) and was recognized as Humanities Scholar, Nevada Humanities Committee (2003); WNC Instructor of the Year (1990-91), UCCSN Outstanding Faculty (1995-98); and Distinguished Nevadan (2001). Active in community affairs, she served on the Carson City Board of Supervisors (1987-89) and writes an opinion column for the Nevada Appeal.

Professor Swirczek is project director for Always Lost: A Meditation on War, an arts/humanities exhibition that originated in her creative writing class in 2009, received national acclaim, and was invited to Washington, D.C. by members of the U.S. Senate. Always Lost has been on national tour since 2010 and is currently on exhibition at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She was awarded a Medal of Honor in 2012 by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her contribution to the nation through her work on Always Lost. A Pennsylvania native, Swirczek has lived in Nevada since 1978.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

A Nevada Arts Council Artist Residency Express Grant partially funded this project. CCAI is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, City of Carson City, Nevada Arts Council, City of Carson City, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John and Grace Nauman Foundation.

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