Joyce Carol Oates Now and Then

Contrast and compare Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival attendee Joyce Carol Oates’ “A Long Way Home“, written when she was just seventeen, to a much more recent work, “I.D.“, from 2010.

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Agnes Scott Writers' Festival

Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event: the finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the campus community. Today, the festival maintains these founding traditions along with some new features: creative nonfiction and dramatic writing were added to the contest in the 1990s, an alumna writer is on the program almost every year, and one of the visiting writers gives a one-credit workshop for Agnes Scott College student writers. From Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price, Richard Wilbur, and Margaret Atwood, to Rita Dove, Jane Smiley, Tim O’Brien, John Updike, Anita Desai, and Junot Diaz, the festival has brought great writers to the college to inspire and challenge our students and our audiences. For more information, please see our website: http://www.agnesscott.edu/writersfestival/

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