Students spent a month in Charleston’s sister city of Spoleto, Italy, where they wrote original work, studied literature, and presented their writing for discussion in workshops. They also read their work at organized readings under the direction of award-winning authors/program directors, Bret Lott, Carol Ann Davis, and Anthony Varallo.
Writing is both a significant and intimate activity. Acclaimed novelist Bret Lott reflects on his life as a writer through five essays exploring everything from the importance of literary fiction to the pain of personal loss.
Bret Lott is the bestselling author of fourteen books, most recently the nonfiction collection Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (Crossway 2013) and the novel Dead Low Tide (Random House 2012).
“Making Literature” is Taylor University’s biennial literary conference for undergraduates. In addition to student panels on scholarly papers and creative writing, the conference featured keynote speakers Hal Bush and Bret Lott, who shared advice and experiences from their careers as writers and professors. Poet Susanna Childress read from her work. The event also included a panel of editors who talked about their work and offered advice for those seeking publication.