Young writers at work
YOUNG WRITERS AT WORK — Ben Wright (left) of Union City and Jessi Pressley McKenzie were among participants at the recent University of Tennessee at Martin Department of English Young Writers Conference. The conference, designed for students in grades 9-12, offered a series of writing workshops taught by UT Martin faculty and visiting author Gloria Ballard. Students attended hands-on workshops in writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as songwriting and blogging. Other events included a reading by Ballard and an open mic reading for students to share their own work. Throughout the day, students who participated in the Young Writers Conference had the opportunity to create pieces of writing, to connect with other young writers from the region and to learn from outstanding writers and teachers of writing, according to information from UT Martin.