September 23, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Cassie McVeety, 360/546-9601,
STORY SOURCE: Pamela Smith Hill, 360/546-9441,
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Journalists, copywriters and authors will visit Washington State University Vancouver this fall to participate in a lecture series entitled "Writing as a Profession." Students and the public are encouraged to attend the events, which are open to the public without charge.
        The series begins with "Perspectives on Technical and Professional Writing" at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Library Building. Brenda Alling and Betsy Henning, founders of AHA!, and Bernie Meyer, of Concept Publications, will discuss their careers as technical writers.
        "A Panel of Novelists" will be the focus of the Oct. 18 program set for 7 p.m. in the Library Building. Featured authors include Milena McGraw, an author originally from Czechoslovakia; Eloise McGraw, whose latest book, "Moorchild," was a Newberry Honor Book; and Robin Cody, author of "Ricochet River," which is currently being made into a feature film.
        "Writing Creative Non-Fiction," set for 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Library Building, features writers from diverse non-fiction backgrounds. The panel includes author Dorothy Morrison, whose newest book is "Outpost: John McCloughlin and the Far Northwest"; and Chris Lydgate, a staff writer for Willamette Week. Also scheduled to speak is author Peter Chilson, a non-fiction author and essayist from Pullman, Wash.
        The series is designed to acquaint the community and the university's professional writing students with a variety of writing careers. More information about the series can be obtained by calling WSU Vancouver's humanities department at 360/546-9441.
        WSU Vancouver is celebrating its 10th year within the WSU system, and provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses leading to 13 bachelor's and seven master's degrees. The campus is located on 351 acres seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.


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