The Augusta University Writing Project, an initiative of the College of Education, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Author Series. The series began in September 2020 to encourage students and community members to meet award-winning authors for presentations, conversations and more.
Since its launch, more than 500 registrants have participated in the Author Series. At the author events — which are free and open to the public — authors discuss their books, the art of storytelling, the importance of literacy and the impact of children’s and young adult literature.
In summer 2021, the AU Writing Project highlighted LGBTQ authors, which received national media attention, and is currently hosting a scholar series that focuses on researchers and scholars in the field of education.
“Our author series programs have quickly become a hallmark of our AU Writing Project work,” said Dr. Rebecca Harper, associate professor in the College of Education and director of the Augusta University Writing Project.
“These author sessions have allowed us to stay connected with our colleagues not only in the local area, but beyond.”
Review the fall 2021 lineup:
- Sept. 20: Deborah Hopkinson, author of more than 50 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction
- Sept. 27: Trung Le Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American comic book artist and storyteller (also known as “Trungles”)
- Oct. 4: Arvin Ahmadi, full-time writer and author of Down and Across, Girl Gone Viral and How It All Blew Up
- Oct. 18: Brod Bagert, author of more than 19 poetry books and creator of the “HeART of Science” book series
- Nov. 1: Jewell Parker Rhodes, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Black Brother, Black Brother and Ghost Boys
- Nov. 8: Rex Ogle, a Los Angeles-based writer of graphic novels, memoirs, young adult literature and more
- Dec. 6: Ellen Hopkins, poet, freelance writer and award-winning author of 20 nonfiction titles, three novels for adults and 13 New York Times bestsellers
- Dec. 13: Gayle Forman, author of several popular novels for young adults, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay
Registration for each event is required. All events start at 7 p.m., and the Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before.