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North Lake College Announces Writer’s Festival Lineup

  Four Acclaimed Authors Speak Up


IRVING, Texas- North Lake College’s annual Writer’s Fest returns Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 in the Student Life Center, room H-200. This year’s festival, The Romantics of Writing, features four strong female authors and is open to the public. Professor of English and Literature Dr. Brett Bodily coordinates the event.
 
“This event connects students to professional writers, helping them experience the nuances of publishing,” explains Bodily, “Vicariously, participants share in the challenges, transformations, and successes professional writers experience.”
 
Acclaimed author Chong Kim will share how her own personal challenges led her to write. A survivor of human trafficking, Kim uses her poetry, memoir writing, blogging and public speaking to reach out to victims of abuse and end slavery. “I am a fighter, writer, and artist,” Kim’s blog reads. Her newest endeavor, a documentary called “Street Dreams,” follows the international sex industry in South East Asia.
 
Also speaking at the 2012 Writer’s Fest is Candace Havens. Producing10 novels, one biography and entertainment columns appearing in over 600 newspapers nationwide, Havens is highly acclaimed, as are many of this year’s speakers. In fact, author Linda Castillo’s debut novel “Sworn to Silence” spent four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list and has been picked up by the Lifetime Movie Network.
 
“We will hear from a couple really popular authors in the novel writing world,” says Bodily, “and one of our speakers is an NLC creative writing program success.”
 
Dallas native Liese Sherwood-Fabre, a former creative writing student at North Lake College, will conclude Writer’s Fest. Fated to write after receiving an A from her second grade teacher, Sherwood-Fabre’s first story was about Dick, Jane and Sally’s ruined picnic. Today her debut novel “Saving Hope” hits bookshelves May 4, 2012.
 
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Editor's note: For interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Marielle Perrault, Marketing & Advertising Coordinator, at 972-860-3957, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.
 
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.
 
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