Buzz: Old River Road work is continuing. Floyd Virtual Academy registration under way. Highlands Writers Conference returns Feb. 27 (virtual).

Buzz: Old River Road work is continuing. Floyd Virtual Academy registration under way. Highlands Writers Conference returns Feb. 27 (virtual).

 


Floyd County Schools is now accepting applications for our virtual academy for next school year.  Floyd Virtual Academy will be available to students in grades 8-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.  Students must submit an application to be considered.  All applications will be evaluated for approval based on a variety of factors including graduation process, historical attendance, student motivation criteria, and a teacher recommendation. Applications are due by Friday, March 19.  Here is the link to the application.

The annual Highlands Writers Conference organized by Georgia Highlands College faculty and staff makes a virtual return on Feb. 27. It is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested in joining should register early. There is no deadline for registration, but each workshop will only hold 20 participants at a time. Visit hwc.highlands.edu to register for the free event and even receive a free HWC shirt by mail.

“The HWC is unique in that it offers very close encounters with nationally recognized professional writers across a wide range of genres,” Division Chair for School of Humanities Jessica Lindberg said. “Attendees of the HWC speak highly of how down-to-earth our conference is and how casual and open it is to all levels of writers. We hope all attendees will feel encouraged to keep working on their dream projects and even start new ones after hanging out with our authors.”

Writers to be featured at this year’s conference include Kelly DeLong, Clark Atlanta University instructor and author of the novel “The Poor Sucker” and the non-fiction book “The Freshman Year at an HBCU.” In addition, the event will feature Brian Oliu and Jason McCall.

Student group Brother 2 Brother will host the workshop by McCall, while the Student Engagement Office is sponsoring the conference. The Creative Writing Club will also participate.

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