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SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. (Aug. 17, 2016) – Registration for JBU's annual "Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts" is now open for high school students. Giving Voice, a two-day event held Sept. 22-23, celebrates writing and the arts through readings, workshops and gatherings.

writers festivalOn Friday, Sept. 23, the festival invites high school students from the area to participate in a variety of workshops taught by JBU faculty and invited guests—poet Marilyn Nelson, novelist Gina Ochsner, essayist Christ Hoke and singer/songwriter Betty Soo. The workshops include topics on songwriting, improvisation, nonfiction writing, poetry, playwriting, film, calligraphy and screen printing.

"Giving Voice gives students in the region a unique opportunity to explore one of our greatest gifts: creativity," said Dr. Jessica Wilson, assistant professor of English at JBU and coordinator of the festival. "Participating in the arts inspires us to create a fuller, more beautiful picture of the world."

The festival costs $10 per student. One sponsor can attend free with every 10 students. To register, visit jbu.edu/giving_voice/registration/. Registration closes Sept. 12.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Ranked No. 2 among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News, JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 42 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 35 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

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