Dordt College News

Writers and Communities Workshop

January 10, 2003

If you're a reader, writer or teacher of either you'll want to mark your calendar for the Dordt College English department's first ever literary conference planned for February 6-9, 2003.

Three distinguished guests will read from their work and discuss the conference theme. They are:

- Jim Heynen, a graduate of Dordt College, whose latest work is The Boys’ House: New and Selected Stories, and who teaches at St. Olaf. Heynen and Dordt College Professor Jim Schaap plan to take to the stage Saturday night and swap a few stories for your enjoyment.

- Neil Nakadate, a scholar and highly honored Professor of English at Iowa State University, who is working on a novel of his own family’s widely varied experiences during World War II; and Writers Workshop

- Jean Janzen, a frequently anthologized poet, whose works include Words for the Silence, Three Mennonite Poets and Snake in the Parsonage. Janzen teaches at Fresno Pacific University.

Also presenting seminars are Jim Vanden Bosch, ('68) an independent filmmaker based in Chicago and Carol Van Klompenburg ('70) a free-lance writer and owner of her own publishing service in Pella, Iowa. Two more recent Dordt grads now in graduate school, Leah (Schreurs) Zuidema ('96) and Tim Antonides ('92), plan to talk about the future of English teaching, as they see it.

“The Writer in and from Community” will run concurrently with a special Dordt College homecoming celebration. Conferees are welcome to participate in panel discussions created for students, alumni and all those interested in writing, literature and the teaching of English.

The cost of the workshop is $25, which may be mailed with name, address and email address to Dordt College, Department of English, 498 Fourth Ave. NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697. For more details or to register on-line, go to

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