For those who like numbers, here are some from the Write Place Festival:
Attendance at Thursday night’s reception: 50-55 (225 invitations sent)
Attendance at Thursday night’s reading: 184
Attendance at Friday night’s Open-Mic: 42, Number who read: 10
Attendance at Saturday morning workshops:
Memoir with Janisse Ray — 31 registered/33 attended
Fiction with Sarah Domet — 30 registered/31 attended
Travel Writing with Mary Ann Anderson — 23 registered/18 attended
High-school writing contest: 103 submissions in three categories, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Two of the winners attended the Thursday night reading, took a tour of Georgia Southern on Friday morning and then had lunch with three W&L faculty (Bolden, Sexton, Nelson).
Feature story in the George-Anne
Feature story in the Statesboro Herald
Another feature story in Herald scheduled for Nov. 11.
At every venue, W&L received great publicity and acknowledgment as a sponsor of the event. And of course four of our faculty–Laura Valeri, Emma Bolden, Jared Sexton, and Sarah Domet were featured and were spectacular.