Sport Literate: Honest Reflections on Life’s Leisurely Diversions

Instructor: Bill Meiners & Nick Reading
Date:  Saturday, October 26
Time:  9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Join editor-in-chief, Bill Meiners, and poetry editor, Nick Reading, for a day of reading, writing, and editing. In this workshop we will look at the tradition of writing about sport in literature. With a focus on creative nonfiction and poems, we will use the literary journal "Sport Literate: Honest Reflections on Life's Leisurely Diversions" to consider writing that seeks to engage subjects that some people consider just busy time for knuckleheads. We will consider how sport and leisure have played a role in our lives and in the lives of SL authors. In the end, we will identify writing strategies that allow for honest reflections on the pastimes, competitions, wins, losses, loyalties and injuries that have shaped us. Along with reading and discussion, time will be spent generating ideas and material. We will also be available to discuss our editorial process and the qualities that raise an essay or poem above the rest.

In a nutshell we will plan on the following:

  • reading writing and discussing writerly strategies
  • generating ideas and material for writing projects
  • discussing qualities Sport Literate editors look for in submissions

Copies of Sport Literate will be available for participants in advance of the workshop.


William Meiners is the owner of Pint-Size Publications and the founding editor of Sport Literate, a nonprofit literary journal focusing on "honest reflections on life's leisurely diversions." A freelance writer specializing in higher education, Bill has also taught creative writing and academic writing classes at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College and Mid Michigan College near his home in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. To learn more, check out his website.

Click here to see the Faculty Bio for Nick Reading

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