Southern Literary Festival
Every spring, CSU creative writing students participate in the Southern Literary Festival, an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature. Each year a different school hosts the Festival—which is, in effect, an undergraduate writing conference that entails writing workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and playwriting; a writing competition in those areas as well as in formal essay and literary-arts magazine; and a venue in which the participating students, faculty, and general public attend readings by well known writers.
The SLF has an illustrious history. Robert Penn Warren, then a professor at LSU, was one of the founders. He spoke at the conference on a number of occasions, as did Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Flannery O'Connor, who won an award at SLF as an undergraduate and later headlined the conference as a nationally prominent writer.
In March 2013, CSU hosted the Southern Literary Festival, offering workshops and readings by Tim O'Brien, Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Wilson, Dan Albergotti and Madge McKeithen.