The ETSU community was heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Dr. Bert C. Bach on August 14, 2023. Dr. Bach was a champion for the arts and especially for making them available to students. We will carry his name and his memory forward with us in all that we do with the Written Word Initiative.
The Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative sponsors programs related to literature and creative writing at ETSU. We place an emphasis on events that benefit students, and we welcome our broader community of readers and writers from around the world.
Check back for updates for our next events.
Look forward to the Reece Museum's upcoming exhibition "Embodying Culture: Women in Appalachia."
Curated by the BCB Written Word Initative's Assistant Director Lacy Snapp, this six month exhibit will feature artwork by Appalachian women and will include a lecture and event series. Our spring events such as our 3 Emerging Writers reading, 2024 Spring Literary Festival, and Women of Appalachia Project collaboration will be held in this space.
Enjoy these photos from our most recent events: the 2023 Spring Literary Festival, the Women of Appalachia Project "Women Speak" reading, and our 2023 Young Writers' Workshop. Follow the links to read more about these various projects and partnerships.
Browse the 2023 schedule of events from April's Spring Literary Festival:
Founded in 2015, this ETSU initiative has helped to sponsor programs such as the Spring Literary Festival, the Fall Residency Readings, 3 Emerging Writers Events, the Young Writers' Workshop, and other partnership events over the past seven years.