Words Awake!

A Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing!



WORDS AWAKE! champions and celebrates generations of Wake Forest writers who return to their alma mater to engage the campus, alumni/ae, public schools, and broader Forsyth county and regional communities.


  • During the day on Friday, March 23, 2012 Wake Forest alumni/ae writers visited ten public schools (elementary and secondary) leading workshops, readings, lectures, and seminars on their works.
  • On Friday evening, March 23, 2012 Tom Hayes (’79) screened his documentary on his father, legendary Esquire magazine editor Harold Hayes (’48).  Edwin G. Wilson (’43), Provost and Professor of English Emeritus, will describe the lives and culture of Wake Forest authors of the past.
  • On Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 9 am – 5 pm, WORDS AWAKE! presented readings by prominent authors, such as novelists Stephen Amidon (’81) and biographers Doug Waller (’71) and Penelope Niven (MA ’62); sixteen panels, with alumni/ae authors, including subjects from “Writing in a Dangerous World” and “Writing Washington” to “Writing for the Young Adult/Child Mind” and “The Art of Teaching Writing.”  Various campus and area publishers and booksellers were on hand to sell works by Wake Forest authors and other writers.
  • Saturday evening, March 24, 2012 featured a banquet to celebrate the inaugural Wake Forest Writers Hall of Fame and also to look ahead, in a final headliner panel, to the future of writing in all its forms and media.
  • Sunday morning, March 25, 2012 WORDS AWAKE! hosted a Pastry Slam for another chance for both writers and readers to say hello, network, and extend fare-thee-wells over coffee and breakfast.
  • And everyone was invited to stick around later Sunday morning for a WFU Theater-sponsored talk at ZSR Library entitled “How We Use Words And Tell Our Stories To Create Community & Identity.”   

Lovers of the written word unite!