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2017 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium Set for June 9-10

writers symposiumWriters from throughout the region will gather June 9-10 for the annual Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium at Southwest Virginia Community College, beginning with registration and refreshments at 8 a.m. each day. All activities for the two-day event will be held in Dellinger Hall on the SWCC campus.

This year’s symposium will feature best-selling Johnson City author Scott Pratt as keynote speaker.  Pratt, whose popular Joe Dillard legal thrillers are published internationally, will share writing tips in a 3 p.m. workshop Friday, June 9, and will present the keynote address following the noon banquet on Saturday, June 10.

Joe Tennis, known for his column and feature stories in the Bristol Herald Courier, will also present a workshop during Friday’s sessions. He is the author of nine books, including pictorial histories about the area.

Other presenters and their topics include Jack Beck, Appalachian dialect and how it was influenced by the Scotch-Irish; Joe Allison, who will present a fiction workshop; Michael McNulty, playwriting; Dylan Pratt, the business of writing; Steven James, who will discuss how to bust free of the myths of writing; Lynn Young, who will offer advice on writing query letters; and Rita Quillen, who will present a poetry workshop.

Saundra Kelly will be the featured storyteller during Saturday morning events, which will include book sales and signings in the library by presenters and other authors attending the event.Closing ceremonies following the noon banquet and keynote address, will include presentation of the AHWS Writing Contest awards, door prizes and evaluations.

Photos and bios of all presenters, plus a synopsis of their planned presentations, can be found on the AHWS web page at along with registration forms, fee information and schedule details.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by SWCC and the Appalachian Authors Guild, a Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

SWCC signs articulation agreement with the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU

Gattong Articulation Agreement

Pictured are (sitting, left to right): Dr. Debbie Byrd, dean and professor, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy ETSU; Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC; and Dr. Barbara Fuller, SWCC vice president of Academic and Student Services. (Standing, left to right): Dr. Steve Ellis, assistant dean for Student Affairs and Cathy Smith-Cox, SWCC dean for Health Technologies, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science Division.

The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) has signed a Collaborative Education Attainment Agreement.  The purpose of the agreement is to provide “priority admission,” meaning that SWCC students who have completed pre-pharmacy curriculum will be afforded benefits that facilitate the student’s application and acceptance into the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

For more information about the pre-pharmacy program at SWCC, contact Professor Georgia Householder at or visit the Science Pre-med program pages for more information.

Great Education – Low Cost with SWCC’s Science pre-med specializations.

Transfer Representatives Campus Visits

Transfer visits for 2017-2018 will be posted to this page as they are scheduled.

For information about transfer visits, please contact Student Support Services at (276) 964-7624 or in B-152 for more information.

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