Texas Author Steven Saylor Will Reveal His Creative Writing Process April 2

April 1, 2014
Steven SaylorSteven Saylor, courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (April 1, 2014) – Sponsored by Baylor’s department of classics, The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) will host its annual conference on Baylor’s campus April 2 through 5, including a presentation by Steven Saylor, author of numerous books on classics, including “Raiders of the Nile” and “The Seven Wonders.”

Saylor will present his lecture "Mystery, Fact & Fiction: The Joy of Writing Novels Set in Ancient Rome" at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Brazos Ballroom in the Hilton Waco, 113 S. University Parks Drive. He will also sign books in the Waco Hilton Texas Room South from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 4.

A Texas native and a graduate of the University of Texas, Saylor primarily writes in the Classical genre but has also expanded to write stories set in his home state as well as a few autobiographies. His works have been published in 22 languages, and his book tours have taken him all over the world.

"I personally have enjoyed his novels for years, and it's an honor and a privilege to have the chance to meet him in person and hear about his creative process,” said Julia Hejduk, Ph.D., professor of classics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Founded in 1905 as the first regional classical organization in the United States, The Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Inc., is a professional organization for classicists and non-classicists at all levels of instruction. It promotes the classics through the broad scope of its annual meeting, through the publication of both original research and pedagogical contributions in The Classical Journal and through its awards, scholarships and outreach initiatives.

"Baylor has the largest undergraduate classics department in the country, and we have long been staunch supporters of CAMWS, the country's foremost regional classics organization," Hejduk said. The CAMWS conference is held at a different college or university every year.

"Classicists from around the country look forward to this annual festival celebrating our field and our friendships," she said. "Hosting the conference is both an important service for CAMWS and a chance to showcase our department, university and city, all of which get better every year!"

To learn more about Saylor, visit StevenSaylor.com. For more information on Saylor’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, contact the Baylor department of classics at 254-710-1367.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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