Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas
is pleased to announce the
Valleau Wilkie Jr. Educator Awards
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference
These five awards are sponsored by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and are exclusively for educators of the Fort Worth Independent School District.
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is held July 20-22, 2012 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.
The awards are named in honor of Val Wilkie, Jr., long-time executive director at the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. The awards acknowledge Mr. Wilkie’s years of service and dedication to educating and mentoring young people for academic and professional success. Awards recipients will receive:
- Conference registration
- Fees paid for submission to the writing competition OR the Archer City excursion (Thursday, July 19)
- Hotel lodging and meals at the conference
- A complimentary copy of Ten Spurs journal and MAYBORN magazine
- Recognition at the Friday evening event at Austin Ranch
- TEA credit for the conference
- Exposure to major writers
- Opportunity to network with aspiring writers
- Opportunity to win cash prizes and to be published
- “Tribe” membership and inspiration to carry on the storytelling tradition
- Rejuvenation - to take their information back to the classroom to share with students
- Visits by Ten Spurs journal winners or MAYBORN magazine writers in the educators’ classrooms to address their students in the fall of 2012. These visits must be initiated by the educators and arranged via the conference manager.
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and practice their craft at the highest possible level. The Mayborn Conference was created to enhance the quality of nonfiction writing, encourage innovation, and create a community of factual storytellers who maintain an unflinching faith in the narrative craft.
George Getschow, writer-in-residence at the University of North Texas, has once again lined up over a dozen outstanding writers and authors. The keynote speakers for 2012 are Luis Alberto Urrea, Richard Rhodes, and Isabel Wilkerson.