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Release: Oct. 28, 1999

Christian novelist to lecture, give free writing workshop at UI Nov. 5-6

IOWA CITY -- Novelist Sandra Hollin Flowers, whose series of books have taken on the cultural issues of gender and race, will give a free and public lecture about writing contemporary Christian fiction and will lead a writing workshop on the subject during her visit to the University of Iowa Nov. 5-6.

Flowers’ lecture, "Contemporary Christian Fiction: The Path from Genesis to Revelation," begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at the Buchanan Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The free and public writing workshop titled "Writing Drama for Christian Audiences," will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6 in the Iowa Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Flowers, an experienced writer who has been an associate professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. since 1990, has grappled with reconciling serious writing with her religious faith. Flowers will share comments about her personal struggles in the process.

Flowers appears at the UI as a guest of the Geneva Lecture Series, a UI-sponsored student program that brings speakers to campus to lecture about a wide range of topics from a Christian perspective. Persons wanting to attend the Saturday workshop are encouraged to register in advance by calling the Geneva Campus Ministry at (319) 341-0007 or e-mail geneva@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu. Registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 31.

Other program sponsors are the UI’s African-American World Studies Program, the UI Lecture Committee, and nearly 20 UI student religious organizations and churches in Iowa City.

Upcoming Geneva Lecture Series speakers include Mary Vermeer Andringa of Vermeer Manufacturing, Pella, who will speak on Feb. 4, 2000. Well -known Christian environmentalist Calvin DeWitt, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, is scheduled to lecture April 14, 2000.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Geneva Campus Ministry at (319) 341-0007.