Western Carolina to offer course on writing Cherokee history

CULLOWHEE – Award-winning Cherokee author Robert J. Conley will teach a course on writing fiction and non-fiction from a Cherokee perspective at Western Carolina University.

“Writing Cherokee History: Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction” (ENGL 479) will begin on Monday, May 9, and continue through Tuesday, May 24. The course will meet Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Conley, an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, has published 34 novels since 1986. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and have been translated into several languages. Conley is a member of the Western Writers of America and winner of Spur Awards for his novels “Nickajack” and “The Dark Island.”

This course is sponsored by Western’s Cherokee Studies program in cooperation with the department of English.

Registration will be accepted until the course begins on May 9. For more information, call Western’s Cherokee Studies office at (828) 227-2303 or visit the Web site at cherokeestudies.wcu.edu.