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Poet/Screenwriter to Give Public Workshop at OCU
Distinguished poet and screenwriter James Ragan will be at Oklahoma City University April 20 to give a public workshop. Ragan will concentrate on both poetry and script writing during the workshop, which will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Walker Center room 151 at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. “James Ragan is highly regarded by his peers in the literary world, and we’re honored to have him here to teach us his craft,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. The workshop is sponsored by the center, the English Department, the Moving Image Arts Program and the Oklahoma City University Filmmakers Guild. Ragan is not only an accomplished writer, he also dedicates much of his time to helping others refine their skills. He headed the creative writing program at the University of Southern California for 25 years and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma. Ragan is the author of “In the Talking Hours,” “Womb-Weary,” “The Hunger Wall,” “Lusions” and many other works of poetry. His screenplay credits include “The Deerhunter” and “The Voyager.” His work has been translated into 10 languages and he has read for five heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Vaclav Havel.