Haters gonna hate. Creators gonna create!


The Creators Program is a series of short community workshops, panels and talks focused on key skills and knowledge essential to “creating” for mass media and art. The Creators Program, directed by WVSU EDC's director Tiffany Ellis-Williams and Artist in Residence, Daniel Boyd, packages expertise from West Virginia State University, WVSU Cultural Activities and local artists and entrepreneurs to deliver information you need to move your ideas forward.



For those interested and need assistance, Artist in Residence, Daniel Boyd, will be available to meet (by appointment) with community clients with media related needs.  The client will be walked-through the planning process. Prior to meeting, the client will get a check list/survey that will help them think through the need/project prior to meeting.  A select few requests may be managed/produced totally in-house, with the majority  proceeding on their own through referrals from the resource list of area specialist consultants onboard with the EDC. The  Artist in Residence will consult throughout the project process.

Spring Schedule 2020

January 2020 

Intro to Adobe Photoshop Elements w/ Ron & Amanda Gaskins

Jan 30 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

This class will demonstrate the newest features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020. Whether you are new to Elements, or are using and earlier version, this class will introduce you to a useful tool for your photo editing needs.  


February 2020

Date TBA | Time TBA

To be determined.


March 2020

Huntington Sirens

March 19 | Time TBA

Panel Discussion w/Sheila Redling, Marie Manilla & Carter Taylor Seaton

Carter Taylor Seaton is the award-winning author of two novels, numerous magazine articles, and several essays, short stories, and non-fiction. She is also a regular contributor to Huntington Quarterly Magazine. 


Huntington native, Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her essays have appeared in Word Riot, Cossack Review, Still, and elsewhere. 

S.G. Redling is the author of more than a half dozen novels. A former morning radio host and avid traveler, Sheila is also a language geek, wine enthusiast, and a so-so gardener. 

April 2020

Batter Up: Baseball in Charleston

April 8, 2020 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Public Radio Documentary Listening Party with creator, Eric Douglas, along with special guests from the program.


Space Preachers- The Musical

April 10, 2020 | Time TBA

Mark Scarpelli and Danny Boyd

Studio recording of “Space Preachers” at the EDC w/Musical Creators Mark Scarpelli and Danny Boyd


May 2020

Words and Music w/Marc Harshman & Doug Van Gundy

May 5, 2020| 7:00pm

Marc Harshman has won the 2017 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published by Lynx House/University of Washington Press and by Roaring Brook/Macmillan. His poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, West Virginia University, and the University of Arizona. Appointed in 2012, he is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia. 


Doug Van Gundy directs the low-residency MFA creative writing program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications. His first collection of poems is published by Red Hen Press. 


June 2020

Screen to Stage- Adapting the film “Paradise Park” to the staged musical w/Larry Groce & Danny Boyd

June 10, 2020 | 7pm-9pm (Coincides w/FestiveALL)

Listen how Larry and Danny took us through the process of transforming Paradise Park from the original motion picture in 1992 to the staged musical for Theatre West Virginia in 2018. Selected scenes from the original movie will be shown with the new related songs for the musical.


Larry Groce is host/artistic director and one of the founders of West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and was executive/artistic director of FestivALL Charleston from its beginning in 2005 until 2015. He has recorded two dozen albums including gold and platinum sellers for Walt Disney records. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, American Bandstand, The Midnight Special and other network television programs and has been featured in “People” magazine. Larry was selected as the Charleston Gazette Mail West Virginian of the Year 2019 and will be inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame in 2020. 

Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker, a two-time television regional Emmy nominee, and is a multi- nominated graphic novelist. After a two-summer run there, the show will be staged for the Charleston’s Light Opera Guild in June 2020. A retired media studies professor at WVSU, Boyd has also taught around the world as a three-time Fulbright scholar. He continues to serve as Artist in Residence at WVSU Economic Development Center. 


All workshops are held at the WVSU EDC located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West in Charleston.

Questions: give us a call or email edc@wvstateu.edu

Check out our past Creators Program events!

1506 Kanawha Blvd. West

Charleston, WV 25387


Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Additional Parking:  Charleston Orthopedic building located at

1532 Kanawha Blvd. W

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