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

Growing Up Black in Appalachia

Feb 19 | 6:30 pm

Storyteller Bill Hairston will share his stories and experiences on what it was like growing up black in his beloved West Virginia.


March 2020

 This months events have been postponed due to CoVid-19.

April 2020

Capturing Memories w/Eric Douglas

April 15 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

This creators talk focuses on the basic techniques for interviewing family members and recording oral histories. We'll discuss how to ask leading questions, how to make your interview subject feel at ease and how to keep an interview on track.


Huntington Sirens

April 22 | 7:00-9:00 pm

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

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.


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

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. 

Independent Publishing w/Eric Douglas

April 29| 7:00-9:00 pm

Hybrid author Eric Douglas will cover the pitfalls and pluses of being an indie writer. Eric has had books published by traditional publishers and an independent author. His talk will cover how to market your book, staying "exclusive" or "going wide" and lessons he has learned.


May 2020

Building Blocks of Good Stories w/Danny Boyd

May 13, 2020| 7:00pm

This workshop will focus on the basic building blocks used to develop and construct stories for cinema and graphic novels (but relevant to any storytelling writing). Unlike some writing genres, screen and graphic writing generally demands having an ending before you start, and then building backwards from there. In this workshop Boyd will identify and explore the primary story element, i.e., character, back-story, commitment, opposition, situations (scenes), settings (environment), etc. Similar to the key to successful filmmaking, writing good scripts, "Is all in the pre-pro," says Boyd.  Formatting styles and available writing software will also be discussed, but like most entertainment writing, it’s all about the story.

Principles to Live By: The Four Wealth Principles

May 20, 2020| 7:00pm

This workshop is designed to break down how to put yourself into a position to create wealth. Come learn from an artist’s perspective on how to make passion and purpose pay bills. With Josephus III, Host of The Poetry Café, 90.1 FM’s The Poetry Café, and Podcast -Now Streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube. https://josephusiii.com/the-poet

About Josephus III:

As a teacher and lecturer he founded, The Poetry Project, where he works in both the educational and corporate setting focusing on “Education through Correlation”, where he uses poetry as a catalysts for literacy, leadership and service. The Host of 90.1FM’s The Poetry Café his voice is heard weekly over the airwaves as he showcases talented artists from all over the world in the genres of poetry, hip-hop, and R&B to name a few. The show also tours nationally and can now be seen on Amazon Prime. He has performed for Oprah, opened for Kanye West and Floetry, shared stages with The Last Poets, traveled to Australia, London, Seoul, and South Africa as well as back and forth across the United States sharing his gift.

The Art of Communication

May 27, 2020| 7:00pm

Focusing on the importance of effective communication, leadership and creativity, poetry is used as a catalyst to reinforce techniques to help improve your skills and potentially learn some new ones. In addition to spoken word poetry being a great outlet for personal expression, it also a tool to build moral, team work and cooperation. Let us show you how this art form can help heal, harness and heighten your level of communication. 


With Josephus III, Host of The Poetry Café, 90.1 FM’s The Poetry Café, and Podcast -Now Streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube. https://josephusiii.com/the-poet


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 8:00am-4:00pm

Additional Parking:  Charleston Orthopedic building located at

1532 Kanawha Blvd. W

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