Literary Festival


Bishop Dunne Catholic School will present its third annual Literary Festival April 6 - 7, 2020. The Festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word intended to encourage a love of language and literature among students, teachers and the community at large. The event brings nationally renowned authors to our Oak Cliff campus to share their insights about the craft of writing and literature’s ability to explore contemporary issues in creative ways. Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, NAACP Image Award and Kirkus Prize winner Jason Reynolds, and Newbery medalist Matt de la Peña appeared at previous festivals. 

The 2020 Literary Festival will feature writer and commentator Heidi W. Durrow, author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. The book, based on a true incident, won the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Durrow will lead a daytime student workshop and give a public talk about her work on the evening of April 6. Alumna and children's book author Cydni M. Robertson '09 will present a reading of Mae and Louise: The Heritage Festival to community members and middle school students. Playwright Jonathan Norton, a Dallas native with a growing national reputation, will offer a workshop for juniors and seniors on April 7. 

As part of the 2020 BDCS Literary Festival, the school also will sponsor a creative writing contest with winners recognized at a special awards breakfast and outstanding entries published in Rugged, the school’s magazine of creative writing. 

Program Details

Monday, April 6: Heidi Durrow

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Informal lunch with select students and faculty followed by 60-minute workshop/craft talk

6:00 p.m. Reception and book signing in the library

7:00 p.m. Keynote address 

Tuesday, April 7: Jonathan Norton and BDCS Alumna Cydni Robertson

**This day will run on a mass schedule. Middle school students will attend Cydni's talk in the auditorium during the extended class period, and select high school students will be called to a workshop with Jonathan during that time.

Literary Festival Committee

Shannon Cerise  Bishop Dunne Board Chair and Parent of Alumni
Erica Culton Bishop Dunne Teacher/Director of Middle School
Kim Davis  Bishop Dunne Parent/Systems Engineer - Bank of America
Ann Fields  Author/Community Volunteer
Melanie Gibson Literary Festival Chair
Miranda Gilliam  English Department Chair
Jennifer Nagorka Bishop Dunne Parent/Freelance Writer
Brinkley Schneider Literary Festival Chair

Lydia Torrez

Devin Nguyen

Director of Advancement

Donor Relations Manager

Christine Voigt Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology