Joyce Carol Oates will be the headliner next week as 150 students from 40 colleges and universities meet for the annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference on the Weber

State University campus. The conference runs April 16-18.Jeff Long, a popular author, will also meet with the group and will speak at the WSU Weekly Convocation on April 16, 10:30 a.m.

"Some of the country's finest amateur authors attend each year to share their compositions with peers," says Carl Porter, the WSU English professor who helps spearhead the event. "In addition to hearing one another's work, students will have the opportunity to learn from two of the most distinguished and successful writers in the literature world today."

Long is a screenplay writer whose credits include "Dixie Cups." Among his books are "The Ascent" and "Duel of Eagles."

Oates, of course, has a reputation as one of the most prolific writers in America. She is currently a humanities professor at Princeton University. She writes poetry, essays, fiction and non-fiction. Among her 30 novels are "Man Crazy," "Tenderness" and "Zombie."

She will give a reading on Friday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Special Collections area of the Steward Library. The reading is open and free to the public.

For more information call 626-6659 or 626-6872.