Writing News

A listing of campus and community events of interest to MTSU writers. 

  • The Sewanee Writers' Conference will open its 28th annual summer session on July 18th with a reading by Christine Schutt, followed by eleven days of readings and lectures. Supported by the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund established through the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Conference offers instruction and criticism to developing writers through a series of workshops, readings, and craft lectures. This year’s faculty includes fiction writers Jeffery Renard Allen, Richard Bausch, Adrianne Harun, Randall Kenan, Margot Livesey, Jill McCorkle, Alice McDermott, Tim O’Brien, Christine Schutt, and Steve Yarbrough; and poets B.H. Fairchild, Mark Jarman, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Jo Salter, A.E. Stallings, and Sidney Wade. Naomi Iizuka and Dan O’Brien will lead the playwriting workshop. Charles Martin, A.E. Stallings, and N.S. Thompson will offer a supplemental poetry translation workshop, and Allan Gurganus, Ken Weitzman, and Wyatt Prunty will read from their work. Readings and lectures are open to the public and free to attend. Events will be held in the Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Bairnwick Women's Center on Mississippi Avenue, one block south of University Avenue on the campus of the University of the South. 

  • Poet's Corner featuring Joseph Powell at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, July 27, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.

  • Poet's Corner featuring Jeff Hardin at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, August 24, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.

  • Poet's Corner featuring Stellasue Lee at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, September 28, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.

  • Poet's Corner featuring Keegan Cook Finberg and Freya Sachs at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, October 26, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.

  • SouthWORD, a literary feast, will feature readings, book signings. Highlights include the Fellowship of Southern Writers Awards dinner featuring keynote speaker Wendell Berry, a pig-versus-cow barbeque lunch featuring a keynote debate by John Shelton Reed and Roy Blount, Jr., and panel discussions on topics ranging from literary villains to Harper Lee. The conference will take place at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on November 3-4, and student admission is $25.

  • Poet's Corner featuring Barbara Russell at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, November 16, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Allison Boyd at the Scarritt Benett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Thursday, December 21, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.

To have your event added to this page, contact Dr. Claudia Barnett.

 

 

Calls for Student Writing.

The National Young Playwrights in Residence Program is designed to nurture the next generation of playwrights through professional mentorship, staged readings, and the sharing of their work through digital platforms. Six playwrights between the ages of 18 to 25 will be selected for a year-long mentorship with an established professional writer toward developing a new work. This will culminate in a staged reading of the young playwright’s work in August 2018 at The Echo Theater. The Echo’s goal of this program is to break down any geographic barriers preventing talented young playwrights from receiving the recognition, support, and guidance so critical in a writer’s early development. Deadline August 15. 

The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks submissions of new, unproduced ten-minute plays by playwrights who wish to participate in our Dramatists Play Lab at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee: March 15-18, 2018. The selected plays will be rehearsed and presented as staged readings during the Playwriting Symposium sessions. Each play will have an assigned team of directors, dramaturgs, actors and possibly scenographers and stage managers. A small number of additional plays will be selected for cold readings as a part of our annual Fringe Festival. All selected playwrights must register for the conference and are expected to attend rehearsals for their play and participate in a post-reading discussion. Deadline for submissions: October 15.

 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has posted a useful guide to undergraduate journals in art and literature.