Writing News

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

  • The MTSU Writing Center's Creative Writing Group meets twice weekly: Mondays 3-4 pm and Tuesdays 4-5 pm in Walker Library room 362. The CWG seeks to unite student writers of every style and genre to refine their craft. The group meets for technique discussion, writing prompts, and general feedback sessions in an interactive workshop setting. No matter what your focus, the CWG is a great place to engage with other writers and share your creative work.
  • Andrea Gibson, spoken word artist, will perform as part of the Interdisciplinary Conference in Women's Studies at MTSU, Thursday, March 23, 7-8:30 pm in STU Ballroom A/B/C. Conference registration is free for MTSU faculty, staff, and students. For the full list of events, see the conference program.
  • Poet's Corner with Bill Brown at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville (Fondren Hall, 2nd floor). Thursday, March 23, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.
  • Greg Iles will discuss his new book, Mississippi Blood, the final volume in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy. Salon@615. Saturday, March 25, at 2 pm. Nashville Public Library. Tickets are free, with a $2.50 online fee if purchased in advance. 
  • Poetry in the Boro: This month's featured readers are June Hall McCash and Christopher WIlliams. Sign-ups for open mic start at 6:30, and featured readers begin at 7. Thursday, March 30, at the Green Dragon Public House, Murfreesboro. Sponsored in part by MTSU Write, this event is free and open to the public.
  • In conjunction with the Department of Theatre's production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (April 6-9 at Tucker Theatre), Dr. Robert Bray (English) will deliver an opening-night presentation about the play, its author, and its continued relevance. The talk will begin at 5 pm on Thursday, April 6, at Tucker Theatre and is free for students, faculty, and the public as part of the English Department's Speaker Series. Admission to the play is free for students with valid MTSU ID. In addition, the Department of Theatre and Dance will give free tickets for the Thursday performance to any members of the public attending Dr. Bray's presentation.
  • Holly Tucker, Behind the Scenes: Writing Historical Fiction. MTSU Write Spring Saturday Series. April 8, 9 am to noon at the MT Center in the Sam Ingram Building. This master class is free and open to the public with advance registration. 
  • John Oates will discuss Change of Seasons: A Memoir (written with Chris Epting). Salon@615. Sunday, April 9, at 3 pm. Nashville Public Library. Tickets are free, with a $2.50 online fee if purchased in advance.
  • John Morogiello, author of The Consul, the Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, will perform scenes from his plays with MTSU theater student Delaney Keith. Tuesday, April 11, at 4:15 pm. Tom Jackson Building, MTSU. Free and open to the public thanks to the Virginia Peck Trust Fund.
  • Lesley Stahl will discuss her new memoir, Becoming Grandma. Salon@615. Wednesday, April 12, at 6:15 pm. Nashville Public Library. Tickets are free, with a $2.50 online fee if purchased in advance. 
  • Gruesome Playground Injuries, a play by Rajiv Joseph, will be presented as part of the MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance's Student Success Series. April 13-15. Time/venue TBA.
  • Actor, director, and travel writer Andrew McCarthy will discuss his debut novel, Just Fly Away. Salon@615. Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 pm at Parnassus Books in Nashville. This is a free, ticketed event.
  • Tiana Clark, The Intersection Between the Sacred and the Sexual: Writing Poems about the Body Electric. MTSU Write Spring Saturday Series. April 22, 9 am to noon at the MT Center in the Sam Ingram Building. This master class is free and open to the public with advance registration. 
  • Poet's Corner with James C. Collins at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville (Fondren Hall, 2nd floor). Thursday, April 27, 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 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship--with a prize of $10,000, housing, an editorial apprenticeship, and nine months in Little Rock, Arkansas toward the writing of a debut book of creative nonfiction--invites submissions. Deadline: March 30.

The Sewanee Writers' Conference is accepting applications through April 17. The SWC, to be held July 18-30 at the University of the South, offers workshops and craft lectures in poetry, fiction, and playwriting.

The Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition is accepting submissions. The University of California San Diego's Theatre and Dance Department seeks unproduced, unpublished scripts by undergraduate students that highlight the African American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Deadline: April 21.