Writing News

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

  • "Dramaturging Gender": a conversation and workshop with Philadelphia dramaturg Heather Helinsky, moderated by playwright C. Kay "Andy" Landis. Monday, September 25, 4:30-6 pm at the Ingram Building: MT Center. Free and open to the public.
  • Writers Corps Writing Workshop for Military Services Members, Spouses, and Family: A group of military service members writing their stories, sharing their stories, and helping each other tell them better. Monday, September 25, 5 pm in Peck Hall 304B. 
  • 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.
  • Two poetry events at MTSU on September 29. First, a craft workshop: "Two Poets Not Just Talking Poetry: Let's Get it Gen(re)" (with apologies to Al Green): Poets Heather Dobbins and Christian Anton Gerard will talk about incorporating fiction and nonfiction into poetry and how fiction and nonfiction writers can use poetry in their work.  This craft workshop is intended for writers in all genres and will include both discussion and writing elements, so bring a pen! Tom Jackson Building, 1:30 -3:00 pm. Second, a reading: Poets Heather Dobbins and Christian Anton Gerard will read their work, answer questions, and sign books (which will be available for purchase). Tom Jackson Building, 3:30-5 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
  • The MTSU Write Fall Creative Writing Conference will be held Saturday, September 30, 8:30-5:00 in the Student Union Building. This event features master classes and hands-on workshops in a variety of creative writing genres and a keynote by our own Fred Arroyo. The conference is discounted for MTSU students and faculty.
  • The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will be held October 13-15 in Nashville. The Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America's foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, food, biography, travel, poetry and children's literature among others. Free and open to the public. All seating is on a first-come basis. Visit their website for the complete schedule and locations. 
  • 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 and 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.

MTSU Creates, an ongoing project of the Sandbox student organization, needs a few brave souls to be our first contributors. The website will feature projects by MTSU students, staff, faculty, and organizations, with a launch scheduled for the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. Click here for submission info.

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.