Writing News

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

  • Join us for a poetry reading featuring  Amie Whittemore, Kerri French, and Bryanna Liccardi: Wednesday, February 21 at 3 pm at the MTSU Bookstore. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Jennie Webb: Join us for a staged reading of her work-in-progress Footprint and a discussion with the playwright. February 21 at 4:30. Ingram MT Center, MTSU. Free and open to the public thanks to the Virginia Peck Trust Fund.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Deborah Bernhard. Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall (2nd flood), Nashville, February 22, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public. 
  • MTSU Write presents a workshop with playwright Jennie Webb: "Is This a Play?--Pushing the Boundaries of What Belongs Onstage," Saturday, February 24, 9 am-noon, at the Ingram MT Center. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and you must register in advance. 
  • Salon@615 with Roma Downey, in conversation with Karen Kingsbury, discussing her new book, Box of Butterflies. March 9 at 6:15 pm, Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville. Tickets are free.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Michael WilliamsScarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall (2nd floor), Nashville. March 22, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.
  • Salon @615 with Anna Quindlen. She will be discussing her new book, Alternate Side. March 28 at 6:15 pm, Nashville Public  Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville. Tickets are free.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Amie WhittemoreScarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall (2nd floor), Nashville. April 26, 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public.
  • Salon@615: Nashville Reads Finale. John T Edge discusses The Potlikker Papers, followed by  a panel discussion with Sean Brock of Husk, Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tansuo, and The Mockingbird, and Caroline Randall Williams, author of Soul Food Love. May 1 at 6:15, Nashville Public LIbrary, 615 Church Street, Nashville. This even is not ticketed.

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



Calls for Student Writing.

Applications are now being accepted for the Homer Pittard Creative Writing Scholarship. Eligible applicants are MTSU English or History majors who will have junior or senior standing during the 2018-19 academic year. Applications are available, in hard-copy only, at PH 382. For more info, contact Dr. Gaylord BrewerDeadline: February 22.

Outrageous Fortune, the country's first nationwide literary online magazine for and by undergraduates, is currently accepting submissions in all genres (including digital files such as video-recorded spoken word). Submissions are on a rolling basis, but the deadline for the spring 2018 issue is April 8.

The Fourth Annual Bill Hallberg Award in Creative Writing: This year the award of $150 will be given for excellence in Creative Nonfiction. This award is open to undergraduates at colleges and universities in NC, SC, VA, and TN. Submissions should include one double-spaced essay, no more than 10 pages, in 12-point font. A reading of the winning essay will be held on September 25 at East Carolina University. Send entries to Christy Hallberg. Deadline April 30.

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