Welcome to MTSU Write

(formerly The Writer's Loft)

 Creative Writers Conference of Middle Tennessee

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

James Union Building, MTSU, 10am-7:30pm (coffee at 9:30am)

Registration Closes September 10th.

Tony Earley

Keynote: Tony Earley

Author of Jim The Boy, Somehow Form a Family, Blue Star and the new Mr. Tall.

National Magazine Award winner, appearing in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Best American Short Stories.The New Yorker's inaugural best "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers and Granta's "20 Best Young American Novelists." Tony is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors/tony-earley


Jeff Hardin

 Jeff Hardin

His poetry chapbooks are Deep in the Shadows and The Slow Hill Out.Two poetry collections are Fall Sanctuary, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize, and Notes for a Praise Book selected for publication by Toi Derricotte. His third, Restoring the Narrative, comes out in 2015 and was the winner of the Donald Justice Prize for Poetry. Jeff has had close to 500 poems appear in The Southern Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review. They’ve also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac.


Darnell Arnoult 

Darnell Arnoult

Darnell Arnoult is the writer-in- residence and co-director of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University. Co-editor at Draft Horse. What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press). Her work appears in Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Nantahala Review, Now and Then, Sandhills Review, and others. Recipient of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature, SIBA Poetry Book of the Year, Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and 2007 Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance.


David Lumpkin


D. T. Lumpkin holds a B.A. in English from the University of the South, where he participated in one of the few writing workshops led by late author William Gay, an M.A. in Literature from the University of Alabama and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Ohio State University  He attended Sewanee Writers Conference. He is published in The Mid-American Review and Oxford American, won the AWP Intro Journals Award, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence grant, and notable mention in Best American Essays 2013. Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc, is representing his memoir, Shiloh Church Road. He is a lecturer in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University and a facilitator of the creative writing workshop on Unit 2—the death row unit—at Riverbend Maximum Security Penitentiary. 


General Admission--$60

MTSU Write Graduating students and current mentors--free

MTSU Write (Loft) Alumni (finished 3 terms)--$40 

MTSU faculty, staff, students--$40

(General Admission registrants do not need to click discount icons on registration page.)


Includes lunch, dinner, all four speakers and open discussion on publishing.

(Schedule TBA)

To Register,Click Here.--Important: if you are contingent English Faculty of MTSU, please indicate you will pay with "check" and write "English Faculty" in the 2nd Address line. 



MTSU Write is a from-home mentorship program under the English Department. 

It is a three semester program, working with new and experienced writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Our mission is simple: helping you become the writer you long to be.

Our method is direct: working one-on-one with a mentor to hone your writing skills and produce a publishable manuscript.

Our award-winning faculty have distinguished themselves in a variety of genres and styles, and we are confident we can provide you with a mentor who understands your interests, can help improve your skills, and coach you toward achieving your dream of becoming a published writer.

Program enquiries to theloftmtsu@gmail.com


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