Each trimester, MTSU Write hosts events that nurture the writing community and celebrate
literary life. Check here for updates as events change from season to season.
Poetry in the Boro readings continue monthly. Follow the schedule and learn more
about featured writers here: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryInTheBoro/?fref=ts
Spring Saturdays Series
The 2018 Spring Saturdays Series will include four different Master Classes. All Spring
Saturdays events will take place on the MTSU campus in the Sam Ingram Building:
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Saturday, January 20, 2018
"THE JEWEL OF THE SCAB: MINING CONTRASTS FOR EFFECTIVE POEMS"
Sometimes as writers we gravitate toward our good memories, or those that we think
are somehow beautiful: how sweet the honeysuckle; how brilliant the sky. At other
times, we can’t tear our focus from all that feels wrong in the world, whether that’s
violence, exploitation of people and the environment, snarky memes or untimely death.
No matter what turn a poem ultimately takes, we can create more memorable, less predictable
writing by intentionally using contrast. In this session we’ll read work by contemporary
poets such as Cecilia Woloch, Christina Stoddard, Dave Harrity, Marcus Jackson, and
Vandana Khanna with special attention to how contrasting images enrich these poems
about origin, identity, place and belief. As a bonus, we’ll consider several poems
in styles conducive to modeling, so you’ll leave with some of your own experiences
in a draft of a poem or micro-prose.
This session will be suitable for all levels of writers.
Kory Wells is author of HEAVEN WAS THE MOON, poetry from March Street Press. In 2017 she was
selected the inaugural poet laureate of Murfreesboro, where she also advocates for
democracy, afternoon naps, and other good causes. Kory is a mentor with MTSU Write and directs the local reading and open mic series, Poetry
in the Boro. Winner of the 2016 HeartWood Broadside Series, her work appears in ASCENT,
NEW SOUTHERNER, POEM, RUMINATE, STIRRING, THE SOUTHERN POETRY ANTHOLOGY and other
publications. Find her online at korywells.com.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Is This a Play? – Pushing the Boundaries of What Belongs Onstage
This workshop is designed for writers of any genre who’ve either toyed with the idea
of writing a play, started a play and got stuck, or are just interested in exploring
the possibilities, as well as playwrights who want to shake up their relationship
with dramatic form and structure.
What makes us want to put a story on stage? How do we take advantage of the open space
that is theater? Why do audiences need to invest in a character’s dramatic journey?
What’s tricky about adaptation? How can writers clarify their voice to communicate
their vision? And while there’s certainly a place for “well made plays” and traditional,
Aristotelian structural demands (conflict, climax, resolution), let’s talk about the
unique, collaborative nature of live theatre. And the fact that it sometimes cries
out for breaking the rules and, perhaps, even investigating the potential of… multiple
climaxes? (Yes, Aristotle was a man.)
Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright, currently in residence at Rogue Machine
(where her dark retail comedy "Yard Sale Signs" premiered) and Theatricum Botanicum (where she runs workshops and "Botanicum Seedlings:
A Development Series for Playwrights"). Her plays, including "Remodeling Plans," "Unclaimed Assets," "GreenHouse," "On Tuesday," "It's Not About
Race," "Buying a House" and “Currency” have been produced in LA (most recently at Inkwell Theater, Santa Monica Rep. and
GreenLight Productions), on stages across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival. She has been a part of The Playwright Center's PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre
Conference, Little Black Dress INK Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festivals, the Virginia
Avenue Project, The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series, EST/LA Winterfest & Launchpad,
The Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival and Moving Arts MADlabs with plays
including "The Complete Story of the War," “Men & Boxes," ”Blood Replacement,” “Color Separation,"
“Rebecca on the Bus,” “Chicken Shoot,” "Crazy Bitch," “Jilt” and “Footprint”; her work is published by Heinemann Press and ICWP. She is currently a member of
the Playwrights Union, EST/LA's Playwrights Unit and PlayGround-LA writer’s pool,
and the Dramatists Guild. She is the recipient of a Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award,
a Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship, and co-founded and acts as editor-at-large
for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI).
Asked to describe her own work, Jennie uses the term “domestic absurdism.” She writes
complex women characters and believes in tackling difficult subject matter in unexpected
ways and through darkly comic choices. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and
housecats Molly and Mick. www.jenniewebbsite
This event is free and open to the public but space is limited
Saturday, April 21, 2018
THAT TICKING CLOCK--NARRATIVE TIME:
“What is time?” wrote Thomas Mann. “It is a secret—lacking in substance and yet almighty.”
As an element of craft, time is often regarded as a tool of setting, akin to place.
Yet it is multidimensional, a mysterious voyage through past, present, and future.
Further, careful handling of narrative time allows writers to transition from scene
to scene, to manipulate pacing in stories, and to focus the reader's attention on
particularly significant moments. This session provides practical help in managing
narrative time in short fiction through compression without sacrificing an experience
of the story's drama.
Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, Lorraine M. López
is the author of six books of fiction and editor/coeditor of three essay collections.
Her first book Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize. Her next publication Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for YA Literature. López’s short story collection,
Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010 and winner of the Texas
League of Writers Award for Fiction. An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots (2009) is her first edited collection. Subsequent publications include three novels:
The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters, The Realm of Hungry Spirits, and The Darling and two coedited collections: The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity and Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer.
In Summer 2016 MTSU Write has begun sponsoring free regular public readings in conjunction
with the 'boro Art Crawl. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/PoetryInTheBoro/?fref=ts
Fall 2017 brings the annual Fall Creative Writing Conference. Watch here for details...