Writing News

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

 

  • MTSU's University Writing Center is celebrating National Day on Writing throughout the month of October! Follow us on Social Media for weekly contests for SUPER prizes! Comment on posts or leave submissions on our social media board in the center to be entered in that week’s drawing. Starting OCTOBER 8th, come contribute to our SHORT STORY SCROLL. Let your inner storyteller shine and add to the narrative. Starting OCTOBER 15th, we will have POETRY ON DEMAND. Stop by with a topic and challenge our resident poet! The University Writing Center is located on the third floor of Walker Library.

  • The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is a three-day Festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October (10/12-10/14) in Nashville. It is free and open to the public. 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. Click here for a printable schedule of events.

  • Salon@615 Special Edition with Markus Zusak, author of Bridge of Clay. October 15 at 6:15 pm at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville. Tickets are $29.50 and include a copy of the book.

  • In Process Series: Fred Arroyo will read his latest multi-genre writing. Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 pm in the Ingram MT Center. Free and open to the public.
  • Salon@615 with Nathaniel Philbrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hurricane's Eye. October 22 at 6:15 at the Main Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville. Tickets are free.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Jenny Sadre-Orafai. October 24, 7-8 pm, Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Free and open to the public.
  • In Process Series: Lisa Dordal will read her latest poetry. Thursday, October 25 at 4:30 pm in the Ingram MT Center. Free and open to the public.
  • In Process Series: Staged readings of new plays by C. Kay 'Andy' Landis and Arabelle Pollick. Directed by Robbie Ramirez. Thursday, November 1 at 4:30 pm at the Ingram MT Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • Salon@615 with Kate DiCamillo, author of Lousiana's Way. November 3 at 2 pm at the Main Library, 615 Church Street, Nashville. Tickets are free. 
  • In Process Series: Allen Hibbard will read from his memoir and translations. Thursday, November 8 at 4:30 pm in the Ingram MT Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • Poetry in the Boro on Sunday evening, November 11, will feature poets Carlina Duan and Sarah McCartt-Jackson. Doors open at 6:30; featured readers start at 7:00. An hour of open mic follows the featured readers. Location: Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., near campus. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale. For the monthly writing challenge and more details, find us on Facebook.
  • In Process SeriesOpen Mic and Café hosted by Dr. Fred Arroyo. Free and open to the public. Thursday, November 15 at 4:30 pm in the Ingram MT Center. Free and open to the public.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Catherine Moore. November 15, 7-8 pm, Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Free and open to the public.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Christina Stoddard. December 20, 7-8 pm, Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Free and open to the public.

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

Calls for Student Writing.

Outrageous Fortune, the country’s first nationwide online literary magazine for and by undergraduates, is currently accepting submissions for our fall issue. We accept all areas of work, including digital files such as video-recorded spoken word. Each semester we look for fiction, non-fiction, drama, art, photography, and poetry. While we operate on a rolling submissions basis, we’re accepting submissions under consideration for our Fall 2018 issue until November 25th. Visit our website for more info.

The Southern Literary Festival 2019 Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest is open! MTSU is allowed to submit two entries in each of five categories: poetry, short story, one act play, formal essay, or creative non-fiction. Any undergraduate enrolled during AY 2018-19 (even if they graduate in December) is eligible to enter. Students whose work is selected to represent MTSU will be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend the SLF conference in Memphis next April (at Christian Brothers University). This is an all-undergraduate creative writing Festival featuring top southern writers in all genres offering classes, readings, and inspiration. Winners in each category receive an award, publication in the SLF anthology, and a chance to read their winning text at the Festival. Click here to download the entry form, and contact Dr. Jennifer Kates with any quesitons. Deadline December 3.

"Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Anime, Arts, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms." Visit our website for more info. 

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