Fall Creative Writing Conference


Each Fall, MTSU Write celebrates its mission by hosting the Creative Writing Conference on the MTSU campus.  The Conference brings together students, mentors, alumni, and members of the community for breakout sessions, a keynote, lunch, and graduation to recognize those students who have completed three trimesters with the program. 

We are pleased to announce this year's conference date, theme, and keynote speaker!

2019 Fall Conference

"Keep Going, Keep Growing" 

19 October 2019, 9 am-4 pm



Keynote speaker: Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist whose writing appears in publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, and others. Across her work, Mary Laura examines the overlap of the absurd and the profound in life, literature, and culture. 

I Miss You When I Blink is Mary Laura’s debut memoir, written in essays. It was named to the #1 spot on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide, and was chosen as a best or most anticipated book of 2019 by Esquire, BuzzFeedLit Hub, Southern Living, Bustle, The Millions and the Chicago Review of Books. Real Simple magazine called it “the one book you should read right now.” (Get a short snippet of it in The New York Times, read a review in The Washington Post, or listen to a conversation about it on NPR.)

Mary Laura is also the author and illustrator of the book Penguins with People Problems; the founding editor of MUSING, the digital magazine published by Parnassus Books; and an Emmy-award winning co-host of A Word on Words, a literary interview show on Nashville Public Television. She enjoys traveling around the country to speak with people about creativity, work, the ups and downs of perfectionism, reinvention, reading, and writing. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

Also featuring breakout sessions with...

Leland Gregory, Destiny Birdsong, Amie Whittemore, Jane Marcellus, Susan Cushman, and more to come!!! 


Register HERE!





Campus Info

We cannot wait to see you at the Fall Conference!  This year's conference will be held in the Student Union Ballroom. You may find directions to MTSU and a campus map helpful. 

General registration for the Fall Conference is $60 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, and keynote.

Discounted registration for MTSU Write alums and past mentors, MTSU students and faculty is $40 per person. Current MTSU Write students and mentors (2019) may attend at no charge (email mtsuwrite@mtsu.edu to reserve your spot).


Program enquiries to mtsuwrite@mtsu.edu

Questions or Comments

Please send an email to mtsuwrite@mtsu.edu.