MTSU WRITERS LOFT OPENS UP THEIR WINTER WORKSHOP TO THE PUBLIC

From: Suzanne
Sent on: Monday, January 6, 2014 10:38 PM

Spring Workshop January 25th.

[Karen Alea the director of the MTSU Writer’s Lofst asked me to post this to our Meetup site]

To promote our commitment to the craft of writing, The Writer's Loft is offering a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25th from 10-3 with lunch provided. It will be at Peck Hall at MTSU. $20 for Non-Loft members (bring check or cash on workshop day). Free to current students and alumni of The Writer's Loft.

Instructions will be sent out to participants. If you have not attended a workshop in the past, the group (made up of other participants and 1 or 2 leaders) reads everyone's work ahead of time, marking notes on each one. Then, during the workshop, each student will have his/her work commented on by the group and leaders. The learning curve in workshops is very high!

This is FREE to students and alumni and is now open to the public.

For poetry, we will have Marcus Jackson. For fiction and non-fiction, we will have a team of Jennifer Kates and myself, Karen Alea Ford. Bios are below.

To apply to attend the workshop:

Poets--submit 1-2 poems. Fiction/Non-fiction writers--Submit 10-12 double-spaced (12 pt. font) pages of the beginning of a work or story. NO explanations of work (where the novel is going, etc.) will be accepted. This is an exercise in understanding what is on the page is all that matters. Work must not be previously published, but it must be something you are willing to receive critique on.

"Polished but not perfect" is a good guideline.

Marcus Jackson was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After earning his BA at the University of Toledo, he continued his poetry studies in NYU's graduate creative writing program and as a Cavem Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and The Cincinnati Review, among many other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitled Neighborhood Register, was released in 2011. Marcus lives with his wife in Nashville and teaches at Middle Tennessee State University.

Jennifer Wachtel Kates is a Tennessee native who earned her M.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers and her Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. She teaches fiction writing at Middle Tennessee State University, where she has taught in the English department for the past sixteen years. Her short stories have appeared in The Southwestern Review and GSU Review, where her story "Egg and Spoon" earned the short fiction award. She is the recipient of the Allen Tate Creative Writing Award, and serves as faculty advisor for Collage and Future Authors of America as well as two other student organizations. She is a volunteer and advocate for Autism Speaks Tennessee, for which she earned the MTSU Faculty Outstanding Public Service Award. She lives in Murfreesboro with her three sons.

Karen Alea Ford has her MFA from Bennington College and is an alumna of Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her short stories have been published in various magazines including Eureka, Stickman Review, Riverwalk Journal and the anthology, Catch Fire in the Treetops. Her short story "The Next Guy" won The Nashville Scene fiction contest judged by Ann Patchett, which led to a guest column in the publication. She has written non-fiction for Images Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, Catholic Journal and, somehow, Auto Restorer. She teaches English as an adjunct at Middle Tennessee State University where she is also the director of The Writer's Loft--a non-degree, creative writing program. She will be a Fellow at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Spring 2014.

Send material to Karen Alea at [address removed] by the 10th. You can bring cash or check on the day of the workshop.

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