MTSU is offering an “at-home creative writing course”


(MURFRESBORO) Middle Tennessee State University’s at-home creative writing mentorship program, MTSU Write, invites new and experienced writers to join the Fall 2022 Creative Writing Conference, taking place Friday and Saturday. September 23 and 24, 2022.

This year’s conference, themed “Truth or Dare: Writing Beyond the Boundaries of Form, Gender, Tough Topics and Taboos,” features online and in-person lectures and presentations encouraging attendees to get out of their comfort zone.

It will be anchored by a Saturday lunchtime keynote from acclaimed writer Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of the national bestseller “How High We Go in the Dark” and the story collection “Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone “.

MTSU’s writing director, Amie Whittemore, a lecturer in the university’s sponsor English department and 2020-21 Poet Laureate of the Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureate Program, encourages conference attendees to register d here on Monday 12 September to ensure their place.

Registration is free for students and mentors in the MTSU Write program. Members of the public can attend all sessions of the 2022 conference for $150 or register only for Friday virtual sessions for $75 or Saturday in-person events, including lunch and keynote, for $125.

Virtual programming begins at 10:30 a.m. central time on Friday, September 23, with “Intro to Publishing” with Missouri author, writer, and editor Allison Blevins, followed by noon readings by graduate students from MTSU Write .

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., attendees can choose from three virtual sessions: a resumption of discussion on Blevins’ editing; a memoir writing conference, “Owning It: Boldly Telling Your Story,” with Florida writer Sheree L. Greer; and a special workshop, “Hand-Eye Coordination: Sketching and Drawing to Visualize and More Deeply Imagine Objects and Spaces,” with Nashville author and instructor Adria Bernardi.

The conference will begin in person at 7:00 p.m. Central on Friday at Graffiti Alley in downtown Murfreesboro, 124 N. Church St., with a free public reading. This event, co-sponsored by Poetry in the Boro, will feature guest writer Lynne Lampe, speaker and author Christian J. Collier and limited open mic opportunities.

Saturday’s events will be held in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MTSU Academic Classroom Building, 1751 MTSU Blvd.

Attendees can attend 90-minute discussions on topics including plot development, connections in poetry and prose, reviewing your work, character creation and more.

Nagamatsu will deliver the MTSU Write conference keynote beginning at the 12:15 p.m. conference lunch.

He teaches creative writing at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota and at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, Tin House, Iowa Review, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories.

More information, including registration links and additional speaker and presenter details, is available at or by mail [email protected].

MTSU Write, part of the English department of the university’s College of Liberal Arts, is a three-semester writing program for new and experienced writers in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and dramaturgy, working from home under the mentorship of professional writers. fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

For more information about the program, visit


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