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:

Spring Saturdays Series

Dorothy Allison

We launched our Spring Saturdays series with a master class and reading by novelist, storyteller, essayist, and poet Dorothy Allison, Saturday, February 25, at the MT Center in the Sam Ingram building on the MTSU campus.

Both Dorothy Allison events are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Richard and Virginia Peck fund, the MTSU English Department, and the College of Liberal Arts.

Susannah Felts

Join us Saturday, March 18, for a master class led by creative non-fiction writer Susannah Felts, 9-noon in the Sam Ingram Building on the MTSU campus.


Susannah is a fiction writer, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and native Nashvillian. In 2009, after many years away from her hometown, she returned to put down roots with her family in East Nashville. In 2014, she cofounded The Porch, a nonprofit center for the literary arts. Prior to founding The Porch, Susannah taught creative writing at  Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in several other youth and community workshop settings. Her first novel, "This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record," was published in 2008 by Featherproof Books.Susannah has received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Oxford American, Longreads, Literary Hub, The Sun, Quarterly West, Corium, Redux, Hobart, Five Chapters, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,, Wigleaf, Quick Fiction, and others. She earned her BA with Highest Honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Susannah is also a contributing writer for (and ardent fan of) Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s site devoted to literary culture.

“Shaping Your Life Into Story: Creative Nonfiction”

In Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, William Zinsser writes that “Good memoirs are a careful act of construction. We like to think that an interesting life will simply fall into place on the page. It won’t.” In this workshop, we’ll first focus on excavating images and moments from our lived experience that feel charged, or potent as catalysts for narrative. We’ll look at some examples of powerful true stories, then begin drafting our own through exercises designed to marry a satisfying sense of structure to our memories. Our focus will be on working toward completed shorter works: personal essays and flash creative nonfiction, with some emphasis on writing about family.  

Holly Tucker

Join us Saturday, April 8, for a master class and reading by historical non-fiction writer Holly Tucker ( ).  


This workshop will provide behind-the-scenes insights into writing nonfiction history for the general public.  Using Tucker’s City of Light as a case study, students will learn strategies for book idea generation, proposal writing, research, and responsible use of primary resources.  The course will be hands-on, with an emphasis on practical tips for both seasoned and aspiring nonfiction writers. 
Participants who register by MARCH 14 will receive a complimentary copy of Tucker's new book, City of Light, City of Poison, delivered!  Registration CLOSES March 21.

Holly Tucker writes about true crime and history.  She is author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution (W.W. Norton), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize and a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year.  Her next book, City of Light, City of Poison:  Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris (W.W. Norton) releases at the end of March.  


Tiana Clark

Join us Saturday, April 22, for a master class and reading by poet (and MTSU Write alum), Tiana Clark, on the MTSU campus 9 am-noon.  


Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University where she serves as Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerSewanee ReviewRattle, Best New Poets 2015, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Offing, Grist Journal, The Journal, and elsewhere.


Tiana grew up in Nashville and southern California.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women's studies. She has received scholarships to The Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, and The New Harmony Writers Workshop. Tiana has been awarded funding from the Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission for her community project, Writing as Resistance, which provides creative writing workshops for trans youth for the Oasis Center.


The Intersection Between the Sacred and the Sexual: Writing Poems about the Body Electric

I believe everything is a metaphor for sex. Lovemaking mimics the act of departure…

–Terrance Hayes

Growing up in my church, I wasn’t allowed to talk or ask questions about sex or of my prepubescent body. It was off limits and considered unladylike. Well, thank God for poetry, because I have been set free! My poetry evolved when I began unpacking my religious upbringing by converging the sacred and the sensual, the holy and the profane. Ranier Maria Rilke said ‘… the artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss.’ When I decided to stop writing out of fear, the hesitation began to dissipate when my pen slid across the page.


Sex is boring, or, rather, writing strictly about sex in a poem can be boring. I heard the poet, Alex Dimitrov, say that it’s what happens before and after, leading up to, or in another room that makes the subject matter of sex far more interesting for poems by adding tension and surprise for the reader. Writing a poem that incorporates sex uses the same craft elements as all poems. For this workshop, I want to show the interconnectedness of sex and violence and memory and love and death and parents and faith and… Well, everything! I want to show the multifaceted nature of sex poems, and how these are handled delicately, bluntly, and indirectly within the thrumming body of a poem. Come join me as we delve into the poems of Jericho Brown, Natalie Diaz, Marie Howe, Dorothea Lasky, Rickey Laurentiis, Mary Ruefle, Danez Smith, of course, Sharon Olds.







In Summer 2016 MTSU Write has begun sponsoring free regular public readings in conjunction with the 'boro Art Crawl.  More info here:



Fall 2017 brings the annual Fall Creative Writing Conference.  Watch here for details...





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