Writing News

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


  • The Lavinia Project end-of-semester reading will take place at 6:30 on Thursday, December 6th at Cultivate Coworking (107 W. Lytle St in Murfreesboro). The Lavinia Project is a community literacy program comprised of survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence along with witnesses and allies. Please consider coming to show your support and help spread the word to anyone who may be interested or benefit from the event. For more information, contact Matthew Brown.
  • A special Solstice Eve edition of Poetry in the Boro will be held on Thursday, December 20th, at Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., near MTSU. Doors open at 6:30 and this free event starts at 7:00. The feature will be Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, an award-winning author, editor, ghostwriter, activist, and meanderer. In an exciting twist for this reading, Andrew will bring to the stage his father Steve. Together they'll tell of their harrowing adventure that’s also narrated—in a different way—in Andrew's poem "Lost Creek Cave," which he'll also read. Andrew is author of Ghost Gear, Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, and Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.com. For more information and the monthly writing challenge, visit the Poetry in the Boro facebook site. 
  • Poet's Corner featuring Christina Stoddard. December 20, 7-8 pm, Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, Nashville. Free and open to the public.
  • Poetry in the Boro on Sunday, January 13, will feature poet Andrea Spofford and spoken word artist Frank Frizzy Sykes. This free event will be held at Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., near MTSU. Doors open at 6:30 and features start at 7:00. An hour of open mic follows. For more details, visit the Poetry in the Boro facebook site.

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

Calls for Student Writing.


The Todd Art Gallery is hosting a Spoken Word Performance. We’re now accepting proposals from artists among our campus family whose art is concerned with performance, text, and spoken word. The event is scheduled 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Todd Art Gallery, with Open Mic to follow. Performances should relate indirectly or directly to communication, text, literacy, social constructs, socio economic systems, and power relationships. Proposals should include a project description, duration of performance, and technical requirements. Submit the following via this link: proposal; artist statement; 5 images of recent work with a short description of the project or hyperlinks to your videos or performances on YouTube or Vimeo. We invite all interested artists: faculty, students, and staff to submit your proposals. Deadline December 20.

Asterism, the undergraduate literary journal of The Ohio State University at Lima, is open to poetry, prose poetry, and spoken word poetry submissions. Deadline April 8, 2019.

"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.