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Success: Jac Smith Accepted Into MFA Program

Success: Jac Smith Accepted Into MFA Program

Congratulations are in order for former creative writing student, Jacqueline Smith (AKA Jac) who has been accepted into the 2017 MFA Fiction Cohort at Notre Dame! Less than 5% of applicants are accepted into the program and we’re so happy that Jac is one of them!...

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Success: Darri Farr Receives a Stegner Prize

Success: Darri Farr Receives a Stegner Prize

Darri Farr, former Writers’ Program student and fiction writer, has added to her list of prestigious accomplishments (some of her past successes can be found here and here)—she’s been selected for a Stegner Prize! The Stegner is a two-year creative writing fellowship...

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Success: Robin Finn Publishes Debut Novel

Success: Robin Finn Publishes Debut Novel

Robin Finn, former Writers’ Program nonfiction student, has published her first novel! Robin shares that Restless in L.A. (February 2017 by InkSpell Publishing) “delves into modern marriage, mom judging, the challenges of raising a child with ADHD, and what happens...

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Success: David Mellon Publishes Debut Novel

Success: David Mellon Publishes Debut Novel

Writers’ Program student David Mellon has published his first young adult novel through Merit Press/Simon & Schuster (March 2017)! Silent, described as “dark and memorable” by Kirkus Review, is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism set in France during...

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Instructor Interview: Michele Bigley

Instructor Interview: Michele Bigley

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor, Michele Bigley! Michele is teaching a new course this summer, The Art of Travel Writing, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. 1) What sparks your creativity? Everything sparks...

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Summer Writing Tips

Summer Writing Tips

Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer, and warmer. Summer is upon us and I thought I’d offer a few tips for keeping your writing mojo going when many would rather be at the beach or holed up in a cool bookstore escaping the heat. Read – Any time...

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Summertime and the Writing is (hopefully) Easy

Summertime and the Writing is (hopefully) Easy

Hello from Writers’ Program assistant and social media gal, Bree. As you may have heard, summer registration is now open! We’ve got an extensive and exciting lineup of courses this term in fiction, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, poetry and special topics. You can...

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month and we’ll be posting here, on facebook, twitter and Instagram all month with links, poems, prompts and more. To kick off, here’s a few ideas for things you can do to celebrate, and some favorite (short) poem selections by some our...

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Revision Time

Revision Time

You may be aware that November is National Novel Writing Month (there’s also Camp NaNoWriMo for those who shy away from November and/or a ‘required’ word count goal). You may also be aware that the Writers’ Program offers a NaNoWriMo course – look for it in the Fall...

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Random Acts of Kindness (For Writers) Day

Random Acts of Kindness (For Writers) Day

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day in the US. Here’s a few ideas on how writers can give back to the people who allow our precious writing time and writerly needs to be part of their lives. Encourage someone to pursue their dreams - You write because you...

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Writing Retreat this Fall!

Writing Retreat this Fall!

We just finished an amazing, intense few days with our Writers Studio, and are now deep into planning (and really excited about) our fall Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead. Coming off a four-day intensive gets us all in the mood for finding more time to dedicate to...

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Spring into New Classes!

Spring into New Classes!

Was ‘write more’ a resolution for 2017? Finishing something you started? Exploring something new? (They’re all on my list and I’m not going to admit which I’ve already slacked off on…) We know sometimes resolutions crumble before January ends, but we’re here to get...

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Welcome Bree Todish to the WP!

Welcome Bree Todish to the WP!

Bree Todish has joined our WP ranks and we’re so excited to have a new staff member among us! Bree is the Assistant to the Director and will be taking on the task of keeping the Writers’ Program visible on social media, handling basic advising, and implementing events...

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Last Call for Writers Studio 2017!

Last Call for Writers Studio 2017!

The Writers Studio is a mere three weeks away! Here are 10 good reasons to enroll now: You’ll have four days of uninterrupted focus on your writing craft. You’ll listen to lectures that give practical tips and techniques to improve your craft You’ll engage in...

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