30 May |Women Writers & The Art of the Short Story: A Tribute to Lucia Berlin


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Join us on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day), in celebrating the life and work of author Lucia Berlin (1936-2004). This event will feature JCU professor Elizabeth Geoghegan, Italian screen and fiction writers Chiara Barzini and Francesca Marciano.

Event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room G.G.1 in JCU’s Guarini Gampus.

Click here to RSVP and for more information on this event .

Lucia Berlin stories are inspired by her early childhood in various Western mining towns; her glamorous teenage years in Santiago, Chile; three failed marriages; a lifelong problem with alcoholism; her years spent in Berkeley, New Mexico, and Mexico City; and the various jobs she later held to support her writing and her four sons. Sober and writing steadily by the 1990s, she took a visiting writer’s post at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons. She died in 2004 in Marina del Rey. (From the John Cabot University Website)


Inspiration Call: Write about an Item From Your Pocket or Your Purse — Creative Talents Unleashed

Inspiration Call: Day 5 of National Poetry Month Writing Challenge. “An item from your pocket or purse” Get creative at http://www.facebook.com/CreativeTalentsUnleashed ‪#‎WritersChallenge‬ ‪#‎WritingPrompt‬ ‪#‎MicroPoetry‬ ‪#‎Unleashed‬ ‪#‎NationalPoetryMonth‬ ‪#‎CTUWritingPrompt‬

via Inspiration Call: Write about an Item From Your Pocket or Your Purse — Creative Talents Unleashed

A great way to kickstart National Poetry Month!

Seeking Writing Inspiration While In Italy? Read This: Why You Should Visit the Ancient Sunken City of Baia While You Study in Italy — John Cabot University Blog

Have you heard of underwater archaeology? Ancient shipwrecks, buried treasures, and the lost city of Atlantis are some of pop culture’s favorite examples of this field. In Italy, many spectacular underwater wonders aren’t lost at all. They’re found, studied, and explored by curious people like you. If you take the opportunity to study abroad in…

via Why You Should Visit the Ancient Sunken City of Baia While You Study in Italy — John Cabot University Blog

JCU Offers Graduate Courses in Creative Writing (Summer 2016)


If you have been thinking about studying creative writing and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, then why not study with us in Rome this summer?  John Cabot University in agreement with American University will be offering four graduate courses in creative writing during the Summer Institute.  This summer’s offerings are:

  • CW 550 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • CW 554 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • CW 558 The Art of Literary Translation
  • EN 585 Advanced Creative Writing and Literature: How to Read Like a Writer

Courses will be taught by professors from both JCU and American University.  They include poet David Keplinger, author Elizabeth Geoghegan, and poet and translator Elena Buia Rutt. Please, visit the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation to learn more about these courses.

Blog |WritingContests: Contests, Fellowships & Residencies

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If you are looking for another source for current and upcoming contests, fellowships and residencies, then visit fellow WordPress blog WritingContests.  Since 2006, WritingContests has aimed to provide information for aspiring and established writers, regardless of age, or as is stated on the blog:

“information about creative writing contests, poetry contests, literary magazine theme issues, writing residencies, grants, fellowships etc. Now accepting creative writing contests news and announcements!”

There are even listings about job opportunities, whether that is writing for a teen magazine or for the AARP.

Check out some of their recent posts:

Happy Writing!


Jan 2016 | Upcoming MFA Creative Writing Program Deadlines

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Thinking of applying to an MFA in Creative Writing program next year?  Well, the deadlines begin as early as January 1st! So, now is the time to prepare (if you haven’t started already): get those recommendation letters together, polish up your written submission, give yourself a hug and cross your fingers as soon as you’ve put the application in the mail or hit the Submit button if applying online.

If you do not yet have a specific program in mind, then check out the Poets & Writers’ MFA Programs Database. There you will find not only a listing of upcoming deadlines, but also information on each program’s core faculty, program size, residency level (low, full), genre focus, and contact information.

Programs with 1/1/2016 Deadlines:

  • Arizona State University
  • Stony Brook Southampton
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Missouri, Columbia (MFA & PhD)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of North Texas (MFA & PhD)
  • University of North Texas
  • University of South Florida

Good Luck & Happy Writing!

Article | The Guardian: How to Win a Creative Writing Competition


If you are interested in or have competed in any creative writing contests, then the article “How to win a creative writing competition” by author Joe Craig may be a worthwhile read. Although aimed at young writers (children), Craig offers up solid tips in reader-friendly language that writers of all ages can use to make their work stand out from the rest.  If nothing else, pass it on to those who could benefit from it. Click on the link above to read more.

riverSedge: Now Accepting Submissions

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We’re back! To start of our return, here is a new call for submission:

Until March 2016, riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature, published by the University of Texas Pan-American, is accepting submissions in the following categories: prose, poetry and art.  Beyond seeking your submissions, riverSedge is holding a contest, and all submissions (with the exception of reviews and interviews) are eligible to win a prize.  riverSedge has noted that if you are a writer of dramatic scripts or graphic literature, you are still eligible for the contest, and will be judged under the category of prose.

What are the prizes? riverSedge is offering three $300 prizes, one for each of the categories named above.

Want to learn more?  Visit the riverSedge website. If you are ready to submit, then click here to submit.


10 Sep 2015 | Writer Jhumpa Lahiri to Receive National Humanities Award

Jhumpa Lahiri, 2013 Writer in Residence. Image from JohnCabot.edu

Professor and Pultizer Prize Jhumpa Lahiri, JCU Summer Institute’s 2013 Writer in Residence, has been named one of the two recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, according to The DailyPrincetonian. The award ceremony will take place this Thursday, September 10, and will be conferred by President Barack Obama.