Three steps to a smoother writing style — Nail Your Novel

This week Joanna Penn invited me to her podcast to talk about writing style and voice, which you can see in a few weeks’ time. We got so involved in the subject that we didn’t finish her question list and this point didn’t make the cut. So I thought it would make a useful post. […]

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

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Lucia Berlin (Image found via GIS)

 

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)

JCU Offers Graduate Courses in Creative Writing (Summer 2016)

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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.

Article | Author Dacia Maraini at JCU

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Renowned Italian author Dacia Maraini presented her latest work Extravagance and Three Other Plays last Tuesday, February 2nd, at JCU’s Guarini Campus.  The plays, originally written, were published by the John Cabot University Press as a dual language volume, with the English Translation by Italian Studies Professor James Schwarten.  Read More

ResArtis’ Upcoming Deadlines for International Writing Residencies

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Thinking about applying to a writing residency in 2016? Although some deadlines have already passed, there are still quite a few upcoming ones, especially outside of the US. Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Iran, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand are just some of the countries in which there are still opportunities.

Of course, some of these writing residencies may have an associated cost for staying there while others may be free,  and certainly there are application fees to be paid.  However, if you are looking to experience a new environment and culture while having the freedom to write, then these residencies might just fit the bill.

Current listed deadlines start as early as today, December 15th, and go through to mid-2016.  There are also listings for open calls to residencies in various countries, such as Iceland, Finland, China, Italy, Japan, and France.

Please, visit ResArtis.org for more information.

Good Luck & 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!

15 Dec 2015 | Submission Deadline: The Quaker (All Genres)

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If you are seeking new opportunities to publish, take a look at The Quaker, the two-year old undergraduate art and literary journal published by the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University. Although going into its third year, this is the first time that The Quaker has opened its submissions call nationally!

Open to writers of all genres, including nonfiction (essays, reviews, etc), or as they put it “good writing in any and all forms.”

Deadline is December 15, 2015.

Also, according to their submission page, “each semester one author is chosen to be honored with a $100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.”

So, why not submit?

Happy Writing!

Sep-Dec 2015 | Submit to The Restless Books Prize in Immigrant Writing (No Fee)

A New Literary Prize for Immigrant Writing.

Restless Books has announced a new annual contest aimed at immigrant writers: The Restless Books Prize in New Immigrant Writing.  The prize is for both fiction and nonfiction, but only one genre is chosen each year.  This year the prize will be awarded to a fiction writer.

Prize: $10,000 and publication by Restless Books

No Fee. Visit the above link for more information.