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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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Fall semester is just around the corner. For most students, if not all, this means writing, writing and more writing. Yes, that’s right. It’s not just creative writing and English literature and language students who have to pour over grammar, deal with writer’s block, and seek help from the masters.
To get you through these challenges, JCU Admissions offers 6 very useful tips. Read about them here: 6 Writing Hacks for Your First Fall Term Paper.
Los Angeles-based journalist, author, playwright and editor Jennifer Chen has experienced the writing world on multiple levels and, as a result, has some words of wisdom for beginning writers. Chen has written for some of the most recognizable magazines: O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Natural Health, and The Writer. She holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is an alumnae of Hedgebrook, one of the few women-only writers residency. On her website, jchenwriter.com, Chen has dedicated a page, Writing Advice, to offers advice on topics such as:
- Balancing Work & Writing,
- How Not to Be Jealous of Other Writers,
- A Writer’s Guide to Rejection,
- Allowing Yourself to Suck at Writing,
- 5 Tips for Dealing with Fear as a Creative Person.
The list goes on. Still, Chen goes one step further on her Writing Advice page and offers specific tips on:
- Artist Residencies
- Getting a BFA/MFA in Writing
- Freelance Writing
- Magazine Writing
- Young Adult & Middle-Grade Writing
Of course, reading the advice of one writer might not be enough for some. Don’t worry. Chen has got this equally covered through guest blogging, book reviews by and interviews with writers, from television writers to book editors to authors.
In other words, Chen’s Writing Advice is an impressive page that includes many of the topics that writers of all levels would find interesting.
Do you know of a writing website that offers advice? Send us a message or leave a comment!
We were asked to post more on upcoming on creative writing contests. To honour that request, here are 5
- Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest: $3,000 for nonfiction. Deadline 9/21/2015. Learn More.
- Lee & Low Books New Voice Awards: $1,000 for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Deadline: 9/30/2015. Learn More.
- Essaymama’s Essay Writing Contest: $500 for nonfiction. Deadline 10/01/2015. Learn More.
- The Brooklyn Film and Art Festival Non-Fiction Prize: $500 for nonfiction. Deadline 11/15/2015. Learn More.
- Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition: $10,000 for fiction. Deadline 12/14/2015. Learn More.
Looking for more no-fee contests? We suggest visiting Freelancewriting.com!
Remember, you have to submit to win! 😉
Beyond offering articles, community resources, and even writing prompts, The Writer provides visitors to its site with current writing contests for fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as information on festivals. Why not visit their website to see the latest contests to which you could participate!