March Newsletter

Below you will find information related to the program and writing in general. Please send your updates to me at

–Karen Alea Ford

Upcoming Event

Novel Workshop with Darnell Arnoult
Drafting the Novel

What is the difference between the terms “story” and “novel”? Stories happen, novels are constructed. Novels are the architecture of what happened, revealing events and information to the reader in the most seductive and engaging way so as to keep the reader’s interest from the first page to the last. In this workshop we will explore novel structure along with global and linear approaches to creating the story and the architecture.

Free for Writer’s Loft graduates and current students.
General Public–$20 CASH or CHECK (to MTSU) at event.

Saturday, April 26th, 10-12

Peck Hall, 3rd Floor, MTSU

About Darnell
Darnell Arnoult is the writer-in- residence and co-director of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. She is also co-editor of the literary magazine, Draft Horse. She is prize-winning author of What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press). Her shorter works have appeared in a variety of journals, including Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Nantahala Review, Now and Then, Sandhills Review, Southern Cultures, Southern Exposure, and Southwest Review.
Darnell holds an MFA from University of Memphis and an MA from NC State, and is a regular faculty member of the Table Rock Writers Workshop, Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Learning Events.
She was the recipient of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature, SIBA Poetry Book of the Year, Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and in 2007 was named Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance.



Mentor Gloria Ballard–Gloria had a non-fiction travel piece in a recent Tennessean: Chattanooga From the Outside In, with sidebars on the Bluff View Art District, Spring Break Safari and other features was published in The Tennessean on March 9.


Karen Alea (Ford)

Gloria Ballard

Ashley Loar

Jeff Hardin

Leisa Hammett

Jennifer Chesak

Michael Potts
Author’s Amazon Page:
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Charlotte Dixon Rains

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Emily Davidson Nemoy

Kory Wells

Candace White


Front Porch, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA, invites all writers to submit works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for our Summer 2014 issue.

Front Porch is dedicated to publishing the most celebrated talents in contemporary writing published alongside exceptional new voices. Our editors seek out both innovative and traditional literature. In short, we’re looking for insightful and relevant writing that excels, regardless of form, theme, or style.

Our submissions are rolling with no deadline and submitted online through Front Porch’sonline submission manager. The guidelines and submission manager can be accessed here:
If you’re interested in the work we publish, our entire archives are available online, andissue 25, our Winter 2013 issue, was recently published.


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