Registration for The Writer’s Loft Summer Term is now open. Deadline is May 25th.

Work from home
Write YOUR Story.


Work one-on-one with a writing mentor, June 1-August 31st. register at:

“When I enrolled at The Writer’s Loft, I was paired with a mentor who changed my thinking and writing to the point that I finally believed that I was a writer. If you secretly know this about yourself, come to the Loft and begin to believe it out loud.”

–Suzanne Robertson

 “I have found the Writer’s Loft program at MTSU to be the most valuable of all the programs I have attended for improving my writing skills. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to help a writer achieve excellence.”

–Michael Potts

“I found my voice. Before I signed up for The Writer’s Loft, I was unfocused, and after 3 sessions spread over a few years, I hit my stride.”

–Patty Outlaw

 “The Loft gave me community as well as craft. It provided a way to understand the submission process, the business of publishing, what editors seek and how to find writer resources. Knowing other writers and sharing their accomplishments continues to provide incentive to keep the fires burning.”

–Peggy Duke


Joining our faculty for the summer:


​Marcus Jackson was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After earning his BA at the University of Toledo, he continued his poetry studies in NYU’s graduate creative writing program and as a Cavem Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and The Cincinnati Review, among many other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitled Neighborhood Register, was released in 2011.


 Jennifer Wachtel Kates is a Tennessee native who earned her M.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and her Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University.  She teaches fiction writing at Middle Tennessee State University, where she has taught in the English department for the past sixteen years.  Her short stories have appeared in The Southwestern Review and GSU Review, where her story “Egg and Spoon” earned the short fiction award.  She is the recipient of the Allen Tate Creative Writing Award, and serves as faculty advisor for Collage and Future Authors of America as well as two other student organizations.  She is a volunteer and advocate for Autism Speaks Tennessee, for which she earned the MTSU Faculty Outstanding Public Service Award.  She lives in Murfreesboro with her three sons.

 A complete list of our award-winning, dedicated mentors can be found at

 Our newsletter, which includes recent accomplishments of mentors and students, can be found at

 More about the program is at

 I am happy to answer any questions.

Karen Alea Ford


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