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

–Karen Alea Ford

Registration for Summer Session closes May 25th. It starts June 1st and lasts until August 31st. Feel free to email me with questions.

More info HERE



April 16-19 at MTSU Alumni Weekend and May (TBA) at Cultivating Creativity (http://www.cultivatecoworking.com)– Karen Alea Ford will be sharing info about MTSU Write to the public. Email for details or if you have a writing group or organization you’d like us to attend. Theloftmtsu@gmail.com



Hemingway, Munro, Bradbury, Poe–They are masters of the Short Story. What are the elements of short fiction, and how does it differ from novels?

Whether you have written short stories or not, this module will go over the nitty-gritty of the craft as well as the publishing market. Bring a notebook and pen.  No need to bring a written piece.

Registration is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/short-story-module-tickets-16282445232

General Admission is $20 cash or check (made to Luke Wiget). MTSU Write alumni and students are Free.

Lunch at Boulevard Grill afterwards.

Instructor: Luke Wiget

Luke Wiget


Luke Wiget is a writer and musician who lives in Nashville, Tennessee by way of Brooklyn, New York. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains ReviewSmokeLong QuarterlyHobartBOMBHeavy Feather Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He has an MFA in Fiction from The New School University, where, in addition to teaching, he developed and continues to produce AUDIOGRAPH, a podcast that documents the readings and conversations hosted by The Writing Program. Luke is co-curator and host of drDOCTOR, a literary and arts podcast and reading series based in Brooklyn. You can find Luke on Twitter @godsteethandme


May 25th—Deadline to sign up for Summer Term. www.mtsu.edu/write


September 26th—THIRD Annual Creative Writers Conference of Middle Tennessee. Speakers TBA. Registration will open by May. Save the date!




Gloria Ballard

Gloria has continued to write travel pieces for The Tennessean. With Spring finally popping through, she is also very busy as The Tennessean garden expert. Find her articles here: http://www.tennessean.com/search/Gloria%20Ballard/


Bill Brown

Bill Brown’s new book, Elemental, was released in November ’14 by 3: A Taos Press, Denver. He led the poetry workshop at January Jumpstart for Tennessee Mountain Writers, gave the Keynote speech at the Christopher-Newport Writers Conference in Newport News, Virginia in February ’15. He has poetry readings at Vanderbilt Barnes and Noble on March 27 with Jeff Hardin, Tiana Clark and Walker Bass. He has readings is April for the Nashville Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and The Chattanooga Writers Guild. His new work appears in River Styx, Tar River Poetry, Common Ground, Connecticut River Review, POEM, Aurorean, Clover, Birmingham Poetry Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Big Muddy and Coudbank. I have two April readings: Nashville chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and The Chattanooga Writers Guild.


Jennifer Chesak

“I recently took a trip to my native state of North Dakota to do some research on a novel I’m working on. I asked my dad to be my chauffeur and tour guide, and as he drove me around the state, which has changed incredibly since the 2008 oil boom. I had the opportunity to learn about stuff from his childhood and early adulthood that I never knew before. A day I thought would simply be about garnering research turned out to be so much more than that, and I will treasure the experience forever.

Additionally, I just completed the index coding of a 500-page birding book for a world-famous birder and first-time author. It was an incredible experience to navigate the process of what goes into indexing. I have a newfound respect for taxonomy and birding!

This spring I am planning a vacation to Big Sur in California to carve out some personal writing time, and I am looking forward to a travel-packed summer of reviewing remote Canadian fishing lodges for several outdoor magazines.”


Charlotte Rains Dixon

Charlotte has attained representation with literary agent Erin Niumata of Folio Literary in NYC.


Jeff Hardin

My third collection, Restoring the Narrative, which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize from the West Chester University Poetry Center, is in the production stage and should be published some time over the summer.

My fourth collection, Small Revolution, has been accepted by Aldrich Press and is scheduled to appear in January 2016.

I have poems recently appearing in or forthcoming from The Hudson Review, Southern Review, The Laurel Review, Bluestem, Grist, Big Muddy, and Tupelo Quarterly.

Red Hydra Press is printing Until That Yellow Bird Returns, a letterpress chapbook of five-line poems.


Terry Price

Who can keep up with Terry? Check out all he is up to at www.terryprice.net


Kory Wells

“I have poetry forthcoming in Unsplendid and Broad River Review, where I was a finalist for their 2014 Ron Rash Award. Last fall I served as a teaching artist with the Nashville Poetry & Prints project through a partnership headed by Watkins College; my particular assignment, to help senior refugees from a variety of nations write about their lives, was both challenging and very moving. I was also the featured poet at the 12th annual Martin Methodist College Literary Festival, where my daughter Kelsey Wells provided old-time music to accompany select poems. More recently, I conducted a workshop on how songs can inspire or inform poetry for the mid-winter meeting of the Alabama State Poetry Society.”


**I’d like to extend our condolences to Linda Busby Parker on the passing of her mother. Linda stays as busy as ever, but I know we all wish her rest and renewal.


Alumni and Students:


Tiana Clark

Tiana was accepted into Vanderbilt University’s MFA program for poetry. Mentors Jeff Hardin and Bill Brown assisted with her application.


Sandy Coomer

Her second poetry collection containing 40 poems and titled, The Presence of Absence, won the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry and was published in December 2014. It is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com and in Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Parnassus in Green Hills, and East Side Story in east Nashville.


Amber Hart

Amber has had four stories accepted for publication. Neon Literary Mag Issue #41 (due out Mid 2015), Storgy (forthcoming date TBD), Cheat River Review (April), Gravel Literary Journal (May).


Cathleen Reid

Cathleen is 3/4 the way through with her book about her battle with cancer. She is actively working on her blog at www.daddyswarriorprincess.com




Gloria Ballard




Ashley Loar


Jeff Hardin


Leisa Hammett


Jennifer Chesak




Michael Potts

Author’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Potts/e/B006EC8XKW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/potts-end-of-summer?keyword=potts+end+of+summer&store=allproducts

Charlotte Dixon Rains


Emily Davidson Nemoy


Kory Wells




Candace White





See the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival website for writing contest and fellowship opportunities. http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/index.shtml


Hindman Settlement School summer workshop deadline approaching. See https://www.hindmansettlement.org/events/writers-workshop/#


See mentor websites for more opportunities.



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