Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Charles Baxter reading at UGA

Author Charles Baxter will read from his work at CINE Theatre at 234 West Hancock Avenue in downtown Athens at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Leighton-Ballew Lecture Fund and UGA Creative Writing Program; it is free and open to the public. Baxter is the author of The Soul Thief published in September, 2008 by Pantheon. His novel The Feast of Love (Pantheon/Vintage) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and has been made into a film by Robert Benton, starring Morgan Freeman. He has published three other novels, Saul and Patsy, First Light and Shadow Play, and four books of stories, most recently Believers, published by Pantheon in hardback and Vintage in paperback. He has also published essays on fiction collected in Burning Down the House (Graywolf) and Beyond Plot , and has edited or co-edited three books of essays, The Business of Memory, published by Graywolf, Bringing the Devil to His Knees (The University of Michigan Press), and A William Maxwell Portrait, published in 2004 by W. W. Norton. His book of poems, Imaginary Paintings, was published by Paris Review Editions. He also edited Best New American Voices 2001 (Harcourt) and was the judge for the Bakeless Prize in Fiction in 2004. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix St. Valentine in France, and the Catalan Booksellers’ Association Award for book of the year in Spain. He was born in Minneapolis in 1947, graduated from Macalester College with a B. A. degree in 1969, and the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Ph.D. in 1974, and lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught at the University of Michigan. He now lives in Minneapolis and is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s, among other journals and magazines. His fiction has been widely anthologized and translated into ten languages.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Next meeting of the Athens campus Creative Writers Club

The Athens campus Creative Writing Club will meet in the Student Lounge of the Commons on Friday, November 14 at 2:00.

For additional information, e-mail Dr. Sian Griffiths at sgriffiths [at] piedmont [dot] edu.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Call for submissions of poetry and creative non-fiction

Fourth River Award for Poetry Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction http://fourthriver.chatham.edu/submit.cfm

We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide. First place winner in each category will be published in the Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication.

Our judges for the contest are Rick Campbell (Poetry) and Janisse Ray (Creative Nonfiction).

Contest GuidelinesSubmissions should be postmarked no later than November 15, 2008Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible. Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s). Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.

The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 5. Please make checks payable to Chatham University. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The Fourth River

Chatham University

Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Attention: Fourth River Award for Poetry

or Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Submit Your Work (Regular Submissions)

**NEW: Special20International Issue, Spring 2009In addition to our regular publication, The Fourth River is putting together a special issue for Spring 2009 with a specific focus on international writing.

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s and young adult writing by international authors, in translation, and by authors traveling abroad. We are interested in work that explores the diverse meanings of and the interaction between environment, landscape, culture, nature, and human nature around the world.

The submission guidelines for the International Issue are the same as for other issues, but please indicate on your cover letter that you are submitting to this particular issue. The postmark deadline for this issue is January 31, 2009.

Submission Guidelines (Issue 6)The Fourth River is accepting nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, and young adult/children’s writing (without illustration). Please send up to seven poems or up to 7,000 words of prose to the address below. Due to the volume of submissions, we will recycle all the manuscripts we receive. Please do not send us your only copy.Include cover letter with name, address, phone number, email contact, and titles of enclosed work.All manuscripts must include a SASE to be considered and returned.No e-mail submissions accepted.Kindly let us know if you are submitting simultaneously.

Reading Period (for standard issues): August 1, 2008 – February 15, 2009

Submission Address

The Fourth River

Chatham University

0A Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Contact Us

For more information, contact The Fourth River at (replace (at) with @)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Upcoming Courses for Spring 2009

English 394: Fiction Writing

Pre-reqs: English 101 and 102
Note 1: students need not take a 200-level survey prior to this class.
Note 2: This class will NOT fulfill the Gen-Ed requirement for a 200-level English survey.

Description: Students will write stories and story fragments, which we will discuss in whole-class workshops. Students will gain deeper understanding of the craft of writing fiction through practice and critique. All genres of fiction welcome. (Riotous mayhem and laughter often ensue, but I find this aids rather than hampers learning.)

Who would benefit?
Creative Writing minors (this needs no elaboration, right?)
English and Secondary Education English majors gain an in-depth understanding of story-construction from a writer’s perspective as well as learning creative methods they can employ in teaching
Art majors tend to flourish in creative writing classes, which tap into another aspect of their creativity and offer multi-media opportunities (graphic novel, etc)
Graphics Design majors, especially those interested in video game development, gain a better knowledge of crafting the stories that add interest and relevance to video games and other narrative-driven formats
Mass Communications majors, by hearing the effect of their writing on an actual audience, better understand the power of their words to move their readers. Those interested in film and in writing narrative-based stories for newspapers and magazines learn elements of craft that translate well into their field
Business and Advertising majors learn how to hook an audience and keep them hooked as well as how to make points concisely and effectively. (Poet and Novelist James Dickey worked in advertising. Need I say more?)
Theatre Arts majors understand narrative craft techniques and reflect on which can transfer to dramatic media including play- and screen-writing
Anyone interested in exploring and developing their imagination is more than welcome

English 400: Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop

Pre-reqs: English 101 and 102
(Because this course is being offered for the first time, I’ll wave the creative writing requirement for interested and dedicated students this semester. Like all other creative writing classes, this one does not fulfill the Gen-Ed English 200-level survey requirement but will fill elective-requirements.)

Description: Students will investigate the world of on-line and print-based creative writing publication, including literary journals, zines, and blogs, to see what’s currently being done in the creative community. Students will work collaboratively to edit and produce Trillium, Piedmont’s own creative writing journal, deciding what criteria make a submission suitable for publication, selecting work for publication from among those submitted, designing the layout, researching production costs, etc. No prior experience necessary!

Who would benefit?
Creative Writing Minors (this is a required course)
Education majors who are interested in putting together class publications
Mass Communication majors who focus on print publications of all sorts
Art and/or Graphic Design majors who would like hands-on experience designing the lay-out of a print publication
Anyone interested in being a part of the Piedmont creative community

(Side note: I really want to see Trillium represent the diverse art forms of students at both campuses and I expect the students to be instrumental in its transformation.)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Link Added

For those of you looking to publish your work, I've just added a link to the New Pages website. There, you'll find list to a wide variety of literary journals where you can send your work. Best of luck!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Creative Writers Club Organizational Meeting

All students are invited to come to Commons 303B East on Friday, Sept 26 at 1:00 for an organizational meeting to create a Piedmont College Writers Club at the Athens campus. All majors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact sgriffiths [at] piedmont [dot] edu for more information.

10/21/2008 Judith Ortiz Cofer Reading and Talk

Upcoming Reading: Judith Ortiz Cofer at UGA. Piedmont students interested in attending should sign up in the English office (if you're in Demorest) or at Dr. Griffiths's office (if you're in Athens).

Judith Ortiz Cofer is the author of A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems (2005); Call Me Maria (2006), a young adult novel; The Meaning of Consuelo (2003), a novel; Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer (2000), a collection of essays; An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (1995), a collection of short stories; The Line of the Sun (1989), a novel; Silent Dancing (1990), a collection of essays and poetry; two books of poetry, Terms of Survival (1987) and Reaching for the Mainland (1987); and The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry (1993).
She will give a reading from her works, and a talk: “What is Minority Literature and What Will It Be Called When Everyone is a Minority?”
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2008, 6:00 pm
Location: University of Georgia Student Learning Center, room 150
Contact: Diana Hartle dhartle [at] uga [dot] edu, Judith Ortiz Cofer jocofer [at] uga [dot] edu