Annual Writers Festival

Each year the English Major in Creative Writing invites three authors to campus for a week of writing classes, public readings, and individual conferences with advanced writing students.

2017 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Aleksandar Hemon - Creative Nonfiction
John Keene - Fiction
Cathy Park Hong - Poetry

2017 Writers Festival

2016 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Sharman Apt Russell - Creative Nonfiction
Alexander Chee - Fiction
Laura Kasischke- Poetry

2016 Spring Writers Festival

2015 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Maggie Nelson - Creative Nonfiction
Roxane Gay - Fiction
Connie Voisine - Poetry

2015 Writers' Festival

2014 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Geoff Dyer - Creative Nonfiction
Rebecca Makkai - Fiction
Meghan O'Rourke - Poetry

2014 Writers Festival

2013 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Chris Adrian - Fiction
D.A. Powell - Poetry
John Jeremiah Sullivan - Creative Nonfiction

2013 Writers Festival

2012 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Jane Brox - Creative Nonfiction
Kate Daniels - Poetry
ZZ Packer - Fiction

Photo of Rachel Webster, Brian Bouldrey, ZZ Packer, Jane Brox, Kate Daniels, Mary Kinzie, and Averill Curdy

from left to right: Rachel Webster, Brian Bouldrey, ZZ Packer, Jane Brox, Kate Daniels, Mary Kinzie, and Averill Curdy

2011 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Maureen McLane - Poetry
Nami Mun - Fiction
David Shields - Creative Nonfiction

Photo of David Shields, Eula Biss, Maureen McLane, Rachel Webster, Nami Mun, Shauna Seily

from left to right: David Shields, Eula Biss, Maureen McLane, Rachel Webster, Nami Mun, and Shauna Seliy

2010 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Jo Ann Beard - Creative Nonfiction
Frank Bidart - Poetry
George Saunders - Fiction

2010 writers' conference

Held in conjunction with the 2010 Spring Writers' Festival, students, faculty, and English Major in Writing alumni celebrated 30 years of Creative Writing on campus.  A reception was held at the Hotel Orrington, followed by a career panel and a reading by four alumni.

Anne-Marie Cusac, Cristina Henriquez, Karen Russell, and Joshua Weiner returned to campus to share memories about their time as writing students, talk about their career paths after graduation, and read from their published works. Recording of this reading is available at the above link.

News coverage of the 2010 Spring Writers' Festival by journalism student Emma O'Connor.

2009 Writers in Residence

Available Recordings

Dan Beachy-Quick- Poetry
Naeem Murr- Fiction
Claudia Rankine-Creative Nonfiction

2009 Writers' Fest

2008 Writers in Residence

Brigit Pegeen Kelly- Poetry
Abigail Thomas-Creative Nonfiction

2008 Writers Fest