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Creative Writing Community Workshop May 22-24 at Spalding’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing

Curious about Spalding’s graduate programs in creative writing? Looking for a top-notch workshop and enrichment experience to jump start your writing? The Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing is offering a 3-day Creative Writing Community Workshop May 22-24, offering qualified applicants the opportunity to study and write with our award-winning faculty. Award-winning poet Lynnell Edwards leads the workshop. As a workshop participant, you’ll receive feedback on your writing in your chosen genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting). You’re also invited to take advantage of our May residency events, including lectures on the craft of writing, the writing life, and literary history; a field trip to the Louisville Botanical Gardens to inspire our writing; and a reading by New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl.

To apply, fill out the form HERE and send the following as Word document attachments to

1. Personal statement outlining, briefly, your writing experience and goals (maximum 300 words).

2. A writing sample consisting of one of the following:

· 2–3 poems (no more than five pages total)

· 5–7 pages of prose (creative nonfiction or literary fiction)

· Up to ten pages of a play

Please include your name and email address clearly on each document.

Applications are due Friday, April 22. Participants will be notified of acceptance on or before April 26. If accepted, participants submit an additional piece of writing they wish to be discussed during the workshop by May 5. Questions? Email

Cost: $275.00 Space is limited!

The Spalding School of Writing is requiring all students, faculty, alumni, and guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before attending the Community Workshop. Information about uploading proof of vaccination will be sent to you with your acceptance email.

Lynnell Edwards is the Associate Programs Director and faculty in poetry and professional writing for the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing. Her most recent collection of poetry is This Great Green Valley; her forthcoming The Bearable Slant of Light will be released from Red Hen Press in 2023. Her work often investigates the deep connections between a people and their place, including the natural, political, and family narratives in its history. She is also Book Reviews Editor for Good River Review, the literary journal of the program.


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