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Join a Creative Writing Workshop Nov. 13 –15 at Spalding’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of 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 November 13 – 15, which takes place during our fall residency in Louisville. The Community Workshop offers qualified applicants the opportunity to study and write with our award-winning faculty and take advantage of other residency events, including lectures on the craft of writing, the writing life, and a reading by National Book Award finalist Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing.

Erin Keane, editor in chief at Salon and author of four books, leads the workshop. As a participant, you’ll receive feedback on your writing in your chosen genre (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, young adult, or middle grade) and also have a chance to put what you learn to use through generative writing prompts given by the instructor.

To apply, fill out the registration and email 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:

  • 5–7 pages of prose (fiction, creative nonfiction, young adult, or middle grade)

  • 2–3 poems (no more than five pages total, submit poems in one document)

  • Up to ten pages of a play or screenplay

Please include your name and email address clearly on each document, and for the subject line of the email include “Community Workshop.”

Applications are due Wednesday, October 12. Participants will be notified of acceptance on or before October 18. If accepted, students will be emailed a link to pay by October 30. The application writing sample will be discussed during the workshop. Questions? Email Apply now; space is limited!

Cost: $295.00

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


Erin Keane is a critic, poet, essayist, and journalist. She’s the author of three collections of poetry, and editor of The Louisville Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2020). Her work has appeared in many publications, anthologies, and public radio shows. She was co-producer and co-host of the limited audio series These Miracles Work: A Hold Steady Podcast and her memoir in essays, Runaway, is forthcoming from Belt in September 2022. She is Editor in Chief at Salon, where she has worked since 2014, and teaches in the Sena Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University.


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