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Spalding Offers Community Creative Writing Workshop Nov. 15-17



Looking for a top-notch workshop and enrichment experience to jump start your writing? Curious about Spalding’s graduate programs in creative writing? The Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing of Louisville, Kentucky, is offering a 3-day Creative Writing Community Workshop November 15 – 17, which takes place on campus during our fall residency.


The Community Workshop offers qualified applicants the opportunity to study and write with award-winning faculty and take advantage of other residency events, including lectures on the craft of writing, the writing life, and a reading and talk by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, winner of the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the full schedule!


Angela Jackson-Brown, an award-winning writer, poet, and playwright, leads the workshop. As a participant, you’ll receive feedback on your writing in your chosen genre (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, 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.


Applications are due Monday, October 9. Participants will be notified of acceptance on or before Saturday, October 14. If accepted, students will be emailed a link to pay by Thursday, October 26. The application writing sample will be discussed during the workshop. Questions? Email schoolofwriting@spalding.edu. Apply now; space is limited!


Cost: $330.00


To apply, fill out the application form. Participants traveling from out of town may request lodging at the nearby, four-star Brown Hotel.


Next, email the following as Word document attachments to schoolofwriting@spalding.edu:

  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


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


Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet, and playwright who is an Associate Professor in the creative writing program at Indiana University in Bloomington. She also teaches in the graduate program at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She has published her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in journals like The Louisville Journal and Appalachian Review. She is the author of Drinking From a Bitter Cup, House Repairs, When Stars Rain Down, and The Light Always Breaks. Her novels have received starred reviews from the Library Journal and glowing reviews from Alabama Public Library, Buzzfeed, Parade Magazine, and Women’s Weekly, just to name a few. When Stars Rain Down was named a finalist for the 2021 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, longlisted for the Granum Foundation Award, and shortlisted for the 2022 Indiana Authors Award. In October of 2023, Angela’s next novel, Homeward, a follow-up to When Stars Rain Down, will be published by Harper Muse.


General Schedule*

All sessions are optional, except Workshop.

Sessions take place on the Spalding campus unless otherwise noted.







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