Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Writers At Work

Writers at Work is a new initiative that supplements the Writing Department’s Modern Masters Reading Series with literary events that encourage student interaction and involvement. The goal is to provide writing students the chance to meet with working writers in interactive settings, to be able to ask questions, to have one-on-one conversations, and take master classes with emerging writers. We believe these kinds of external mentorships are important for all writing students, but at a small university such as Loyola, which emphasizes hands-on, personal teaching, it should be part of the curriculum.
Writers at Work also introduces Loyola students to small press and literary journal publishing and encourages them to consider their writing from the perspectives of writers and editors. In this, the event supports Loyola’s goal of building interest in and enthusiasm for writing, creativity, and the humanities, and also strongly supports the Jesuit tradition of Eloquentia Perfecta and the core values of understanding self within the larger community

Spring 2017 Schedule

Claire Vaye Watkins: Craft Talk with Q&A

Claire Vaye WatkinsThursday March 2nd, 4:00pm
Knott Hall B01

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quaterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many others. Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35" and a Guggenheim Fellow. She is on the faculty of the low residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Jane Satterfield

Jane Satterfield and Mark Osteen:
Faculty Reading and Q&A

Monday, March 20th, 5pm
McManus Theater

Jane Satterfield is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the recipient of awards in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bellingham Review, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Mslexia, and more. She is the author of several books, including Apocalypse Mix, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Prize. She is an associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland.

Mark Osteen

Mark Osteen, PhD, is a professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Loyola. He has published more than 50 articles and is the author or editor of ten books, including a memoir, One of Us: A Family’s Life with Autism (2010).

Fall 2016 Schedule

Michelle Legro: Editing, Publishing, Job Opportunities in NYC

Michelle LegroMonday, October 24th 5pm
MH 038 (Seminar Room)

Michelle Legro is the culture editor of the New Republic and a former editor at Lapham's Quarterly. Her own writing has appeared in several magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She received her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University in 2011.




Terre Ryan and Ron Tanner


Writers at Work poster 9-15-16

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6PM McManus Theater

Writing professors Terre Ryan and Ron Tanner will present recent work and answer questions about the writing process.

The series premise is to invite writers to elaborate on their creative practice.

Terre Ryan is the author of This Ecstatic Nation, a work of nonfiction. Her recent work has appeared in Cream City Review, Diagram, and Weber: The Contemporary West.

Ron Tanner is the author of four books, most recently Missile Paradise, a novel. He directs the Marshall Islands Story Project.