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

Fall 2019

Rebecca Makkai: Craft Talk 
Writers at Work Series
Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 pm
Fourth Floor Programming Room
Free & open to the public

Rebbecca Makkai - Photo by Benjamin BuschRebecca Makkai is a novelist and author of The Great Believers, shortlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2018 National Book Awards and winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal.  She has previously published The Hundred-Year House (winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award), The Borrower, and a short-story collection called Music for Wartime. In addition to the Andrew Carnegie Medal, Makkai is the recipient of the 2017 Pushcart Prize for her short fiction. Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her short fiction has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Fantasy.  Her work has also been featured in publications such as Harper’s and Tin House, and on Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts and This American Life. 
 
Craft Talk: I’m Stuck
A remarkable number of novel drafts never make it past page 50; many short stories don’t make it past page 3. It’s not that your muse has abandoned you, and it’s not that your idea was a non-starter. You’re probably making some common mistakes that dry a story out too quickly, that leave a writer with nowhere to go. Or perhaps you’re simply daunted by the enormity of the distance between Point A and Point Z. Rebecca Makkai can share concrete techniques for getting out of the rut and back on track, as well as what to do next time so you don’t get stuck in the first place

 

Jean Lee Cole and Nguyen Khoi Nguyen: Reading & Q&A
Writers at Work Series
Tuesday, October 29, 6 pm
McManus Theater
Free & open to the public

Jean Lee ColeJean Lee Cole is a Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 (forthcoming, 2020) and The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (2002) and the editor or co-editor of several books, including Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays (2008) and Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner (2013). She was awarded Loyola's Nachbahr Award for scholarship in the humanities in 2017.

Nguyen Khoi NguyenNguyen Khoi Nguyen is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. He is the author of the multimedia graphic novel, The Gulf, which includes original drawings, music and animation. He is the vocalist, pianist, composer and bandleader of the jazz trio: Superior Cling. Nguyen is currently a digital media lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches video, graphics, multimedia storytelling, and motion graphics courses. He served as the senior video producer/editor at Science Magazine and was a high school teacher at Georgetown Day School, Washington D.C. He has been awarded three American Graphic Design Awards, was a Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.