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 2018

Alissa NuttingAlissa Nutting: Reading
Writers at Work
Tuesday, April 17th, 6pm
Knott Hall B03

Alissa Nutting is a professor of creative writing at Grinnell College. She is the author of the award-winning collection of stories Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls and the novels Tampa (2013) and Made for Love (2017). Her work has appeared in the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Tin House; Fence; and Bomb, among other venues. She has been a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal. She is also a former editor of the Black Warrior Review.

Fall 2017

Lisa Zimmerelli and Paul Lukacs

Thursday October 12th,
McMancus Theater, 6pm

Lisa Zimmerelli

Lisa Zimmerelli is an Associate Professor in Writing and Writing Center Director. She has published essays on Nineteenth-century American rhetoric, feminist historiography, Writing Center tutor education, and Writing Center community engagement. Her co-authored Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, in its 6th edition, is the most cited tutor training text. Her awards include the Rhetoric Society Quarterly Charles Kneupper Award for best essay, the Loyola University Maryland Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship, and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Award for Best Dissertation.



Paul Lukacs

Paul Lukacs is chair of the English department at Loyola University Maryland.  He is the author of three books—Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures, The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages, and American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine. His books have been reviewed positively by many publications, including The New Yorker and The Washington Post. The New York Times, columnist Eric Asimov called Inventing Wine “fascinating,” and Yale professor Paul Freedman acclaimed it as “a premier grand cru of wine history.”  Inventing Wine was a finalist for both a James Beard and a Gourmand International award and American Vintage won the three major American wine “book of the year” awards—from the James Beard Foundation, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He has written about and reviewed wine for The Washington Times and Washingtonian magazine and edited for Saveur magazine. Lukacs is a leading authority on wine’s history and cultural place.


Eduardo C Corral: Craft Talk with Q&A

Eduardo C CorralWednesday Nov 1st
Time/Location: 5pm | Knott Hall B03

Eduardo C. Corral’s book of poetry, Slow Lightening (2012) won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino to win the prestigious award. Corral’s poetry has won the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has won a CantoMundo fellowship, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His poems are known for blending English and Spanish, while exploring the experiences of being a son of Mexican immigrants. He is currently an assistant professor at North Carolina State.