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 2019

Writers at Work: Caitlin Horrocks 
Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 4:30p.m.
Knott Hall B01

Caitlin HorrocksCaitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations (Little, Brown, June 2019) and the story collection This Is Not Your City (Sarabande, 2011), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic,Tin House, One Story and other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is an editor-at-large for the Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Writers at Work: Faculty Reading and Q&A
Melissa Girard & Allen Brizee
Tuesday, April 23 at 6PM
4th Floor Programming Room

Melissa GerardMelissa Girard is an Associate Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. She teaches courses in American literature, modern poetry, and gender and sexuality studies. Her research focuses on the history of twentieth-century American women's poetry. Recent publications include "J. Saunders Redding and the 'Surrender' of African American Women's Poetry" (PMLA, 2017) and "Forgiving the Sonnet: Modernist Women's Love Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality" (Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry, 2016).

Allen BrizeeAllen Brizee is an Associate Professor of Writing at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches technical and professional writing, as well as rhetoric and first-year writing. Dr. Brizee’s research focuses on social justice projects he runs with students, faculty members, and members of the Baltimore community. His most recent project joined service-learning students with GEDCO/CARES on York Road to run literacy and employment workshops at the Loyola Clinical Centers in Belvedere Square.
Allen received his PhD from Purdue University in rhetoric and composition, and he has been published in numerous journals in writing studies. In 2016, he published the co-authored the book Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (Rowman and Littlefield). In 2018, he co-authored Read, Reason, Write: An Argument Text and Reader, 12th ed. (McGraw-Hill Education). Allen lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife, Stephanie, and their two (crazy) West Highland Terriers, Jackson and Josephine.

Fall 2018

Writers at Work: Mavis Biss and Luke Southworth
Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 6p.m.
McManus Theater

Mavis BissMavis Biss is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. She specializes in moral philosophy, with particular focus on Kantian ethics and conceptions of moral imagination. Her recent publications include "Kantian Moral Striving" (Kantian Review, 2015, winner of the Wilfrid Sellars Prize), and "Avoiding Vice and Pursing Virtue: Kant on Perfect Duties and 'Prudential Latitude'" (Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2017). Her current work deals with the complexities of rational agency in the face of contested moral meaning and the social conditions of trust and trustworthiness.

Lucas SouthworthLucas Southworth is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches Effective Writing, fiction, screenwriting, and film. His first collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, won AWP’s Grace Paley Prize (University of Massachusetts Press). Other stories are forthcoming or have recently appeared in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, Meridian, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Conjunctions, Willow Springs, and others.


Writers at Work: Caity Weaver
Monday, Oct. 29th at 4:30p.m.
Knott Hall B03

Caity Weaver

Caity Weaver is a Style writer for The New York Times, and a contributor to The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Previously, she worked as a writer and editor at GQ and Gawker.