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