Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Guest Speakers

To help students learn about the wide variety of writing opportunities, the department hosts local, national, and international writers and scholars. These speakers meet with students in small groups, often over lunch, and then present their work and discuss their writing careers. The Modern Masters Reading Series invites leading and emerging fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative non-fiction. To find out more about this series, please visit the The Modern Masters web page.

The department also invites individual speakers to discuss topics like professional development, working in the writing industry, getting into graduate school, and even strategies for composing effective technical communication. Their work is showcased below.

Publishing and Editing Workshops in April

Sponsored by the Writing, Communication, English, and Fine Arts departments
Funded by the Center for the Humanities
Open to all students -- anybody interested in the burgeoning field of editing and publishing
For more information, call Ron Tanner 410-617-2434

Weds., April 8, 4:30-6:00
Writing Department Lounge
Jen Michalski, Editor, JMWW

An accomplished novelist and short story writer, Jen Michalski has run her Baltimore-based literary journal, JMWW, for over a decade. In that time she has not only grown the magazine’s reach, winning readers and awards on a national level, but also become adept at meeting challenges of digital publishing as JMMW went online to complement the hard-copy version.

Weds., April 15, 4:30-6:00
Writing Department Lounge 
Greg Nicholl, Project Development Editor, Wolters Kluwer Publishing

Greg Nicholl develops content for medical textbooks, primarily in the areas of anatomy, osteopathic medicine, and basic science. Once a book is under contract, he works with the authors to shape the content of the book based on market feedback and prepare the material for production. This includes copyediting, finalizing the art program, and any ancillary material we will post online. He also works on several digital-only projects such as a set of online videos and a digital dissector. Previously, he was an acquisitions editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is also a widely published poet. 

Mon., April 20, 4:30-6:00
Writing Department Lounge
Gregg Wilhelm, Director, City Lit Project, Publisher/Editor, City Lit Press

Gregg Wilhelm founded the City Lit Project over a decade ago to nurture the culture of literature in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. CityLit creates enthusiasm for literary arts, connects a community of avid readers and writers, and opens opportunities for young people and diverse audiences to embrace the literary arts.  City Lit’s activities have expanded to include an annual literary festival that presents authors, poets, workshops, open mic, and panels on the writing life and about issues of importance to the community. 

To further expand City Lit’s reach, Mr. Wilhelm created City Lit Press in 2010 to provide a venue for writers who might otherwise be overlooked by larger publishers due to the literary nature or regional focus of their projects.

Dr. Janice (Ginny) Redish
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Writing Department Professional Development Series
Spring 2013

Allen Brizee

Allen Brizee, Ph.D.

This associate professor of writing weaves together Loyola’s Jesuit values and service-learning to enhance his students’ experience