A Day in Hiroshima

By Greg Pape, Spalding MFA Poetry Faculty

Outside the New Miyako Hotel cicadas’ voices ricochet off the doors of waiting taxis.  It is going to be another really hot day.  We cross the street to Kyoto Station, following our guides Yuko and Kuniko to the boarding platforms where we will wait for the bullet train to Hiroshima.  We have been warned:  when the train arrives the doors will open and remain open for two minutes, then they close and the train is off with or without you.

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Making it New

By Dianne Aprile, Spalding School of Writing Creative Nonfiction Faculty

“Don’t write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn’t be changed.”

Richard Hugo

The poet Richard Hugo published those lines many years ago to underscore the necessity of flexibility and revision in the writing process. Presumably heeding his own advice, Hugo used a pencil to jot down his first-draft thoughts on the subject. But if ever there was good reason to trade lead for ink, this final version is it. Hugo’s words deserve the permanence of a waterproof, indelible ultra-bold Sharpie.

Why? Well, because his message is so important, there should be no risk of it being rubbed out or overlooked.

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Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries wins the inaugural $7,500 Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature

By Kathleen Driskell, Chair of the School of Creative and Professional Writing at Spalding University

Terese Marie Mailhot

Though writing can be used as a therapeutic, as a literary artist I’ve always felt leery of talking about creative writing that way because it feels far out of my realm of expertise. What I do believe, though, is that the best writing is transformative for both the writer and reader.

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Spalding University Launches the First School of Creative and Professional Writing in the Commonwealth

By Kathleen Driskell, Chair, School of Creative and Professional Writing

Spalding’s Mansion courtyard, near the School of Creative and Professional Writing offices

For nearly twenty years, our nationally distinguished MFA program at Spalding University, with a teaching philosophy that supports writers instead of tearing them down, has been busy knitting together a literary community that reaches across America and beyond. Read the inspiring work of our students, graduates, and faculty and witness their advocacy for the literary arts, and you’ll have no doubt that writers can change the world for the better. (You’ll see a few of their faces pictured in this post.) I’ve worked all my professional life to bring writing opportunities to others because I’m a believer. Countless times, I’ve seen the way one writer connecting with another writer has helped a community blossom, using the literary arts to promote peace, justice, and empathy. 

Silas House, Spalding MFA fiction alum and faculty member, winner of the 2019 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for Southernmost and Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary Hillbilly
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Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character

By Beth Ann Bauman, Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children and Young Adults

One of my favorite TV shows is the HBO crime drama “The Night Of.”  It’s tough and gritty and co-written by the inimitable Richard Price.  I’m going to detour here and mention how at a New Yorker festival years back, I first met Price when he and another author gave talks about their writing. The first was affected and kept tinkling the ice in his glass in a soft, actorly way.  He was sort of full of it.  Price, on the other hand, bounded onto the stage when it was his turn, looking like he was wearing a pajama top.  He looked at us and said, “Hey, did you know there’s a really good bar across the street?”  Well, he had our attention.

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By Katy Yocom, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Associate Program Director

First she participated in the MFA program’s musical theatre workshop. Then she wrote about it for MusicalWriters.com.

Guest Faculty Michael Roberts and Dramatic Writing Faculty Charlie Schulman

In this week’s blog post, we’re proud to highlight Donna Gay Anderson’s (PW ’18) fun and informative article. Take a look and find out why this Spring 2018 workshop was in such high demand … and how creative team Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts work together like Fred and Ginger!

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By Donna Gay Anderson


Fun times at the Musical Theater Workshop – shown here are Charlie Schulman, Jennine “Doc” Krueger, Holly Baldwin, Donna Gay Anderson and Julia B. Rosenblatt.

Steal Away!

By Lesléa Newman, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry Faculty
Allen Ginsberg introducing Lesléa Newman at a poetry reading at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Peter Orlovsky, and Pat Donegan (1980)

“Good writers borrow. Great writers steal.”

I can’t remember who I stole that quote from. Which doesn’t make me a great writer necessarily. I am, however, a pretty good thief.

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My Role Model Is a Roll of Toilet Paper: Writing with Passion and the Limits of Machines

By Nancy McCabe, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction Faculty

Fall 2014 photo (1)

When my daughter was in sixth grade, she was assigned an essay proposing a new holiday honoring an under-recognized historical figure. She thought and thought about this, considering favorite writers, political figures, ordinary people. Continue reading “My Role Model Is a Roll of Toilet Paper: Writing with Passion and the Limits of Machines”