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A New Addition to WKU: MFA in Creative Writing

I met with Dr. Bell during his office hours to talk about the recent development of the MFA program. I expressed to him my surprise and told him how fast it all seemed to happened. “Oh, but it did, it really did,” he said. Dr. Bell is the director of the Creative Writing program at WKU, but this development was in
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Here’s What You Missed: Richard Hoffman

On March 19th, the English Department had the wonderful opportunity of hosting author Richard Hoffman to read sections from his new memoir Love and Fury. In this book, Hoffman talks about what it was like growing up in a blue-collar family, dealing with racist and sexist values he unfortunately inherited. Before the reading, students were greeted by a table full of
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Sigma Tau Delta Down to the Border

On March 19-22, six members of Sigma Tau Delta attended the international convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What is Sigma Tau Delta, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It is an International English Honor Society that strives to recognize students for their high achievements in English literature and language and promotes culture on college campuses around the world. If
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Student Success: Joshua Johnston Represents WKU English for World Book Night Celebration

Every year on April 23–Shakespeare’s birthday–folks nationwide donate books to people in their communities for the World Book Night (WBN) celebration, and this year in Bowling Green, one of the WKU English department’s own undergraduate students took center stage for the event. Joshua Johnston, a brand new WKU English alumni joined Kristie Lowry, Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries, at the
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How to Become a Romance Writer: Step 6

This is the last of the series of “How to Become a Romance Writer.” Sad, I know. But through this journey of writing we have learned several things about romance writing on the way: Step 1-Stick to Your Goal Each English Major, Romance writer or not, needs to stick to their goal. That goal may not be becoming a romance
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Terry Bisson: On Writing, Reading, and Realism

On Wednesday, March 26th, Terry Bisson visited Western Kentucky University for the Creative Writing Reading Series. By 7 p.m. Cherry Hall 125 was packed full of students, professors, readers, writers, and friends of Terry Bisson to hear him read some of his award-winning science fiction. I have to admit, it was probably the best Reading Series event I’d been to,
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Deadline for Submissions to the 17th Annual Gender & Women’s Studies Writing Contest is Upon Us!

17th Annual Gender & Women’s Studies Creative Writing Contest Seeks fresh, reflective poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction exploring feminist themes/issues. Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 Any WKU student may submit one original, unpublished work up to 750 words. Entrant’s name must not appear on the manuscript, but should be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes The title
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How to Tell Your Parents You’re in Love With…

Romance. I recently had “the talk” with my mother… Yes, that’s right: I had to tell my own mother that I want to be a romance writer, sex scenes and all. “That won’t make you any money!” she said. “How will you provide for your family?” Funny, when I was growing up all anyone said was: “Follow your dreams,” and
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Speaking Out for Fantasy

I have the privilege of taking Dr. Bell’s Fantasy Writing course this spring. Although the semester just began, the class is proving to be a fantastic and important part of my education. I feel compelled by my past and my future aspirations as a writer to spend some time discussing the genre of fantasy, or rather what I’ve learned about it so
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A Must Read for Creative Writing Majors Looking to Apply for MFA Programs

Dr. Molly McCaffrey says, “Lee Martin has written possibly the most important piece you’ll ever read about when to apply to an MFA program in creative writing.” Dr. Martin, a Creative Writing Professor at The Ohio State University, was inspired to write “Applying for an MFA Program? Woa! Not So Fast” on his blog, The Least You Need to Know:
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