Creative Writing

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Nov 3, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Arcadia Creative Writing Program to Work with Mighty Writers

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Arcadia’s undergraduate creative writing students will work with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers program for a day on campus event. The event begins with a meet-and-greet at noon in the Castle Dining Room, with open mic readings set for 2-4 p.m. in the Stein Fireplace Lounge....

Marcella Haddad Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Scotland's Novel Inspirations

“Is no one else freaking out about this pun?” My question was met with silence. We were walking to The Settle Inn, a pub in Stirling, Scotland. I couldn’t stop thinking about the name. “The Settle Inn!” I said again. “It’s so clever! Does no one else think this is amazing? Guys...

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Oct 19, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Ponder the Poet at Oct. 20 Symposium

Many have commented on the value of poetry, from poets themselves (“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley) to politicians (“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics...the world would be a little better place in which to live,”...

Jul 8, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Feldman Discusses Debut Novel with

On, Stephanie Feldman, adjunct professor in the MFA of Creative Writing program, discusses the line between realism and fantasy and the use of fairy tale elements to explore trauma and memory in her debut novel, The Angel of Losses. Feldman’s novel is a Barnes & Noble Discover...

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Jul 2, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Inquirer: Author Bryant ’99M Receives Sibert Medal

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that author Jen Bryant ’99M won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for her most recent picture book, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. The Right Word recounts the life of Peter Mark Roget, the British physician who created Roget’s Thesaurus. Given at the...

Jun 22, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Award-winning Author Beth Kephart to Lead Creative Writing Weekend, Give Reading

Visiting Writer Beth Kephart will lead writing workshops June 27-28 as part of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program's Summer Creative Writing Institute. In addition to teaching a private master class, Kephart will read passages from her books Small Damages, Going Over, One Thing Stolen, and This...

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Feb 22, 2015 jretter Retter

Video: Reading and Q&A With Poet Jericho Brown

On Feb. 11, poet Jericho Brown read selections from his award-winning debut collection, Please, and his latest release, The New Testament, to a standing-room-only crowd in the Castle Rose Room. After the readings, Brown took part in a Q&A session with Dr. Kalenda Eaton and...

Jan 14, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Arcadia Gets Geeky with Author Eric Smith ’08M, Jan. 22

By JASMINE L. HENDERSON ’15 The MFA Creative Writing program’s “Writers Return to Campus Series” presents author, blogger, and self-proclaimed geek Eric Smith ’08M on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commons Stein Fireplace Lounge. Cofounder of the blog Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek...

Marcella Haddad Oct 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Reality Check

Everyone has a point in their lives where they realize that they have to grow up and stop believing in fairies and magic. For me, that point just happened to be halfway through my first semester of college. It had been building up for weeks. We’d been reading nothing but realistic fiction in...

Oct 29, 2014 Purnell Cropper

Marcella Haddad ’18: ‘Feed Your Reader: A Workshop with Author Nathaniel Popkin’

With the first six pages of her novel in hand, Marcella Haddad ’18 stepped into author Nathaniel Popkin’s writing workshop unsure of what to expect. Afterward, Haddad left with constructive criticism from her peers, writing tips from Popkin, and the affirmation that she is a “rising star.” Read her...

Marcella Haddad Oct 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Feed Your Reader: A Workshop with Nathaniel Popkin

I was supposed to tell a story in six pages. Some people only did one page, others went over, but I was right on the dot. I submitted six pages from the beginning of one of my novels. I sent it in, printed out the submissions from the nine other workshop participants, and nervously waited for...

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Jan 7, 2014 Purnell Cropper

Isard Features on ‘Book Fight’ Podcast

Joshua Isard, assistant professor of English and director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, is the first guest of 2014 for “Book Fight,” an episodic podcast in which writers critique books while also discussing craft, publishing and contemporary literature. Hosts Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram...