Category Archives: MFA Creative Writing

MFA Lectores series begins Thursday June 15

There’s an exciting line up of writers this summer. Don’t miss it!

MFA Lectores series begins Thursday, June 18

27427Don’t miss the first Lectores in this summer’s MFA reading series this Thursday June 18th, 7:30 at the Vaughn Center, 9th floor.

Lydia Davis is a Man Booker-prize winning author of acclaimed short story collections, a novel, and several translations, including Varieties of Disturbance: Stories (May 2007), Samuel Johnson Is Indignant (2001), and Almost No Memory (1997).

Read more about her in interviews with NPR and the Believer Magazine.

The Lectores series will take place every evening at 7:30 p.m. until June 25th. There’s a great line-up this year – view the full calendar of events here.

Read up! The library holds The collected stories of Lydia Davis. It is shelved in the display case at the entrance to the library — ask for it at the Circulation Desk.

2015 Lectores Schedule: the MFA Program Public Reading Series begins this week

The 2015 Lectores Series will begin this Thursday at 7:30 on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center. Check the MFA site for more information about each speaker.

Jan. 8,  7:30 p.m. Reading with Edan Lepucki and Roxane Gay
Jan. 9, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Stefan Kiesbye and Mikhail Iossel
Jan. 10, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Rebecca Hazelton and Brock Clarke
Jan. 12, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Steve Almond and Stephen Burt
Jan. 13, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Don Morrill and Dave Housley
Jan. 14, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Steve Kistulentz and Richard Bausch
Jan. 15, 
7:30 p.m. Reading with Kyle Minor, Amina Gautier and Michael Garriga

Learn more about the Lectores current lineup here. The lectures are free and open to all.

National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Come celebrate the writing process at the Macdonald-Kelce Library, where we have a display all about The Novel. Anyone is able to check out the books in the display: books on how to write a novel, books on the history of the novel, inspirational texts for the beginning writer, and all things Novel!

The process begins on November 1, where participants in NaNoWriMo begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The goal is not to write the Great American Novel – it’s about challenging yourself to accomplish what most people think is beyond their capabilities. If you ever considered writing a work of fiction, why not begin now?

Learn more about NaNoWriMo on their website.

See what some of your favorite authors say about the writing process here.

Meet people around Tampa that are participating in this exciting opportunity!

Lectores Public Readings Series

The Lectores public readings series begins this Thursday, June 13. This summer brings the following authors —

June 13 7 p.m. Reading with Novelists Brock Clarke and Tibor Fischer

June 14 7 p.m. Reading with Corinna Vallianatos and John Capouya

June 15 7 p.m. Reading with Author, Filmmaker and Artist Miranda July

June 17 7 p.m. Reading with Josip Novakovich and Barbara Ras

June 18 7 p.m. Reading with Steve Kistulentz, Donald Morrill and Heather Sellers

June 19 7 p.m. Reading with National Book Award Winner Denis Johnson

June 20 7 p.m. Reading with Novelists Jessica Anthony, Stefan Kiesbye and Jeff Parker

You can learn more about the Lectores series here:

Lectores Series for January 2013

The University of Tampa Low Residence MFA in Creative Writing program kicks off its 2013 Lectores Public Reading Series this Thursday, January 3. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. To find the location visit the link for the Lectores Public Reading Series and click on the event. You’ll be taken to a page with more detail, including the location.

Unfortunately, Denis Johnson, scheduled to read Friday, January 4, cancelled due to a slipped disc. The silver lining here is that Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia, will be reading instead.

Jan. 3 Reading with poets Arielle Greenberg and Ben Lerner
Jan. 4 Opening Reading of the UT MFA in Creative Writing: Karen Russell and poet Erica Dawson
Jan. 5 Staged Reading of Denis Johnson’s play Psychos Never Dream
Jan. 6 Publishing Panel with Eli Horowitz and Deborah Treisman
Jan. 7 Reading with fiction writers Jessica Anthony and Jason Ockert
Jan. 8 Reading with fiction writer Mikhail Iossel and novelist, poet Enid Shomer
Jan. 9 Reading with novelists Tony D’Souza and Terese Svoboda
Jan. 10 Reading with novelists Tibor Fischer and Amy Hill Hearth

Tampa Review Online

The Tampa Review, a literary magazine published by the UT Press at the University of Tampa, has a new feature titled Tampa Review Online, or TRON. The online journal is run by students in the recently launched MFA program.

“TRON is an online literary magazine dedicated to the blending of contemporary literature and visual arts in traditional and innovative ways. We feature new art and writing from Florida and around the world. The journal is edited and run by the students of the University of Tampa’s MFA program in Creative Writing. We publish bi-monthly throughout the year. Our editorial staff considers online submissions of prose, poetry, and the visual arts.”

You can Facebook friend them here.

UT MFA Lectores Public Reading Series for Summer 2012

(Note: Why does UT call the public reading portion of the MFA Creative Writing program Lectores? Check out this post for some insight.)

The following is from the UT MFA Creative Writing Facebook page:

The Second Installment of the UTampa MFA Lectores series is set, June 14-June 21. Please check it out. All events start at 7pm and are free and open to the public

· Thursday, June 14 – Novelists Maile Chapman and Brock Clarke. Held in the Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center on the UT campus.

· Friday, June 15 – MFA Opening Reading with poet, memoirist, playwright and best-selling author Nick Flynn. Held in the Falk Theatre on the UT campus.

· Saturday, June 16 – “As Publishing Perishes” with Jill Bialosky, executive editor of W.W. Norton, and Keith Gessen, editor of n+1 and Vanity Fair. Reeves Theater.

· Sunday, June 17 – Jill Bialosky and fiction writer Mikhail Iossel. Held in the Falk Theatre on the UT campus.

· Monday, June 18 – British novelist Tibor Fischer and novelist, editor, translator and journalist Keith Gessen, Falk Theatre.

· Tuesday, June 19 – Poet and non-fiction writer Donald Morrill and fiction writer Josip Novakovich. Held on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center on the UT campus.

· Wednesday, June 20 – Novelists Arthur Flowers and Jeff Parker. Held in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on the UT campus.

· Thursday, June 21 – Poet Erica Dawson, novelist Porochista Khakpour and St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke. Held in the Creative Loafing Space, 1911 N. 13th Street, Ste. W200, Ybor City.

Further details on the series can be found at:

Fiction Friday: In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders

George Saunders is a four-time winner of the National Magazine Award, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (aka MacArthur Genius Grant) in 2007. Primarily a short-story writer, Saunders has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut for his masterful blending of tragedy and comedy.

George Saunders helped the University of Tampa launch its MFA-Creative Writing program in January 2012 by visiting campus and staying here for a week as a writer in residence. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Syracuse University.

Braindead megaphone : essays / George Saunders. 2007
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 B73 2007 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

Brief and frightening reign of Phil / George Saunders. 2005
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 B75 2005 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

In persuasion nation : stories / by George Saunders. 2007
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 I5 2007 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

Pastoralia : stories / by George Saunders. 2001
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 E53 2001 Status: Checked out

Very persistent gappers of Frip / George Saunders ; illustrated by Lane Smith. 2005
Library Location: MAIN Call Number: PS3569.A7897 V47 2005 Status: Shelved in the New Books Area

Lectores Event: Panel Discussion on Publishing in Peril

The Lectores series of lectures, readings, and panel discussions kicks off tonight with a discussion of Publishing in Peril. The discussion will take place just across the river from the University of Tampa at the Jaeb Theater in the Straz Center. It starts at 7:30 and is open to the public.

Find out more about tonight’s discussion here.

Jan. 6 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Panel Discussion on Publishing in Peril

Jan. 7 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Opening Reading with Michael Connelly and Amy Hill Hearth

Jan. 8 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Reading with Jeff Parker and Creative Loafing contest winner

Jan. 9 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Reading with Erica Dawson, Donald Morrill and Peter Meinke

Jan. 10 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Reading with George Saunders

Jan. 11 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Reading with Josip Novakovich, Enid Shomer and Terese Svoboda

Jan. 12 7:30 p.m. Lectores Event: Panel Discussion on Truth/truth