Darnell Arnoult


September 20, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — In fall and spring semesters, LMU Writer-In-Residence Darnell Arnoult provides free professional writing instruction to members of the Tri-State community. Arnoult will offer a similar six-session writing class again this spring. The focus of this semester’s class will be fiction. Students who follow the course work can expect to complete a draft of a short story or several scenes of a novel by the end of the six weeks.

“I love teaching the community writing classes,” said Arnoult. “This semester, we’ll work on fiction writing and those who have taken the course before will build on what they’ve already learned. Beginners will be comfortable in the class as well. The class is open to writers writing at all levels.”

The community writing class will meet for six Tuesday over seven weeks (no class for fall break), beginning September 25, from 7-9 p.m., at LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) room 105. The class is free to staff, faculty and community members (18 years or older) who are not currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at LMU. Writers of every level are invited to attend. There are 20 seats in the class available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information, to register, or be added to the email contact list for creative writing programs and events, email Arnoult at If you do not have access to email, you can reach Arnoult at 423-869-7074.

The community writing class adds to a host of literary programs already established at LMU, including the Appalachian Reading Series and the annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, scheduled for June 14-16, 2013.

“I see part of my mission as Writer-in-Residence to encourage continued interest in and contribution to that rich body of Appalachian literature, and also to validate the power of storytelling and preserving stories in any context,” said Arnoult.

Arnoult has two novels, two collections of poems and a series of short stories and essays currently in progress. Arnoult’s first book, What Travels With Us: Poems, was published by LSU Press in 2005. The collection received the 2005 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature in the category of fiction and poetry from the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College, was named 2006 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Book of the Year and was a finalist for Appalachian Poetry Book of the Year in 2005. Her critically-acclaimed novel Sufficient Grace was published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Shuster, in 2006. It was selected for the Book Sense annual reading group list and nominated for several regional awards. Additionally, Arnoult was honored as Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance in 2007 and was awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Prize in Arts and Letters from Chowan University in 2009.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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