COMMUNITY WRITING CLASS OFFERED AT LMU
February 21, 2011 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Last fall, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Writer-In-Residence Darnell Arnoult provided 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 short fiction. Students who follow the course work can expect to complete a draft of a short story by the end of the six weeks.
“Last semester’s workshop was all about identifying, cultivating and seeing one’s material in a fresh light while exploring ways to use it for poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction,” said Arnoult. “This semester, we’ll learn about the required elements of a short story, such as character development and setting and how to use dialogue and plot. This course will be useful for anyone working on a novel as well.”
The community writing class will meet on each Tuesday for six weeks, beginning April 5, 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, contact Arnoult at 423-869-7074 or email@example.com. Registration for the short fiction course begins Monday, March 14 at 8 a.m.
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 its sixth year this June 24-26, 2010.
“Like Silas House before me, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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