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MTSU Write  A from-home, non-degree, one-on-one mentor-ship program in writing. Poetry, memoir, fiction and more. Formerly the Writers Loft.

Meet the Mentors: Highlighting one of our mentors once a week!
Our mentorship program is the heart of MTSU Write. Helping you grow your skills as a writer through mentorship is what we’re about. One of our fiction mentors is J. Terry Price from Springfield, TN. Here’s a bit about his work:
Terry Price does not believe in standing still. An accomplished photographer, long distance cyclist, traveler, Appalachian Trail hiker, and sailor – he keeps things moving. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University, an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, and a J.D. from the Nashville School of Law. He’s earned his living as an optician, a radio and television sports anchor and play-by-play announcer, and an attorney.
During his 24 years of practicing law, he completed The Writer’s Loft creative writing program at Middle Tennessee State University and earned an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville. He serves as Director Emeritus and a mentor of The Writer’s Loft program.
Terry has published several short stories, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is currently revising a short story collection for publication and is writing his first novel. Set in Nashville, its working title is An Angel’s Share. You can follow its progress at
Terry personally mentors writers one on one, leads workshops and retreats and is available for speaking engagements on writing and spirituality. You can visit his website at
He lives on a small farm in Springfield, Tennessee with his family and two dogs, two goats, a small herd of Longhorns and lots of squirrels.

Excalibur Press just nominated MTSU Write Alumnus Amber Colleen Hartfor the GLCA New Writers Award! Congratulations, Amber!

Amber Colleen Hart is an award-winning fiction writer and graduate of MTSU Write, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)’s creative writing program. Amber’s short stories have been published in Neon, Cheat River Review, Storgy, Gravel: A Literary Journal, The Danforth Review, Lumina Journal, Ponder Review, and Darkhouse Books Descansos Anthology, Words from the Wayside. Her short stories were finalists in the Leslie Garrett Fiction Award and Lumina Fiction Award (judged by Roxane Gay.) Amber’s short story “Teddy’s Dead” earned her a Write Well Award in 2015.

Amber was born and raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She earned her BS in Social Work and spent years working in some of the toughest inner cities in Michigan. Some of her experiences as a social worker became the nuggets from which she develops both character and plot—these nuggets are sorted, filtered, polished, augmented and shaped into unforgettable stories. She has since left social work to pursue a career in writing. She was invited to be a speaker at Middle Tennessee State University’s 2016 Writing Conference, where she engaged in lecture/discussion at a session on “Finding Your Literary Voice.” In the future, Amber hopes to continue publishing short stories, write a novel, and engage in more public speaking about writing in general and her collection in particular.

Amber’s debut collection of short stories, No Landscape Lasts Forever, was published August 2016, earned a silver medal in the 2017 Independent Book Publisher’s Awards, and has been reviewed by Cheat River Review and Lumina. Cheat River Review said of her work, “Be warned: This collection leaves the reader in that same lonely circle of wanting and not having more, more, more.” •
Find her books:

Super proud of MTSU Write mentor Kory Wells (@tnpoet) for becoming Murfreesboro's very first Poet Laureate! There were several Poetry in the Boro supporters at City Hall last Thursday to cheer her on. Congratulations also to our Painter Laureate, Ginny Togrye, and our Photography Laureate, Jessica Nelson! Can't wait to see what our Laureates do this coming year!

FYI: Applications for the Fall Trimester begin August 25 and end September 22 - sooner than you think! If you are interested in growing your skills as a writer with our program, find out more at our website:

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for this year's conference will be Fred Arroyo! We can't wait! Keep an eye out for further details on how you can be a part of our conference in September. Here is a bit about his work:

Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and The Region of Lost Names, a finalist for the 2008 Premio Aztlán Prize. A recipient of an Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, Fred’s fiction is included in the Library of Congress series “Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers.” He’s currently completing a book of nonfiction stories, Sown in the Earth: Stories in Memory, and is at work on a new book of fiction. Fred has published widely in a variety of literary journals, and is included in the anthologies Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World. In the Spring of 2107 Western Humanities Review published a portfolio of brief ekphrastic prose Fred edited in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Fred is a visiting professor of creative writing (fiction) at Middle Tennessee State University.

Meet Jamal Jazz Ukw (@jamal_haki), featured poet for Poetry in the Boro’s Open Mic tonight, July 18th. Jamal says, “My journey in life is to simply overwrite the prevalent presence for destruction in the world that’s trying so hard to coincide with the beauty of the world. With that being my crusade, I focus on channeling my energy through Art! The ability to write and to perform something impactful can and has opened up the mind to the limitless bounds of what humans are capable of. Only by reaching out to more people, the strength to overwrite destruction is no longer a one man job but a team effort...”
Check out his most recent book at @_herlullaby and don’t miss Jamal’s live reading tonight at 7:00pm at Austin Audio Visual Design! Signups for open-mic begin at 6:30pm.

MTSU Write is proud to sponsor Poetry in the Boro (@tnpoet), a monthly open mic event here in Murfreesboro. Haven’t gone yet? You should! One of their goals is to “build an outlet for a better connection between poets and writers and other artists, both for the sake of connection and for possible future collaborative projects.” Plus, it’s fun!
Don’t miss July’s open mic TONIGHT at 7:00pm at Austin Audio Visual Design in Murfreesboro, featuring readings from poets Christina Stoddard and Jamal Ukwu. Signups for the open mic begin at 6:30pm!

Introducing Christina Stoddard, featured poet for July's Poetry in the Boro event! Christina is the author of HIVE, which won the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 Washington State Book Award. Originally from Washington, Christina has lived in Nashville for over a decade. By day she is the managing editor of an economics journal and by night she watches a lot of Netflix. Christina’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, storySouth, Tupelo Quarterly, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Check out her work at, and don't miss her live reading tomorrow night at 7:00pm at @austinavd! @tnpoet

Meet the Mentors: Highlighting one of our mentors once a week!
Our mentorship program is the heart of MTSU Write. Helping you grow your skills as a writer through mentorship is what we’re about. One of our poetry mentors is Jeff Hardin​ from Columbia, TN. Here’s a bit about his work:
Jeff Hardin teaches at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN. His recent and forthcoming poems appear in The Hudson Review​, The Southern Review​, Ploughshares​, The Gettysburg Review​, Grist, Measure, Smartish Pace​, Iron Horse Literary Review​, Sou’wester​, Zone 3, Meridian, The Florida Review​, and Southern Poetry Review​, among others. He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House). His first collection, Fall Sanctuary, received the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press.
Jeff’s website:

SAVE THE DATE! The 2017 MTSU Write Fall Creative Writing Conference will be Saturday, September 30 on the MTSU campus. Details coming soon!!

Heads-up: MTSU Write Mentor Kory Wells (@tnpoet) will be inducted as Murfreesboro’s first ever Poet Laureate this Thursday, July 13th at 7:00pm near the beginning of the City Council meeting in the council chambers at the Murfreesboro City Hall! Come out to support Kory and our other new arts laureates as we celebrate this amazing program!

Meet the Mentors: Highlighting one of our mentors once a week!
Our mentorship program is the heart of MTSU Write. Helping you grow your skills as a writer through mentorship is what we’re about. One of our fiction mentors is Linda Busby Parker out of Mobile, Alabama. Here’s a bit about her work:
Linda has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University (@easternmichigan), Iowa State University (@iowastateu), and the University of South Alabama. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama (@universityofsouthalabama), an M.A. from the University of Michigan (@universityofmichigann), an MFA in Writing from Spalding University (@spaldinguniversity), and finally a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of two college-level textbooks. Her novel, Seven Laurels, was published in April 2004 by SEMO press (Southeast Missouri University Press).
Seven Laurels (under the title The Sum of Augusts) won the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Linda has served as a student editor of The Louisville Review and was the publisher and editor of Mobile Bay Monthly.
She is a book reviewer for The Mobile Press Register and her short fiction appears frequently in publications and journals. She has studied at the Sewanee Writers Conference at The University of the South (@sewanee_universityofthesouth) in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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