Welcome to the Creative Writing Blog for Seattle University!

Hi, Everybody! I'm Sharon Cumberland, the Director of Seattle U's Creative Writing Program. I'm starting this blog so that our English majors--both CW and Lit--will know what's going on in the program--our readings, our trips to the opera, our free "Writer's Chronicles"--as well as getting information about our successful grads and their publications. This will be the place for faculty, students, alums and friends of the program to talk to each other, find out what's up,and talk about craft. Come join us!

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!

Two great events are happening this week and next week:

E2 READING (Emerging and Established Writers):
February 16th at 7"00PM at Elliott Bay Bookstore

Jonathan Evison--young, cool, local novelist of West of Here ("here" being Port Angeles, called Port Bonia in the the novel). Check out his website and come to the reading if you want to talk to a guy who a few years ago was where your are doing what you're doing: http://www.westofherethebook.com/

Weekly CW Walk-in Workshops with our own faculty, Michael Schilling and Sharon Cumberland, for starters--but there are many talented writers on our faculty and you'll have a chance to meet them here. The first session is on FEBRUARY 25th at 4:00PM in the English Office--we'll move to bigger digs as the word spreads.

Who, you may ask, is Michael Schilling? He teaches ENGL 110 and writes successful novels in his spare time--Rock Bottom, about the collapse of a Seattle rock band, that's climbing the charts. In addition to critiquing your work in an intelligent way, he can tell you how a first book gets published and what goes into the practical quest of finding an audience.

As for me, Sharon Cumberland, I've been publishing poetry for ages and ages, my chapbooks are in the SU bookstore, and my full length collection, Peculiar Honors, is coming out in October from Black Heron Press. So I can critique poetry very intelligently and give you the inside scoop on contests, submissions, and getting your poems and poetry books published.


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