Creative Writing Program

Readings and Master Classes

All events are eligible for UGCW class credit. Browse a visual calendar of the UA fine arts and creative writing events schedule.

Creative Writing (Spring 2018)

Abbreviations: VWS (Visiting Writers Series) | MFA (MFA Reading Series) | PP (Pure Products) | ASAP (Alabama Student Association for Poetry) | STRD (Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies) | SG (Student Group) | ALT (Everything Anywhere Else)

Week 3

  • ASAP | Monday Jan 22: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • STRD | Monday, Jan. 22: Film Series (“Prospero’s Books”), Gorgas 205, 7:30 p.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday, Jan 23: ASAP Poetry Takeover Slam, Ferguson Center Theater,  7:30 p.m.
  • SG | Thursday, Jan. 25: Creative Campus Printmaking Workshop (must register), Maxwell House, 4 p.m.
  • ALT | Thursday, Jan. 25: Art Lecture, Dr. Gregory Clarke: “Max and Dave Fleischer’s Betty Boop: A 20s Flapper Marooned in the Depression-Era 30s”, Smith 205, 5 p.m.
  • SG | Thursday, Jan. 25: Creative Writing LLC “New Year’s Revisions” Harris Hall /745 Colonial Dr., 7 p.m.
  • MFA | Friday, Jan. 26: Nathan Blanchard & Michelle Myers, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Week 4

  • VWS | Monday, Jan. 29: Sarah Manguso Craft Talk (“The Art of Omission”), Morgan 301, 3 p.m.
  • VWS | Tuesday, Jan. 30: An Evening with Sarah Manguso, 7p.m.
  • Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center / 620 Greensboro Ave.
  • ASAP | Tuesday Jan 30: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • ALT | Thursday, Feb. 1: Kentuck Art Night, Downtown Northport, 5-8 p.m.
  • PP | Thursday, Feb. 1: Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

Week 5

  • SG | Monday, Feb. 5: Student Writers Guild Craft Night (Screenwriting), Morgan 301, 7 p.m.
  • SG | Thursday, Feb. 8: EMMA Open Mic, Morgan 301, 6:30 p.m.
  • SG | Thursday, Feb. 8: Creative Writing LLC “V-Day Irony & Poetry” Harris Hall /745 Colonial Dr., 7 p.m.
  • MFA | Friday, Feb. 9: Brett Shaw & Daniel Myers, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Week 6

  • VWS | Monday, Feb. 12: Kaveh Akbar Master Class (“Mining the Poetic Unconscious”), Morgan 301, 4:30 p.m.
  • VWS | Monday, Feb. 12: Kaveh Akbar and Safiya Sinclair Poetry Reading, Gorgas 205, 7 p.m.
  • VWS | Tuesday, Feb. 13: Safiya Sinclair Master Class, Morgan 301, 2 p.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday, Feb. 13: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • ALT | Wednesday, Feb. 14: Reginald Dwayne Betts Poetry Reading, Smith 205, 1 p.m.
  • VWS | Wednesday, Feb. 14: Reginald Dwayne Betts Master Class, Morgan 301, 3 p.m.
  • ALT | Wednesday, Feb. 14: Reginald Dwayne Betts and Kiese Laymon, ten Hoor 125, 7 p.m.
  • ASAP | Thursday, Feb. 15: Blackout Poetry Slam, Ferguson Center Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
  • STRD | Thursday, Feb. 15: Improbable Fictions (“Henry IV part 2”), Gorgas 205, 7:30 p.m.
    Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center / 620 Greensboro Ave.
  • ALT | Friday, Feb. 15: Milton’s Paradise Lost marathon reading, Morgan 301, 8 a.m – line 10565
  • ASAP | Saturday, Feb. 16: Blackout Slam Poets Q&A, Intercultural Diversity Center, 9 a.m.

Week 7

  • SG | Monday, Feb. 19: UGCW Open Mic (feat. EN 408), UPerk / 405 20th Ave., 6:30 p.m.
  • MFA | Friday, Feb. 23: Diamond Forde & Nabila Lovelace, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 4:30 p.m.
  • STRD | Friday, Feb. 23: Film Series (“Still Dreaming”), Bama Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Week 8

  • VWS | Tuesday, Feb. 27: Lili Loofbourow Master Class, Morgan 301, 11 a.m.
  • VWS | Tuesday, Feb. 27: Jenny Gropp Master Class, Morgan 301, 3:30 p.m.
  • ALT | Tuesday, Feb. 27: 2018 Day Lecture (Elijah Siegler): “Myth, Meaning and Morality in the Films of the Coen Brothers”, Smith 205, 7 p.m.
  • VWS | Monday, Feb. 27: Lili Loofbourow and Jenny Gropp XFA Reading, Morgan 301, 4:30 p.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday, Feb. 27: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • ALT | Thursday, March 1: Kentuck Art Night, Downtown Northport, 5-8 p.m.
  • PP | Thursday, March 1: Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.
  • MFA | Friday, March 2: Kyle Macy & Alex Bauer, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Week 9

  • SG | Monday, March 5: Student Writers Guild Craft Night (Get Published), Morgan 301, 7 p.m.
  • SG | Tuesday, March 6: Creative Writing LLC March Event, Harris Hall / 745 Colonial Dr., 7 p.m.

Week 10

  • SG | Monday, March 19: UGCW Open Mic (feat. EN 30X), UPerk / 405 20th Ave., 6:30 p.m.
  • STRD | Monday, March 19: Film Series (“Bedazzled”), Gorgas 205, 7:30 p.m.
  • VWS | Wednesday, March 21: Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, TBD, 7 p.m.
  • PP | Thursday, March 22: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

Week 11

  • ALT | Monday, March 26: Sonic Frontiers—Rova Sax Quartet, Moody Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • VWS | Monday, March 26: Jon Raskin of Rova Quartet (“Poetry+Jazz/Jazz+Poetry”), Morgan 301, 9:30 a.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday March 27: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • VWS | Thursday, March 29: Billy Field Master Class (“The Story Acorn”), Morgan 301, 3:30 p.m.
  • MFA | Friday, March 30: shelley feller & Reem Abu-Baker, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Week 12

  • VWS | Tuesday, April 3: Matt Bell Master Class (“Revising and Rewriting”), Morgan 301, 12:30 p.m.
  • VWS | Tuesday, April 3: An Evening with Matt Bell, 7 p.m.
  • Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center / 620 Greensboro Ave.
  • ALT | Thursday, April 5: Kentuck Art Night, Downtown Northport, 5-8 p.m.
  • PP | Thursday, April 5: Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

Week 13

  • STRD | Monday, April 9: Film Series (“The Merchant of Venice”), Bama Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday April 10: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • SG | Thursday, April 12: Creative Writing LLC April Event, Harris Hall / 745 Colonial Dr., 7 p.m.

Week 14

  • VWS | Thursday, April 19: Jahman Hill Master Class, Morgan 301, 11 a.m.
  • PP | Thursday, April 19: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.
  • STRD | Thursday, April 19: Improbable Fictions (Edward Bond’s “Bingo”), 7:30 p.m.
    Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center / 620 Greensboro Ave.

Week 15

  • SG | Monday, April 23: UGCW Open Mic (feat. EN 200), UPerk / 405 20th Ave., 6:30 p.m.
  • ASAP | Tuesday April 24: Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 6:30 sign-in / 7 p.m. start
  • SG | Wednesday, April 25: UG Lit Journal Launch Party-Contributor Reading, TBD, 4 p.m.
  • ASAP | Monday, April 30: Thousand Dollar Poetry Slam, Ferguson Theater, 7 p.m.

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