Monday, January 25, 2016

Maria Gillan at Writers on Writing

Maria at Carlow University
Maria Gillan participated in The Madwomen in the Attic "Writers on Writing" workshops at Carlow University, in Pittsburgh PA on Dcember 8, 2015

Sponsored by Carlow University’s English Department, Creative Writing Program, and Women and Gender Studies Program, The Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops are semester-long creative writing workshops that are open to undergraduates and community writers. Taught by working writers, these small, supportive, and inter-generational workshops allow participants to develop and strengthen their creative voices in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Over the years, visiting writers such as Tess Gallagher, Maggie Anderson, Marita Golden, Naomi Shihab Nye, Judith Vollmer, Maxine Kumin, and Jean Valentine.

Toi Derricotte, Doralee Brooks, Michael Brooks, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jan Beatty

Poet and Carlow professor Jan Beatty directs the workshops, which are taught by working writers which include Beatty, Sarah Williams-Devereux, Joy Katz, Nancy Kirkwood, Nancy Krygowski, Ellen McGrath Smith, Evelyn Pierce, and Anne Rashid.

The Madwomen range in age from early 20s to mid-90s; they range from beginning writers to writers with a number of books to their credit; they are undergraduates, women who have taken care of husbands and families their entire lives and are now “getting to their writing,” women who have never taken a writing class and women who have MFAs in writing from major universities; women who have careers as lawyers, healers, child care workers, visual artists, teachers, therapists. Thought the writers are far-ranging in their interests, backgrounds, philosophies, and aesthetics, they always have at least one thing in common—a love of writing.

Maria's Official Site is at  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

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