Thursday, February 05, 2009


Connecticut Review, the acclaimed literary journal, is hosting a free writing workshop for high school, college and graduate students Sat., March 14, 2009 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Submit up to 10 pages of your work for discussion.

Sign up by Feb. 25.

CONTACT: Prof. Mary Collins, or 860-832-2770. Put CT Review Workshop in the email subject line.

  • Connecticut Review

  • Presenters:


    Mary Collins, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Central Connecticut State University, has taught writing for 25 years, including 12 years at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins University, where she won a teaching award. She has written books and articles for National Geographic and the Smithsonian and other publications and organizations. Her latest book, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, which will be published in Fall 2009. She is currently an Editor for the CT Review and director of the “Connecticut Voices” conference.

    Guest Author: Cindy Brown Austin is an ward-winning journalist and author of several books, including two novels, Jordon and By the Rivers of Babylon (Simon & Schuster). Austin regularly wrote cover stories for Northeast, the Hartford Courant’s Sunday magazine, and was a key writer for the newspaper’s award-winning series on racism, “Colorlines.” She has received fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and awards for distinction in journalism from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.


    Meredith Clermont-Ferrand is an Associate Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, host of “Writers in the Attic,” an arts and literature radio program on WECS-FM 90.1 and iTunes, and Senior Editor of the CT Review. An accomplished author, Dr. Clermont-Ferrand’s first novel, The Prime Minister’s Wife, won second place in the Elixir Press’s 2004 fiction contest. She continues to publish both fiction and nonfiction regularly in a variety of markets, including The Paterson Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Guest Author: Chris Torockio, author of the short story collection Presence and the novel Floating Holidays, has also published widely in top literary journals, including the Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, and Iowa Review.


    Southern Connecticut State University Professor Vivian Shipley’s sixth book of poems, Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems (Southeastern Louisiana University Press), was given the 2008 Faculty Scholar Award from SCSU. Gleanings also won the Paterson Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2005, Dr. Shipley won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community from the Library of Congress Connecticut Center for the Book. When There is No Shore, also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, won the 2003 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry from the Connecticut Center for the Book and the 2002 Word Press Poetry Prize. Her latest book of poems, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased, is forthcoming in 2009 from Southeastern Louisiana University Press. She is currently an Editor for the CT Review.

    Guest Author: Tony Fusco, former Editor of the Connecticut River Review and president-elect of the Connecticut Poetry Society, has received numerous awards for his work, including the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and a nomination for the Pushcart Award. Tony also produces West Shore Poets, a television poetry series at CTV.


    Elizabeth Cohen is an Assistant Professor of journalism at Western Connecticut State University. Her memoir, The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting (Random House), was chosen as “a notable book of the year” by The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. She is currently completing a book about happiness.

    Guest Author: Randy Ross is a journalist and magazine editor with more than 20 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and Web sites. For 15 years he was editor and writer at PC World Magazine, the last seven as executive editor. He is currently writing a travel memoir.

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