Creative Writing Workshop June 25-29 at SHU

'Writing with the Pros' Offers Four Different Areas of Expertise

The Department of English at Siena Heights University is offering the “Writing with the Pros” creative writing workshop June 25-29 on the Adrian campus.


For four days, those attending will participate in a two-hour session in one of four areas: short fiction, poetry, memoir or play/screenwriting. On the fifth day, people will have the opportunity to share something they have written. There will be optional evening events, such as open-mike opportunities to share light verse, religious poetry or live music.


Leading the workshop are four creative writing veterans who each have a particular expertise. Award-winning author Philip F. Deaver, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, will lead the short story group “Short Fiction: Writing the Short Story.” SHU Professor of English and noted playwright Simone Yehuda will lead the play/screenwriting group “The Word and the Image: Playwriting and Screenwriting as Storytelling.” Leading the poetry group will be SHU Associate Professor of English Saleem Peeradina, whose weeklong focus will be “The Poem as a Window.” SHU Professor of English Nancy Seligmann will lead the memoir session “Writing Your Life Stories.”


Cost is $150 per session, with a $25 discount for those who register before June 1. Seniors are eligible for a 30 percent discount. Meals are available in the university cafeteria at reasonable prices.


For more information on the workshop, please call Sister Pat Schnapp at 517-264-7677 or email her at More details can also be found by visiting the web site at


Meet the Pros…

Philip F. Deaver is permanent writer in residence and director of the writing program at Rollins College. He has a BA in English from St. Joseph’s in Rensselaer, IN, an MA in education from Ball State, and an Ed.D. from the University of Virginia. He publishes widely, and his work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. Deaver’s short story collection, Silent Retreats (1988), won for him the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His stories have also been included in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and in Best American Short Stories. Last year, two of his works were included in Best American Catholic Short Stories, edited by Dan McVeigh and Patricia Schnapp, faculty at Siena Heights. Deaver is also a poet. His How Men Pray was published in 2007. Deaver’s most recent book is an edited volume of creative nonfiction essays titled Scoring From Second: Writers on Baseball, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2007.


Simone Yehuda has had several plays produced, including Willing, which premiered at Detroit’s Attic Theatre in 1983 and was later staged Off Broadway. In addition to adapting Willing into a screenplay with Hollywood screenwriter/producer Michael Goldberg (Cool Runnings), other screenplays she is working on include The Deal with Clair Brooke, The Sign of a Free Man, and Rasa. She is Professor of English at Siena Heights University, Poetry Editor of Bridges Journal (Indiana University Press), and recently completed two Play/Screenwriting Residencies at the Ragsdale Foundation near Chicago and the Djerassi Artists’ Residency in California.


Saleem Peeradina is the author of three books of poetry—First Offense (Newground, 1980), Group Portrait (Oxford U Press, 1992) and Meditations on Desire (Ridgeway Press, 2003). His most recent publication, The Ocean in My Yard, a memoir, is published by Penguin Books. He is represented in major anthologies of Asian American and World Literature, including Living in America (Westview Press, 1995), Contours of the Heart (Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1996), Uncommon Wealth (OUP, 1997), Vespers: Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary American Poetry (Iowa U Press, 2003), and Contemporary Voices of the Eastern World (Norton, 2008). He has read his poetry all over the world and conducted numerous workshops.


Nancy Seligmann is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Siena Heights University. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University and earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has published short stories and poems in publications including Blue Ox Review, Proem, and Contas, and she edited a book about Imperial Japan’s World War II. Homesteading in the City (Follett), her first book, is a collection of essays and practical advice for young people. Her most recent book, My Dear Helen (Linus), is a memoir that traces, through letters and narrative, the lives of two cousins as they witness the changes in the world during the Twentieth Century.

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