Writing with the Pros June 24-28

SHU English Department Offers Four-Day Creative Writing Workshop

The English Department at Siena Heights University is offering the “Writing with the Pros” creative writing workshop June 24-28 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 Sunday, the fifth day, participants will have the opportunity to share something they have written. The workshop will conclude with a noontime meal. Optional evening events, such as open-mike opportunities to share light verse or religious poetry, live music, etc. will also be provided.


Leading the workshop are three 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 Hard Story.” He is the director of the writing program at Rollins College.
  • 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, “The Poem as a Window,” will be SHU Associate Professor of English Saleem Peeradina.

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 Lydia Marks-Wilt at 517-264-7107 or email her at lmarks@sienaheights.edu


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.


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