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Writer's Loft Certificate Program - Summer 2014

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014  -  Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Writer's Loft is a trimester studio program based on one-on-one mentoring with no physical classes to attend. We focus on improving your writing skills and moving you toward the completion of a publishable manuscript. You may study with a different mentor each trimester, or continue with the same mentor throughout for two or three trimesters. At the completion of three semesters, you will be honored at the Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference and get to present your work to a large audience.

The Writer's Loft is as much a community of writers as it is a school for writing, and you are welcome to continue to enroll with us as long as you wish. Many of our graduates continue to enroll in The Writer's Loft, finding our mentoring format an ideal way to help shape, sharpen, and complete future writing projects.

Workshops and Conferences: Optional gatherings are offered throughout the term. These are FREE to students, as they are designed to supplement their experience. They are open to the public. The largest gathering is the Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference in the Fall. Graduating students are invited (but not required) to present five minutes of their work to the public at this time.

One-on-One Mentoring: This is the heart of The Writer's Loft. Each trimester you contract to produce three packets of writing that will further your overall writing goals. Each packet is submitted to your mentor on a pre-set schedule. It will be returned to you fully critiqued within two weeks. In addition to writing, you and your mentor will also set out a reading schedule consisting of three books per trimester. You are required to submit one reflection paper on each book assigned along with your writing packet. You and your mentor will determine the length of your writing packet and reflection paper.

Mid-Semester Telephone Conference with Your Mentor: While you and your mentor are free to work out any on-going communication schedule you wish, at least once during each trimester the two of you are expected to have a thirty-minute conference call to assess how things are going.

Graduation: Upon successful completion of three trimesters, you are invited to a special Writer's Loft graduation at the next Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference. Attendance at graduation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. Your presence will encourage other students, and they will benefit from talking with you and learning from your experience.

Post Graduation: Completing three semesters need not be the end of your involvement with The Writer's Loft. Graduates are welcome to enroll in the program to continue working with our faculty on future projects, and to participate in future workshops and community events.

Tuition: Fall and spring trimesters cost $1250. Tuition does not cover books, materials, travel, or room rentals. Tuition for the summer trimester is $1000. The summer trimester does not include workshops or conferences.

• Summer trimester begins May 1, 2014. There is NO summer orientation.
Payments being made by mail should be made out to MTSU and mailed to:
Eve Shockley
MTSU - University College
PO Box 54
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN  37132

Come join us and be a part of this thriving community of writers!
Tuition for the summer semester is $1,000.  Fall and spring semester tuition is $1,250.  A deposit of $200 (applied toward the tuition) is required at the time of enrollment with the balance due no later than the first day of the semester.