Monday, April 13, 2015

The UNO Creative Writing Workshop Hosts Rene Steinke and Sean Ennis

Two leading writers – a National Book Award finalist and a top short story writer - visit the University of New Orleans this week at the invitation of the highly acclaimed University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop.

Join Us!

The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop hosts National Book Award finalist Rene Steinke and short story writer Sean Ennis for a book reading, Q and A.

The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Liberal Arts Building Room 140.

Rene SteinkeRene Steinke

“To have writers as renowned as Rene Steinke and Sean Ennis on our campus is an absolute honor and treat,” said M.O. Walsh, director of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop.

“Our students, as well as members of the larger New Orleans community, will be able to hear the latest work from Steinke, who was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Ennis,  who is one of the hottest short story writers around right now.”

For the last two years, the University's Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing has received more applications than any other graduate program on campus, Walsh said. More than 90 percent of these students come from out of state. The success of the Creative Writing Workshop has been built with university support in the form of scholarship and assistantship opportunities for outstanding students and the program is growing at an unprecedented pace.

Sean EnnisSean Ennis

Graduates win national awards and publish books with great literary presses, said Walsh, an award-winning writer whose debut literary nonfiction novel My Sunshine Away debuted in February and swiftly became a New York Times bestseller.

“This type of event is a large part of why students in the Creative Writing Workshop continue to do so well, we believe.  They get to meet some of the best professional writers out there and ask them questions about their craft, about how they've achieved their success,” Walsh said. “I've been doing this a pretty long time myself, and I always leave this type of reading and Q&A feeling energized about art, and about life. We'd love to pack the house for this event, which is open and free to the public. Come check it out!”

Rene Steinke is the author of the novels The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a 2005 finalist for the National Book Award, and listed as one of the Best Books of the year by The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Her novel, Friendswood, was published last September. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, TriQuarterly, Bookforum, and in various anthologies. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Review, and now serves as Editor-at-Large. She teaches creative writing and literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she directs the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sean Ennis is a Philadelphia native, now living in Water Valley, Miss. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Mississippi and with the Gotham Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The Good Men Project, The Greensboro Review, The Mississippi Review, Hot Metal Bridge, LitNImage, Filter, and The Best New American Voices anthology. Chase Us is his first book.

Read More

A Review of Friendswood by René Steinke, The Literary Review
An Interview with Sean Ennis
University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop
Writing Workshops in Cork Ireland - Spend the Summer Abroad
UNO Creative Writing Workshop Director Creates National Buzz with New Book Due Out in January
Publishers Weekly Touts UNO Creative Writing Workshop in Inaugural Survey of Creating Writing Programs in the U.S.
UNO Creative Writing Workshop Hosts Reading by Three Poets
UNO Creative Writing Workshop Hosts Poets Ralph Angel and Andy Young
Writing Can Be Taught: M.F.A. Survey 2014, Publishers Weekly
M.F.A. Survey 2014: What's the Big Deal?, Publishers Weekly
M.F.A. Survey 2014: Agents and Editors Talk M.F.A. Programs, Publishers Weekly