About the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts
Since its beginnings in 2005 with Mark Smith-Soto as its founding director, the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts has sponsored or co-sponsored readings, lectures, conferences, workshops, dramatic presentations, and musical performances. These events have brought nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists and contributed to both diversity and internationalization of the arts on campus and in the Greensboro community. Through interdisciplinary events and literary publications, the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts has created a vital writers' network, which includes support for literacy and writer education programs. Its mission to be a forum for multidisciplinary collaboration has made the Center an important partner in the development of new creative works and new artistic associations across campus and within the community.
The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts sponsors “Write-On Greensboro,” an important community outreach effort that recruits graduate student volunteers to offer creative writing workshops to different community groups. These groups have included: The Shepherd Center (Seniors, 60+), Reading Connections (adult literacy), Higher Ground (people affected with HIV/Aids), YMCA (youth groups) and the Center for Creative Aging (senior, 60+) among others. The Center publishes selected works in the annual, “Write on Greensboro” magazine.
Partnering with the MFA in Creative Writing in the Department of English, the Center has co-sponsored the NC Writers’ Network’s conference in conjunction with the Southeastern Literary Magazine and Independent Press Festival each spring. These events attracted writers from all over the state to workshops and lectures. This combination of conferences is one of the most important literary events to take place in North Carolina each year and highlights the strength of creative writing at UNCG.
The Center’s creative associates include representatives from programs such as: African-American Studies, Art Department, the MFA Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, the Honors Program, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Media Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, the University Libraries, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the School of Education and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The Center continues to build on the University's widely recognized tradition of strength in the field of creative writing, and the legacy of poets and novelists like Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, Robert Watson, North Carolina laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, screenwriters and media producers like Brenda Lilly and Emily Spivey, and the many nationally and internationally known authors who have been associated with UNCG.