Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing

Loyola Writing Institute

spring creative writing courses under way

Check back soon for the summer session schedule. The Loyola Writing Institute has been offering writing courses to the New Orleans community since 1998. These eight-week evening non-credit classes are open to all (adults 21 and up), to aspiring writers and writers of all levels. Classes meet on the Loyola University campus. All classes, taught by experienced published writers, are small and supportive. Classes capped at twelve participants. Tuition: $250.* All classes in Bobet Hall Room 341.

Writing & Publishing: in Print & on the Internet
Instructor: Tom Andes • Sundays from 7–9 pm • begins March 23 
This class examines both ends of the writing process, beginning with generative exercises and ending with an investigation of the options available for writers to find an audience, especially by publishing online. The class will emphasize the discipline and the practice of writing, for writers at any level. Beginning writers will find useful starting points for exploring their own creative processes while more practiced writers will find something to deepen their experience of writing as they generate new work. The class will include a workshop component that emphasizes short fiction and pieces of fewer than 3000 words.

Writing the Personal Essay
Instructor: Anya Groner • Mondays from 7–9 pm • begins March 24 
We will read and discuss the writing of essayists such as David Sedaris, Eual Biss, Joan Didion, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and others, paying special attention to the literary elements that make good writing come alive. Short, generative writing exercises will give participants the opportunity to practice specific craft skills, leading up to a final project, a personal essay which we will workshop toward revision. We will also look at markets for creative nonfiction and at the process of submitting work for publication.

Writing Well-Crafted Fiction
Instructor: Stephen Rea • Tuesdays from 7–9 pm • begins March 25 
Whether your goal is to perfect your short stories or get your literary novel onto bookstore shelves, or you simply enjoy writing for yourself and want to master the basics, this course will improve your fiction writing.

Writing the Memoir
Instructor: Jessica Kinnison • Wednesdays from 7–9 pm • begins March 26 
This course combines short, spontaneous writing exercises and readings of travel logs, craft essays, and excerpts from memoirs to inspire and refine longer, memoir-based writing projects. Participants will improve their understanding of both the chronicler's main subjects—place, people, and things—and the creative nonfiction writer's chief concerns—sense of place, authenticity, narrative economy, and closure.

Writing the Short Story: CLOSED
Instructor: Michael Jeffrey Lee • Thursdays 7–9 pm • begins March 27 
This course will be a traditional workshop with an eye toward the current literary scene. Each week I'll lead a discussion on original student manuscripts and on the work of master short story writers. Participants will gain increased awareness of their own artistic vision while acquiring the skills to see this vision through—from first draft to polished, publishable story. Writers of all ages, styles, and levels of experience are welcome.

TO ENROLL: print and fill out an enrollment form (at the bottom of this page), and bring with payment (check made out to Walker Percy Center) to the first class, Bobet Hall, room 341 (late registration as space permits).

Questions: chambers@loyno.edu or 504-865-2475.

*10% discount for more than one course per semester and for Loyola faculty and staff.


Tom Andes was born and raised in New Hampshire, and has lived on both coasts, and in New Orleans. His work has appeared in print and online in numerous periodicals, including Housefire, The Rumpus, N/A, Cannibal, Harp & Altar, and in the Best American Mystery Stories series. He has taught writing privately, at San Francisco State University, and at the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars in Natchitoches, LA. thomasandes@gmail.com

Anya Groner received an MFA degree in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham fellow. Her short stories, poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in journals including Ninth Letter, The Oxford American, The Rumpus, Carolina Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Juked, Story South, Women's Studies Quarterly, Catamaran Literary Reader, Memphis Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and composition at Loyola, and is currently at work on a novel about teenage girls and eco-terrorism. agroner@loyno.edu 

Jessica Kinnison received an MFA at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail. Her stories have appeared in Juked, The Cossack Review, Pif Magazine Anthology 2013 and in The Southern Humanities Review, among others. Her story "Bone on Bone" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her play, Baby, won the Southwest Theater and Film Association's 2008 Best Ten-Minute Play Contest. She is Operations Manager of Project Lazarus, and teaches creative writing at Orleans Parish Prison as part of the Humanities: Orleans Parish Education Project (H:OPE). jessica.kinnison@gmail.com

Michael Jeffrey Lee received an MFA degree in fiction from the University of Alabama. His book of short fiction, Something in My Eye, was selected by Francine Prose for the Mary McCarthy Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2012. He is a frequent contributor to Conjunctions, and other journals. He teaches creative writing at NOCCA, and in 2013 was a recipient of the Yale University Educator Award. mlee10@tulane.edu

Stephen Rea, originally from Northern Ireland, has lived in New Orleans since 2004. He is a former national newspaper journalist in the UK and author of the book Finn McCool's Football Club, a tale set against Hurricane Katrina and centered around the Irish pub in Mid-City.

past instructors

Patricia Brady came to New Orleans in 1961 and never left. She is the former director of publications at the Historic New Orleans Collection, and has published several biographies, including Martha Washington: An American Life, and In Search of Julien Hudson.

Peyton Burgess received an MFA degree in fiction from New York University. While at NYU, he taught undergraduate creative writing, curated the KBG Emerging Writers Reading Series, and worked as fiction editor for Washington Square Review. He teaches creative writing and composition at Loyola, where he served as fiction editor of New Orleans Review. His writing has appeared in SalonExquisite CorpseThe Faster TimesLa FoveaOtis Nebula, and Chicago Quarterly Review, among others.

Vincent Cellucci edited and contributed to The Katrina Decameron (an audiobook available through iTunes) and Fuck Poems: An Exceptional Anthology(Lavender Ink, 2013). His book of poetry, An Easy Place / To Die was publshed by City Lit in 2012. He teaches communication in the College of Art + Design at LSU.

Anne Gisleson is a native Louisianan writer, editor, poet, and teacher. She received an MFA degree from Louisiana State University. Her writing has been published in The BelieverEcotone, New Orleans Review, Oxford AmericanThe Atlantic, and in Best American Non-Required Reading. She has participated in residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the New York Institute for Writers, and been the recipient of Louisiana Division of the Arts grants and a Surdna Arts Teacher's Fellowship. She currently serves as chair of the creative writing program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where she teaches.

James Nolan is the author of a collection of short stories, Perpetual Care, and two books of poetry, Why I Live in the Forest and What Moves is Not the Wind. His work has also appeared in Boulevard, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Arkansas Review, and in the anthology New Orleans Noir.

Christine Wiltz is the author of five books, including four novels—The Killing Circle, A Diamond Before You Die, and The Emerald Lizard (a trilogy comprising the Neal Rafferty series), Glass House—and a biography, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld. Her work has also appeared in New Orleans Noir, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, New Orleans Magazine, and elsewhere. She has written two screenplays and co-wrote a documentary, Race and the American Dream, which aired on PBS in 1992. The Last Madam has been produced as a play, and is currently optioned for the screen.

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