Inspired Writers Series to Present Exciting Lineup of Acclaimed Authors

Inspired Writers Series to Present Exciting Lineup of Acclaimed Authors

Phil Klay talks with MFA students in a writers workshop on Enders Island.

Phil Klay, (left) talks with MFA students in a writers workshop on Enders Island.

These virtual events curated by author and MFA professor Phil Klay are presented by Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

The Inspired Writers Series, curated by renowned author Phil Klay, is back with an exceptional lineup of distinguished writers for the 2023-24 season. This much-anticipated series will feature captivating discussions on various genres of literature, including the art of the personal essay, literary criticism, novels, short stories, poetry, journalism, and more.

These virtual events, presented by Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing program, will offer audiences the opportunity to engage with acclaimed authors, gain insights into their creative processes, and explore the intricacies of the written word. Each virtual event will be free to attend, but registration will be required to secure a spot.

Event Details

Emily Bernard: The Art of the Personal Essay

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Distinguished essayist Emily Bernard will take participants on a journey through the art of the personal essay, offering a glimpse into her unique writing style and storytelling prowess. 

Ryan Ruby & Becca Rothfeld: The Art of Literary Criticism

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Join accomplished literary critics Ryan Ruby and Becca Rothfeld as they explore the intricacies of literary criticism and its role in shaping our understanding of literature.

Nathan Englander: Novels, Short Stories, and Adapting for the Stage

Thursday, February 29, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

Bestselling author Nathan Englander will share his experiences in crafting novels and short stories, and discuss the process of adapting his work for the stage.

Tom Sleigh: Poetry, Journalism, and Conflict

Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

Renowned poet and journalist Tom Sleigh will delve into the intersection of poetry and journalism, reflecting on how conflict and human experiences inspire his work.

The Inspired Writers Series aims to foster a love for literature and intellectual discourse, encouraging participants to explore the power of language and storytelling. Each event promises to be an enriching experience for both aspiring writers and avid readers.

Attendees will have the chance to interact with the authors through Q&A sessions, gaining valuable knowledge and inspiration from some of today's most celebrated literary voices.

Registration for each event is required to receive the event link.

To reserve a spot and learn more about the Inspired Writers Series, please visit

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