Inspired Writers Series Presents an Exciting Lineup of Acclaimed Authors for 2023-2024 Events

Inspired Writers Series Presents an Exciting Lineup of Acclaimed Authors for 2023-2024 Events

Virtual, literary events curated by renowned author and professor Phil Klay is presented with Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing Program through the Quick Center for the Arts.

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The Inspired Writers Series, literary events curated by renowned author Phil Klay, is back with an exceptional lineup of distinguished writers for the 2023-2024 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. 

The virtual events, presented by Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing 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
Wednesday, November 8, 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 live 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

Posted On: September 19, 2023

Volume: 55 Number: 17

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