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Upcoming Events from the Writing Forward Reading Series

The Writing Forward Reading Series brings creative writers with international, national, and regional reputations to campus. English majors and minors actively engage in planning and organizing the series which gives undergraduates hands-on experience in the fields of writing, publishing, and public relations. 

Please join us for this year’s readings by visiting creative writers.

By Kirk Glaser

The Writing Forward Reading Series brings creative writers with international, national, and regional reputations to campus. The reading series is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara Review and the Creative Writing Program and is grounded in the English Department’s commitment to student/faculty collaboration. Students majoring or minoring in English and/or Creative Writing and those working on the Santa Clara Review with other majors are actively engaged in planning and organizing the series, in close collaboration with faculty. This involvement gives undergraduates hands-on experience in the fields of writing, publishing, and public relations, while also ensuring that the series continues to speak to our campus population.

First Comes Marriage memoir by Huda Al Marshi
Huda Al-Marshi

Memoirist/SCU Alumna, Huda Al-Marashi, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:00-8:30 PM, St. Clare Room, University Library, Co-sponsored by the University Library and the Writing Forward Reading Series
Huda Al-Marashi, SCU alumna, will discuss her memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, about her quest to balance traditional Muslim values with modern American romance. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post,  LA Times, and al Jazeera.


Because a Fire Was in My Head Cover by Lynn Stegner
Lynn Stegner

Novelist Lynn Stegner, Monday, February 10, 2020, 5-6 PM, St. Clare Room
Lynn Stegner, novelist, short story, and conservation writer, will read and discuss her work. Among many awards, she has won Faulkner, Raymond Carver, and New York Times Editors’ Choice Awards, and received National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright fellowships.



Black Aperture Cover by Matt Rasmussen
Matt Rusmussen

Poet Matt Rasmussen, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 5-6 PM, St. Clare Room
Poet Matt Rasmussen will read and discuss his poetry, including Black Aperture (winner, 2012 Walt Whitman Award, and finalist, 2013 National Book Award), which faces the tragedy of his brother’s suicide, blurring the boundaries of grief and humor.



The English Department encourages alumni and friends of English to support this ambitious reading series and help us make it grow. Working with limited funds, we are able to bring such notable writers thanks largely to faculty connections and writers’ generosity in accepting reduced reading fees. Your support will enable us to create an endowment to build this program. Please contact Phyllis Brown (Department Chair) or Kirk Glaser (Writing Forward Director and Director of Creative Writing) for more information on how you can help. Visit our website to learn more and to support the Writing Forward Series.

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