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Rosemont Writer’s Studio

Two young women, both white brunettes, sit next to one another in front of bookshelves. They are speaking to a man, who only is visible from the back of his head. They are discussing a book.

The Writers' Studio courses are non-credit offerings of Rosemont College’s MFA Program. Our mission is to offer MFA graduates, from any program, and other members of the larger Philadelphia writing community an opportunity to take focused writing and publishingworkshops at a reasonable cost.

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Spring 2022

Poetry: Healing Words with Martin Wiley
On-Campus
Wednesdays, April 20, 2022 – May 25, 2022 6 – 8 PM

Course Description: How poetry can help us heal ourselves & change the world. Through a mix of readings, discussions, writing assignments, and workshops, we will examine how poetry can help us to become whole, and guide us as we seek a better world. 

Martin WileyAs a mixed-race child of the 80’s, Martin Wiley grew up confronting and embracing a world as mixed and confused as he was, surrounded by beautiful words one minute and screamed hate the next. A long- time activist, spoken-word artist, and slam poet, after marrying the love of his life he settled down and saw his work shift back onto the page. After receiving a degree from Goddard College, he went on to receive his MFA from Rutgers Camden, where he was a Rutgers University Fellow. He had begun to see himself as a “recovering poet” but his children’s growing love of words dragged him, mostly happily, off the wagon. Martin remains in Philadelphia, teaching at Rosemont College’s MFA program, being a dad and husband, and finding time, when possible, to write. His first collection, Just/More, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2022


Creative Non-Fiction with Richard Bank
On-Campus
Thursdays, April 21, 2022 – May 26, 2022 6-8 PM

Course Description: This course will explore the craft of writing Creative Nonfiction and its sub-genres including memoir, personal and literary essays, opinion pieces, reviews, travel articles, and narrative nonfiction. The course will include an overview examining the components of creative nonfiction writing; samples will be read and discussed; ethical issues unique to the genre regarding how far one can stray from fact and the use of literary license; research techniques; and written exercises designed to develop specific skills needed to write effectively in the genre. Relevant legal issues such as libel and privacy will be reviewed. Students will submit work within the genre that may be short complete pieces or a portion of a larger even book length project which will be workshopped by the class. Potential markets for creative nonfiction will be suggested.

Richard BankRichard D. Bank, Esq. is the author of nine books including Feig and I am Terezin which along  with The Tree of Sorrow, comprise his Holocaust Trilogy. He has written one play and has published over 100 articles, essays, short stories and book reviews. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and has taught writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rosemont College and other venues. 


Novel Writing II with Chelsea Covington Maass
Online via Zoom
Wednesdays April 20, 2022 – May 25, 2022 6 – 8 PM

Course Description: Over this six-week session, students will use the approach learned in Novel Writing I to plot and begin drafting a novel. Writers will create a novel road map and unleash their story-worthy heroes. We will spend two weeks on each of the three acts, taking time to discuss any roadblocks we encounter along the way. Registration is non limited to students who took Novel Writing

Chelsea Covington MaassChelsea Covington Maass is a graduate of the MFA program at Rosemont College. An excerpt from her thesis won a 2016 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2017, her flash fiction story "Refuge" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Newfound. Her work has also been published at HOOT, Shotgun Honey, and Literary Mama. She lives in the Philadelphia area and teaches writing at several local universities.