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Ana Maria Spagna Provides Evening of Nonfiction Reading

Alex Lupton, Staff Reporter

October 21, 2017

Professor Ana Maria Spagna’s stories visibly enraptured audience members as she read aloud selections from her works in Kimball Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19. This reading was part of Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series, which started in 2000 as a desire to bring enthusiastic and diverse w...

Visiting Writers, Lasting Lessons

Alex Dimitrov reading at the Visiting Writers Series event at the end of September. Photo by Lone Fullerton.

Megan Hearst, Staff Writer

October 7, 2015

The upcoming VWRS events will span many different disciplines.

Students to Teach Creative Writing at the Washington State Penitentiary

Illustration by Marlee Raible

Dylan Tull

April 11, 2013

How would your perspective on the inmates in the penitentiary change if you could read the creative writing and poetry that they produced? Undeniably, a passionate poem or creative story would give new depth and humanness to prisoners that are often regarded as violent and cold. A group of Whitman students spearheaded by junior Camer...

Visiting Writer Matt Bondurant Offers Advice, Sheds Light on Hollywood

Mallory Martin

November 15, 2012

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Whitman Visiting Writers Reading Series continued with a visit from novelist Matt Bondurant, who read from his latest novel, "The Night Swimmer." Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, Bondurant is the author of three best-selling novels: "The Third Translation," "The Night Swimmer" and "The Wettest County in the Wor...

Acclaimed writer George Saunders visits campus

Mallory Martin

April 26, 2012

Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series welcomes its seventh and final speaker for the year to campus on Thursday, April 26. New York Times bestselling author and columnist George Saunders will share his work for the ultimate reading, after a slight setback and postponement from last month. Currently...

Students in the arts face contemporary MFA debate

Credit: Binta Loos-Diallo

Kate Robinette

April 25, 2011

Many Whitman College students live with the expectation that they will do whatever they can to earn the 'terminal degree' in their field. Whitman seniors pursuing careers in the arts, however, must face the more complex realities within their fields in deciding whether and when to go on to graduate ...

‘NaNoWriMo’ encourages almost everyone’s inner novelist

Blair Hanley Frank

November 11, 2009

Every November, National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo to its participants) rolls around. The goal is simple: crank out a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days. Writing a novel is a major undertaking. Trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days borders on the insane. But every year, people...

Dena Popova: Whitman student, published author

Dena Popova: Whitman student, published author


October 15, 2009

"Aren't you going to ask me about my book?" asked senior Dena Popova, an international student from Bulgaria, at the wrap-up of a conversation concerning her latest film script entry in the NISI MASA International Screenwriting Competition. Popova has had a busy Whitman career, finding success in scree...

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