Audiences can join creativity ‘In Process’ as MTSU...

Audiences can join creativity ‘In Process’ as MTSU weekly writing series returns for fall 2022

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In Process, Middle Tennessee State University’s creative writing event series, is returning this fall with a semester full of weekly opportunities for audiences eager to hear from established authors.

Dr. Allen Hibbard, Department of English faculty and director, Middle East Center
Dr. Allen Hibbard

The 11 free weekly events kick off Thursday, Sept. 1, with a discussion on creative nonfiction with Allen Hibbard, a professor in the MTSU Department of English and director of the MTSU Middle East Center.

Each event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the MT Center inside MTSU’s Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

This fall’s In Process schedule of guests and their topics includes:

• Sept. 8 — singer-songwriter Georgia Middleman on songwriting.

Georgia Middleman
Jesse Graves

• Sept. 15 — poet and East Tennessee State University professor Jesse Graves on poetry, hosted by MTSU English professor Gaylord Brewer.

• Sept. 22 — Open Mic and Cafe, hosted by MTSU English professor Fred Arroyo.

• Sept. 29 — National Hispanic Heritage Month special event: author, editor and University of Utah professor Michael Mejia on fiction, hosted by Arroyo.

Alicia Haymer
Michael Mejia

• Oct. 6 — actor, director and playwright Alicia Haymer on drama, presenting a staged reading of “Heavy,” her play in progress, directed by MTSU senior theatre major Toriya Buford.

• Oct. 20 — author and musician Jeff Zentner on young adult fiction, hosted by MTSU English professor Ellen Donovan.

• Oct. 27 — poet Andrea Jurjević on poetry and translation, hosted by MTSU English professor Amie Whittemore.

Jeff Zentner
Andrea Jurjević

• Nov. 3 — screenwriter and producer Margaret Hoffman on TV writing, presenting a staged reading of an animated TV script directed by MTSU senior filmmaking major Makenzie Johnson.

• Nov. 10 — Open Mic and Cafe, hosted by professor Arroyo.

• Nov. 17 — Multi-Genre Celebration featuring professors Arroyo and Whittemore and English department colleagues Claudia Barnett and Jennifer Wachtel Kates.

Margaret Hoffman

No “In Process” event will be held Oct. 13.

A campus map is available here. Attendees can park in the Ingram Lots without MTSU passes or permits after 4:30 p.m.

More details about each of the fall 2022 In Process guests are available at the series blog. MTSU’s Philips Bookstore will have several of the writers’ published works available for sale at this fall’s events.

Students can earn credit for attending and writing about the series if they’re enrolled in this fall’s English 3635 or English 3635-Honors courses.

MTSU “In Process” creative writing series logo

More information on the In Process creative writing series is available at the series blog and by emailing program coordinator Barnett at

In Process and the Department of English are part of MTSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU, visit

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