Ringling College: Visiting Writers Forum

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ringling College of Art and Design
Goldstein Library (room 113)
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Author: Mesha Maren

Hermitage Fellow Mesha Maren is the author of the novels Sugar Run and Perpetual West (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays can be read in Tin House, The Oxford American, The Guardian, Crazyhorse, Triquarterly, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Sou’wester, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an assistant professor of the practice of English at Duke University and also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia. https://meshamaren.com/

Planning to attend?

Faculty, staff, students, RCLA Members, and community members are invited to attend the events. Community members attending in person should park in a visitor parking space on campus. Registration is not required.

Each forum is held from 7-8 pm in the Goldstein Library (room 113) and is free and open to the public.

What is the Visiting Writers Program?

Launching Careers

The goal of Ringling College’s Creative Writing major is to launch careers, one student at a time. And the College’s Visiting Writers Forum is just one of the ways that happens for our students.

A number of industry professionals visit Ringling College each year as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Forum. The series is a critical part of the academic program for Creative Writing students at Ringling. Visiting professionals include game writers, graphic novelists, screenwriters, novelists, journalists, editors, and literary agents.

Every Creative Writing major at Ringling College participates in this author conversation series that includes a robust Q&A period with the audience. Because this series focuses on both the craft and the industry of writing, students discover various blueprints for success directly from successful, working professionals.

The Visiting Writers Forum is hosted by the Creative Writing department and underwritten by a generous grant from the Isermann Family Foundation.



Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave