Department of English

Marie Rutkoski

"Demystifying the Writing Life: An Informal Chat"
April 3, 4:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

As someone who has earned her MFA, had her collection of short stories published, been shortlisted and longlisted for prizes, won various writing scholarships and awards, and has traveled to teach writing at numerous places across the East Coast, author Laura Van Den Berg � this year's Rose O'Neill Literary House Mary Wood Fellow � is in a unique place to break it all down for us and talk about what it's really like to live the hectic, sometimes-disappointing, always-interesting "writing life."

A Reading with Laura Van Den Berg
April 5, 7 p.m., Tawes Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts
Book signing to follow

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was awarded the 2007 Dzanc Prize and published by Dzanc Books in October 2009. The collection was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, longlisted for the Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Award, the world's richest prize for the short story. Her fiction has or will soon appear in Ploughshares, One Story, Boston Review, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV, among other publications. She is also the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences and the 2009 Julia Peterkin Award. Van Den Berg has taught writing at Emerson College, Grub Street, Gettysburg College, as the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lecturer, the Gilman School, as the 2010-2011 Tickner Fellow, the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop, in Pen New England's Freedom-to-Write Program, and now at Goucher College. She currently lives in Baltimore with the writer Paul Yoon and is at work on new stories and a novel. Van Den Berg's rich and inventive stories illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane and feature women narrators who search for the flash of extraordinary in the ordinary.

Initiated in 2007, the Mary Wood Fellowship is extended bi-annually to an emerging female writer, allowing her to come to campus to work one-on-one with female student creative writers. It is made possible by the continued support of author Mary Wood.

sponsored by: The Rose O'Neill Literary House and the Department of English