Creative Writing


Emily Smith
 Emily Smith, Director of The Publishing Laboratory

Beth Staples promoted to Lookout editor, Ecotone senior editor

Creative writing department faculty member Beth Staples has been promoted to editor of Lookout Books and senior editor of Ecotone. In a joint announcement, Lookout founder and Ecotone publisher Emily Louise Smith says, “Beth has proven herself a perceptive and accomplished editor . . . ” More >

UNCW Poets Featured on WHQR’s Communique

The program’s recent poetry spotlight included readings by faculty member and Lookout publisher Emily Louise Smith, recent MFA graduate Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, current MFA student Aurora Shimshak, and faculty member and Ecotone editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell, who also discussed her debut collection, Ornament. More >

Lookout Welcomes New Publishing Assistant

Caitlin Taylor, a third year fiction candidate in UNCW’s MFA program, has been named graduate Publishing Assistant for Lookout Books. Taylor is the fiction editor for Ecotone and is currently a summer intern at the independent press Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, where she hopes to strengthen her acquisition and marketing skills. More >

David Gessner to Celebrate Launch of New Book

Author and chair of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing will launch his new book, Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession and My Wild Youth, with a party at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Pomegranate Books will co-host. More >

Young Writers Workshop Brings Aspiring Writers to UNCW

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) is an annual five-day camp that brings together up to 45 high school students to study the craft of writing on the UNC Wilmington campus. The workshop is organized and operated by UNCW's Department of Creative Writing, and camp participants have the opportunity to study with published, working writers-faculty members and graduate students in the department's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. More >

Creative Writing Faculty Members Publish Poetry Collections

Former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said that “poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” New collections by UNCW creative writing faculty members Mark Cox and Anna Lena Phillips Bell explore both. Sorrow Bread includes poems from Cox’s distinguished 30-year career. Soulful, artful and accessible, the poems capture domestic life, the natural world, aesthetic tradition and language itself. More >

Lookout Title Finalist for Young Lions Fiction Award

Clare Beams’s We Show What We Have Learned has been named as a finalist for The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. The story collection was published in fall 2016 by Lookout Books, the literary book imprint of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing. It was released to coincide with Beams’s visit to campus for the annual Writers’ Week celebration last November. More >

UNCW’s Creative Writing Department to Host Reading with Author Virginia Holman

Award-winning writer Virginia Holman will read excerpts of her work during a Feb. 16 presentation at Kenan Hall on the UNCW campus. Holman, a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing, is the author of Rescuing Patty Hearst, a memoir of her mother's untreated schizophrenia. It was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and received the Outstanding Literature Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More >

Clyde Edgerton Inducted into N.C. Literary Hall of Fame

Clyde Edgerton, a distinguished professor of creative writing at UNCW, was inducted  into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame on October 16, along with award-winning mystery novel writer Margaret Maron and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg. More >

National Endowment for the Arts Awards UNCW’s Ecotone Magazine and Lookout Books $10,000 Grant

Ecotone, UNCW’s literary magazine, and Lookout Books, the Department of Creative Writing’s literary book imprint, have received a $10,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will support the publication of Ecotone, a magazine that seeks to reimagine place, including work from future Lookout Books authors. More >

New Partnership with HarperCollins Publishers

UNCW has recently developed an affiliation with HarperCollins, the world’s second-largest English-language publisher, to provide opportunities for BFA and MFA students that are typically available only to students in NYC-based publishing programs. The mentoring program will pair individual students in two advanced book practicum courses (BFA and MFA) with senior publishing professionals at HarperCollins. More >

UNC Wilmington Gives Voice to Young Writing Talent

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s creative writing department and publishing laboratory enhanced their innovative programs by forging a partnership with HarperCollins Publishers, which gives students access to crucial publishing industry information and individuals. More >

Annual Writers’ Week Celebrates the Written Word Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

The UNCW Department of Creative Writing will once again welcome a slate of distinguished authors, editors, alumni and guests for its annual Writers’ Week, Oct. 31-Nov 4. Students, faculty, staff and community members with an interest in literature, writing and the publishing process are invited to join in the workshops, panel discussions and readings, free of charge. Sessions will cover a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and aspects of the craft of writing and publishing. More >

Creative Writing Department Names Jason Mott New Writer-in-Residence

Best-selling author Jason Mott is returning to his alma mater as the new writer-in-residence in the Department of Creative Writing, the university announced today. Mott is the author whose first book, The Returned, was published in 13 languages and became a New York Times bestseller and a TV series, “Resurrection,” on ABC. “Jason Mott is not just a rising literary superstar, but also a proven and versatile teacher of both poetry and fiction,” said David Gessner, chair of the Department of Creative Writing. More >