Best-selling authors share their process and craft

Writers on Writing, an event hosted by the English department at Mount Mary University, brings authors to campus to talk about their successful work, challenges they overcame and the craft they love.

Upcoming events:

  • Writers on Writing: R. M. Kinder and Mary Troy
    October 2, 6:30 p.m.
    Mount Mary University, Bergstrom Hall - North Dining Room
    RSVP online
  • Writers on Writing: 3 Seas Literary Agency
    November 8, 6:30 p.m.
    Mount Mary University, Bergstrom Hall - North Dining Room
    RSVP and select your pitch session online.

Questions? Contact Karen Murray at See campus map.

Writers on Writing: October 2

R. M. Kinder

R. M. Kinder is the author of two novels, The Universe Playing Strings and An Absolute Gentleman; two collections of short fiction, A Near-Perfect Gift and Sweet Angel Band; and co-author of a dual media biography: Old Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler. Her short-stories, non-fiction, and poems have appeared in over sixty publications. Kinder received her B.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, Tucson. From 1989 to 2002, she was a professor of English at the University of Central Missouri. Her teaching emphases were women writers, both in the US and worldwide, and creative writing. She was Coordinator of Creative Writing, editor of Pleiades literary journal, and founder of Pleiades Press. Currently editor emerita, Kinder still reads for Pleiades, particularly as judge for the journal’s realistic national fiction contest. She serves also as advisory editor with New Letters journal and BkMk Press and is a co-editor at Sweetgum Press and Cave Hollow Press, both of which promote regional writing.

Writers on Writing: October 2

Mary Troy is the author of the novels Swimming on Hwy N and Beauties, winner of the USA book award and finalist for Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award. She is the author of three previous books, all collections of short stories: Cookie Lily, The Alibi Cafe and other stories, and Joe Baker Is Dead. Her short stories and essays have been published widely in Boulevard, New Letters, American Fiction, The Arkansas Review, Pleiades, and more. She has won a Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a Nelson Algren Award, a John Gould Fletcher Award, and was a finalist for the William Rockhill Nelson Award. She teaches fiction writing and contemporary literature for the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she has won the MO Governor’s award for teaching excellence and the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Leadership. She is also the editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature.

Mary Troy

Writers on Writing: November 8

3 Seas

3 Seas is a full-service literary agency that represents more than 50 authors who write romance, women’s fiction, science fiction/fantasy, thrillers, young adult and middle grade fiction as well as select nonfiction titles. The Literary Agency, 3 Seas Literary Agency, will be presenting a Q&A and will be hearing pitches. All three agents, Michelle Grajkowski, Cori Deyoe, and Linda Scalissi will be in attendance.

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