Creative Writing


Write Wilmington

Join us on Friday, January 28, for the THIRD season of Write Wilmington! Founded in Spring 2021 by Assistant Prof. Sayantani Dasgupta, the purpose of Write Wilmington is to carve out time and space for writing in community with one another.

From January 28th to April 29th, we will gather every Friday from 9:00am to 9:45am for a free writing session. Each session will be held on Zoom and led by a Department of Creative Writing faculty member or graduate student or one of our celebrated alumni. Instructors will deliver prompts and guidelines, everyone in attendance will write together, and often have time to share with one another. The goal here is not to workshop or receive feedback, but rather it is a designated time to forget about everything else, to push our imaginations, exercise creative muscles, and to simply write. We hope you'll generate drafts you might return to in the future, but our purposes are to get your gears turning.

Join us for a session! Everyone is welcome! Tell your friends! Your students! Your neighbors! 

*Closed Captions will be enabled during all sessions. Zoom link will be emailed out to all registered participants an hour before each session.

Register here: 


Schedule, Write Wilmington, Spring 2022 

January 28 <recording>
Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.
February 4 <recording> <PowerPoint>
Kimi Hemingway earned her MFA in creative writing from UNCW. She is a lecturer in the Department of English at UNCW, and in addition to contemporary literature, her interests include studies in the literary essay, new journalism, diaspora studies, post-colonial theory, gender studies, and the literature of place. She is currently working on a collection of essays about exile and the politics of place.
February 11 <recording> <PowerPoint>
Heather Wilson is the Deputy Director at Cameron Art Museum. A writer, teacher, arts administrator, and mother, she lives in Wilmington, NC.
February 18 <recording>
Philip Gerard is the author of 13 books of fiction and nonfiction, eleven documentary television scripts, numerous radio essays, magazine series, and an award-winning radio drama. His novel Cape Fear Rising has been reissued in a special 25th anniversary edition with a foreword by Randall Kenan and an author's afterword that addresses both the process of writing the novel and the backlash that followed its original publication. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. In 2019, he received the North Carolina Award in Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor.
February 25 <recording>
Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams is the author of The Man Who Danced with Dolls and a memoir-in-progress, The Following Sea. She has won the Whiting Award, the Rona Jaffe National Literary Award, and a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in the Oxford American, StoryQuarterly, Orion, and the Southern Humanities Review, among others. Abrams grew up on a sailboat in the South Pacific, lived in Southeast Asia for a time, and currently teaches in the Department of English at UNCW Wilmington.

March 4 <recording> <materials>
Malena Morling is the author of two collections of poems, Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She is co-translator of The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, BoulevardNew England Review and elsewhere. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, multiple Lannan Foundation Fellowships, and the Rona Jaffe Award. Born in Stockholm, she serves as a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.


March 18 <recording> <materials>
Eric Tran is a queer Vietnamese poet and the author of Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions, forthcoming 2022) and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Press). He serves as poetry editor for Orison Press and a poetry reader for the Los Angeles Review. He has received awards and recognition from Prairie Schooner, New Delta Review, Best of the Net, and others. His work appears in RHINO, 32 Poems, the Missouri Review and elsewhere. He is a resident physician in psychiatry in Asheville, NC and received his MFA from UNCW.
April 1 <recording> <PowerPoint>
Chrissy Hennessey earned her MFA from the UNCW in 2014 and currently works as the senior marketing specialist at a fintech company. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, Flyway, Necessary Fiction, The Boiler, storySouth, and LIT, among others, and she has received fellowships to the Weymouth Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and Aspen Summer Words. In addition to working on (another) novel, she publishes a free bi-weekly newsletter about writing, reading, and snacks, which you can sign up for here:
April 8 <recording> <materials>
Aruni Kashyap writes in two languages: English and his native language Assamese. He is the author of three books of fiction —His Father’s Disease: Stories (2019), and the novels The House With a Thousand Stories (2013) and Noikhon Etia Duroit (2020)— and a poetry collection, There is No Good Time for Bad News (2021). His creative works have appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The New York Times, and others. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, Athens, and an Editor-at-large with the Southern Review of Books.
April 15 <recording>
Jamie Tews is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. You can find her work in The Jellyfish Review, The Racket, The Chestnut Review, and Appalachian Voices, among others.
April 22 <recording>
Kaylie Saidin grew up in California and now lives in North Carolina, where she is an MFA candidate at UNC Wilmington. She works for Ecotone Magazine, where she has served as a fiction editor and reader. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Nashville Review, Fourteen Hills, upstreet #15, Columbia Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, and elsewhere. 
April 29 <recording> <materials>
Marissa Castrigno is a third-year MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction. She’s an associate editor at Shenandoah and reader for Ecotone. She was a Humor Finalist for the 2021 Miller Audio Prize from the Missouri Review, and her work has appeared in PANK, Kissing Dynamite, Memoir Mixtapes, and others. 



For any queries, please contact:

—Jess Ram (for technical support), MFA Candidate in Poetry, UNCW (
—Sayantani Dasgupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Creative Writing, UNCW (


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