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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Writing Seminars lecturer David Grimm’s new book Citizen Canine was published by PublicAffairs Books this month. Read an interview with Grimm in the Baltimore Sun.


Writing Seminars Co-Chair Mary Jo Salter Elected to AAAS

Mary Jo Salter, an accomplished poet and the Krieger-Eisen­hower Professor in and co-chair of the Writing Seminars, is one of 204 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2014 class includes some of the world’s premier scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.


Writing Seminars Major Turns a Lens on School Violence

Alessandra Bautze, a double major in the Writing Seminars and Film and Media Studies, delves into the topic of school shootings with her Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award project, the 12-minute film “What Sophie Saw.” The script dates back to a screenwriting class she took in 2012.


Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

Dogs are getting lawyers. Cats are getting kidney transplants. Could they one day be fellow citizens? Cats and dogs were once wild animals. Today, they are family members and surrogate children. A little over a century ago, pets didn’t warrant the meager legal status of property. Now, they have more rights and protections than any […]


Alumna Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a 2004 graduate of the Writing Seminars master’s program, was honored with a National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Americanah.


Author Matthew Thomas on Alice McDermott

Matthew Thomas studied with Alice McDermott when he was a Writing Seminars student. When asked about McDermott for Baltimore Magazine’s March profile, he sent the following essay about her as an instructor, writer, and mentor.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Fiction: “An Almost Theatrical Innocence”

“Fitzgerald’s work has always deeply moved me,” writes John T. Irwin. “And this is as true now as it was 50 years ago when I first picked up The Great Gatsby. I can still remember the occasions when I first read each of his novels; remember the time, place, and mood of those early readings, as […]