News & Announcements Archive


Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson Receives Reporting Grant from the Pulitzer Center

Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson Receives Reporting Grant from the Pulitzer Center
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson has been awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Center. The grant will support an element of Cavanaugh Simpson’s nonfiction book research, which includes police and government use of facial recognition and AI surveillance and effects on communities in various urban areas nationwide.


Danielle Evans Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Danielle Evans Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
The Writing Seminars is pleased to announce that Danielle Evans has been awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship in prose by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work Evans submitted for the fellowship is part of her recently completed book The Office of Historical Corrections, a collection of stories and a novella forthcoming in November […]


Mary Terrier, M.F.A. ’17, Receives Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020

Mary Terrier, M.F.A. ’17, Receives Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Mary Terrier has won an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020.  The grant will support the completion of a novel and a collection of short stories. The Elizabeth George Foundation makes artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, to poets, to emerging playwrights and to organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth. […]


Rachael Uwada Clifford, M.F.A. ’18, Receives Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020

Rachael Uwada Clifford, M.F.A. ’18,  Receives Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020
The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Rachael Uwada Clifford has won an Elizabeth George Foundation grant for 2020.  The $31,500 grant will support the completion of Clifford’s first novel and story collection for one year. The Elizabeth George Foundation makes artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, to poets, to emerging playwrights and to […]


John T. Irwin, longtime Writing Seminars professor dies at 79

John T. Irwin, longtime Writing Seminars professor dies at 79
John T. Irwin, poet and literary critic, and longtime chair and Decker Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, died Thursday, 20 December 2019, after a long illness. Born in Houston, Texas on 24 April, 1940, he was the son of William and Marguerite (Hunsecker) Irwin.  He was educated at St. Thomas University […]


Danielle Alyse Basford Writing Prize Open to Graduating Seniors in The Writing Seminars

Danielle Alyse Basford Writing Prize Open to Graduating Seniors in The Writing Seminars
We are pleased to announce the 6th year of the Danielle Alyse Basford Writing Prize, a $1,000 award for a short story by a graduating senior in The Writing Seminars. This year’s application deadline is March 12th, 2020; stories should be emailed to Amy Lynwander (alynwander@jhu.edu) by that date in order to be considered. Kat […]


Revised Undergraduate Handbook Now Available

Revised Undergraduate Handbook Now Available
The Writing Seminars has updated its Undergraduate Handbook. For a summary of our requirements for the major within and outside the department, please see the requirements page.