This Wednesday, the WKU English Department kicked off the Spring 2022 Creative Writing Reading Series by welcoming fiction writer Holly Goddard Jones. The Creative Writing Reading Series is a group of events that host multiple writers each semester, according to creative writing professor Dr. Tom Hunley.
“We always try to get the best writers we can find,” Dr. Hunley said.
A native of Russellville, Kentucky, Jones attended WKU in her junior year of college before transferring to the University of Kentucky. She then earned her MFA in creative writing from Ohio University. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Kentucky Literary Award.
Jones read the first chapter of his novel which is currently untitled and a work in progress, which follows the story of a sophomore at WKU.
“I’m having fun with the dynamic between these young people in college,” Jones said. “I always try to see how a writer plays through these scenarios.”
Jones shared her struggles with writing during a pandemic and how she overcomes them.
“I wrote the pages that I have so far very quickly, which happened because I let myself sit for a while,” Jones said. “At other times, I had to treat writing as an exercise. It’s something I don’t necessarily want to do, but I try to enjoy the work instead of forcing myself to do it.
The next Creative Writing Reading Series event will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
To stay up to date on Creative Writing Reading Series events, visit the WKU English Department Facebook page or the calendar on the WKU English Department homepage.