The Writing with Writers program is a highlight of our year's offerings. Every May, Furman students have the opportunity to study with an accomplished author in a different literary genre: poetry, prose fiction, or creative nonfiction. Writers visit Furman for three weeks, teaching a workshop (Eng 225), giving a public reading, and sharing their life experiences with students.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poet and photographer, taught the May 2016 course.  Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Callaloo, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, American Poetry Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and many others. She has published four books. She is widely known for her literary portraits, fine art photography, and lyric videos. Griffiths recently completed her first extensive video project, P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), an intimate series of micro-interviews, which gathers nearly 100 contemporary poets in conversation.  Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.​ ​

Past guests

Our 2015 writer was Landon Godfrey, a poet, artist and actress from Black Mountain, N.C.  Her short fiction has appeared in Waxwing, and her prose on poetry has been published by Q Avenue Press, Gulf Coast, and Voltage Poetry.  

In 2014, Amy Buttell Founder and CEO of Lake Effect Creative, a Content Marketing firm in Erie, PA. works with editors, marketing directors, and executives to develop compelling stories and narratives.   ​

Our 2013 guest was Edmund White, the nation's most noted gay novelist, an author of nine novels, and a teacher of creative writing at Princeton University.

In 2012, Tony D'Souza, author of Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule, worked closely with a dozen eager students and gave an engrossing reading in McEachern Lecture Room.
In the past, we have hosted fiction writer Bret Lott, the poet Sean Hill, and Neil Shea of National Geographic.
Interested in enrolling for next spring? Register for May Experience.​

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