August 15, 2012
The Penmen Review, SNHU's new online journal for creative writers, has experienced widespread support and enthusiastic response since its launch in late September. The journal shares writing tips and advice from experienced writers and industry professionals and offers spotlight features on new and notable writers. Additionally, it provides ongoing opportunities for writers in our creative writing programs, and the general public as well, to be published in The Review section of the journal.
In its first two weeks, The Penmen Review received 60 creative writing submissions in a variety of genres. The first accepted submission was published in early October, a poem titled, ''Like Riding a Bike,'' written by Robert E. Blackwell. Blackwell, a first-year SNHU creative writing student who is pursuing a concentration in poetry, says that he was looking for a way to refresh his gift when he found SNHU online in an ad on Facebook. ''I know of no other school that offers a focus in the genre I've had a lifelong passion for,'' says Blackwell. ''I am blessed that in retirement I can pursue the dream I want.'' He was very excited to learn that his poem would be featured in The Penmen Review.
A nonfiction piece by SNHU creative writing student Diane Walters will be featured in mid-November. Walters feels that the nonfiction piece chosen for publication is her best work to date. Other Review features have included work by Atlanta poet and writer Rita Janice Traub, U.K. poet Milner Place and poet John Yamrus. Submissions in all genres are ongoing and submission criteria are available on the submission page of The Penmen Review.
Recent spotlight features include animation and television writer David Slack, currently a writer for the CBS show ''Person of Interest,'' as well as poet John Yamrus, cartoonist and children's author Sharna Fulton and bestselling novelists Jodi Picoult and Chris Bohjalian.
Summer is here and that - hopefully - means a few more free hours to use catching up on some reading. We asked people across SNHU what they're reading this summer and what they recommend.
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Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.