The Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops are semester-long creative writing workshops that are open to undergraduates and community writers. Taught by working writers, these small, supportive, and intergenerational workshops allow participants to develop and strengthen their creative voices in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Voices from the Attic is a publication of the best work from the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops taught by Jan Beatty and several Carlow English faculty members.
The Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops bridge the gap between community and university. There are currently nine sections of Madwomen classes in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, which are open to undergraduates and community writers. Poet and Carlow professor Jan Beatty directs the workshops, which are taught by working writers which include Jan Beatty, Sarah Williams-Devereux, Joy Katz, Nancy Kirkwood, Nancy Krygowski, Ellen McGrath Smith, Evelyn Pierce, and Anne Rashid. The Madwomen range in age from early 20s to mid-90s; they range from beginning writers to writers with a number of books to their credit; they are undergraduates, women who have taken care of husbands and families their entire lives and are now “getting to their writing,” women who have never taken a writing class and women who have MFAs in writing from major universities; women who have careers as lawyers, healers, child care workers, visual artists, teachers, therapists. Thought the writers are far-ranging in their interests, backgrounds, philosophies, and aesthetics, they always have at least one thing in common—a love of writing.
Students have published their work has been published in places as varied as Quarterly West, 5 AM, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sojourner, Southern Poetry Review, The Cape Codder, The North American Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Many have published books with national presses such as Autumn House Press, Bottom Dog Press, Finishing Line Press, Main Street Rag, and others.