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Scottish scholarship gives The W a literary niche

Richardson

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- In the reading rooms of the National Library of Scotland, located in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, Dr. Thomas Richardson is poring over spidery handwritten letters and manuscripts dating from the 1800s. It’s part of his continuing research into lesser known Scottish literary figures that scholarship has until recently neglected.

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A new approach to writing

Creating a poem in a social media platform restricted to 140 characters. Writing in an electronic medium with hyperlinks that take the reader to non-linear stories. Interacting with published authors and poets at the annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium. These are some of the ways in which 11 graduate students in the university’s new master of fine arts in creative writing are expanding their skills, their thinking, and their professional prospects.

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