Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


October 16, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Five Dallas-area novelists will read excerpts and sign their new books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Southern Methodist University’s new bookstore at 3060 Mockingbird Lane. The book signing is open to the public.

All of the authors have been students in SMU’s Continuing Studies Creative Writing program and all have had books published in 2001.

The authors and their novels include Jesse Giacomo, Nono Silences; Chloe Green (aka Suzanne Frank) Designed to Die; Don Goldman, What Goes Around; Caroline Rose Hunt, Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose; and Elizabeth King (Betty Martin) An Invisible Woman.

Excerpts from the novels of these authors and 25 more SMU creative writing students were published in December 2000 in an anthology called BookMarks.

Author and lecturer Barbara Wedgwood directs the noncredit Creative Writing Program at SMU, which is celebrating its 10th year. The program offers writing courses for long and short fiction; television, film and stage; poetry; memoir; children’s books and non-fiction for print media. Additional courses on classical literature and English grammar, as well as fall and spring getaway writing weekends to Archer City, are available to enhance the writing experience.

Each spring for the past seven years, the program’s qualified writers with a work-in-progress or completed novel have traveled to a New York seminar to meet with agents and editors in private consultations.

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the Creative Writing program offers manuscript evaluation and private tutorials in fiction and non-fiction.

MEDIA NOTE: Review copies of the featured books may be obtained by calling Sally Luoma, Director of SMU Continuing Studies at 214-768-1022 or by e-mail at