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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Blind Tongues

Blind Tongues For Merelene Durham it's been fifteen years of coping, of determination not to lose her purchase on this world, a world that has become almost unendurable since her rakish husband, Mayfield, fled after encephalitis turned their son Roland's mind into a strange, shell-holed country.

Blind Tongues is the story of what happens when Mayfield unexpectedly returns, and his conviction that a newly made fortune can make Roland whole again -- of a brilliant local attorney whose body bears the scars of aviation heroics in World War II -- and finally of Merelene herself, who must choose between these two competitors in love while trying to accept the sweet simplicity of her ageless son.

"Blind Tongues is a stunning novel. Sterling Watson creates a woman of great richness in a prose that is at once movingly lyrical and lucid. His voice rises to that rare level of genius that characterizes only our very best novelists. Blind Tongues is a story with power and suspense at every turn, and gold in every sentence."

--James Hall, author of Under Cover of Daylight

Copyright Sterling Watson


Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers. Interested students should follow the Creative Writing Award Submission Guidelines Located on the Financial Aid Home Page under Scholarships and Artistic Achievement Awards and mail all pertinent materials prior to the application deadline.

Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers' conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.