Room to be used for creative writing workshops

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has dedicated a room at the Department of English for writers Barry Hannah and Richard Ford.

The Hannah-Ford Room for Writers, formerly Bondurant Hall lounge, was dedicated Thursday. Ford and his wife, Kristina, were in attendance, along members of Hannah’s family. Hannah died in 2010.

Both men had taught in the English Department.

The renovation of the room was made possible by a donation from the Fords. Richard Ford taught a two-day master class in fiction writing to inaugurate the room.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, the room will serve as a casual meeting place for graduate students and faculty. Late afternoons, the space will house creative writing workshops. It also will be a venue for evening readings and receptions.