By Maureen Morehead, Spalding MFA Poetry Faculty
George Bernard Shaw’s Writing Shed
For twenty years I have written in the first floor family room of my house. I have an office on the second. It’s a spacious room with manila-colored walls, a vaulted ceiling, a large palladium window, an antique desk, a trestle table with baskets and writing magazines, a magnifying mirror I use for putting on makeup, two red chairs, a filing cabinet, a printer, and a black three-drawer bow-front dresser in which I store paper and envelopes, folders, paper clips, staples, rubber bands—the stuff of a writer. Continue reading “Writing Rooms”
By Katy Yocom, Spalding MFA Associate Director
The Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing program is gearing up for its spring residency, May 25-June 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. The residency features dozens of special events and sessions, acclaimed guest speakers, and faculty craft lectures. Continue reading “Special Events at the Spring 2018 Residency”
By Dianne Aprile, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Creative Non-Fiction Faculty
Dianne Aprile & Mary Lou Hess
My friend and collaborator, Mary Lou Hess, has etched hundreds of plates and pressed thousands of images over the course of her long career as a fine-art printmaker. Continue reading “The Persistence of Imagery”
By Jeanie Thompson, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry Faculty
Today, poets are exploring how to engage readers with history by entering the lives of characters. This increasingly well-regarded genre is called historical persona poetry.
Continue reading “The Journey and Responsibility of Historical Persona Poetry”
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Continue reading “Life of a Writer”
By Roy Hoffman, Spalding MFA Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Faculty
Gabriel Jason Dean
Whenever I visit New York City one of my pleasures is attending theater. In the brisk days of late February this year, I had the delight of scurrying out of the cold into two venues where works by friends took away the chill and replaced it with dramatic heat unfolding in front of me. Continue reading “Three Friends, Three Stages, NYC”
by Kirby Gann, Spalding MFA Fiction Faculty
Though I’ve long considered myself primarily a novelist, I’ve taken a shot at the short story form (never with real confidence) off and on over the past twenty-five years.
Continue reading “Looking at Who You Used to Be”
By Eleanor Morse, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Fiction Faculty
Burdened Children (1930), Paul Klee
Last week, the day after seventeen students were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I received an anguished email from one of my students, which began like this: “Yesterday was a day of terrible loss…and writing or creating feels pointless to me, at this time. I’m just reaching out…How do you keep going on days like this? I am struggling…the lofty notions of making the world a better place through storytelling are just falling flat today.” Continue reading “Why Write? Bearing the Weight of Fear in the World.”
By Katy Yocom, Associate Director
Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Spalding University
Heading to Tampa for AWP*? You are cordially invited to a Spalding MFA shindig! Continue reading “Calling all #AWP2018 attendees: You’re invited to the Spalding MFA off-site event!”
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Faculty (Writing for Children & Young Adults)
Recently, I was sitting with a group of women writers, and the conversation turned to music concerts.
“What was the first concert you went to?” asked one of the women. Around the table, various artists and band names were tossed out and the women oohed and ahhed: Aerosmith. Guns ‘N Roses. Bruce Springsteen. Even some oldies: the Beach Boys. Neil Diamond. James Taylor. Joni Mitchell. Carole King.
My first concert? Continue reading “Music and the Quickening of Story”