Life of a Writer – Summer Edition

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EXCITING UPDATES FROM SPALDING MFA STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY, AND STAFF ON PUBLISHING, PRODUCING, AND OTHER DOINGS – ENJOY! Continue reading “Life of a Writer – Summer Edition”

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What Cross-Genre Exploration looks like for Spalding MFA Students

By Katy Yocom, Spalding MFA Associate Director

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Cross-genre exploration has been a hallmark of the Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing curriculum since the program was launched in 2001. But while many students arrive eager to explore across genres, others aren’t so sure. “I want to be able to focus on my own area,” they’ll say.

Fear not, trepidatious writers. You absolutely will. You can spend every single residency and independent study in your own area, if you want. Continue reading “What Cross-Genre Exploration looks like for Spalding MFA Students”

Appetite

By Michael Roberts, Visiting Spalding MFA Low-Residency Dramatic Arts Faculty

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My mother called last week.  That was typical.  She complained about pain in her hip.  Sadly, that was typical, too.  She complained about one of the other retired ladies she would meet Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings for mahjong–also typical (It seems that it takes the better part of a lifetime to become expert about which kind of pound cake one should serve at a mahjong game.  And, according to my mother, the previous evening’s host never achieved that level of expertise.  She expounded on the subject for another twelve minutes. I was counting.)

Then she got to the good stuff.

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SPALDING MFA OFFERS BOOK-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AT THE FALL 2018 RESIDENCY, NOV 9-18

By Kathleen Driskell, Program Director, Poetry Faculty Member

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To date I’ve published four full-length books of poetry, and while it’s thrilling to hold one of my new books in my hands, one of my truly favorite moments happens when I realize my heap of new poems is high enough to begin thinking about how they should be collected into a manuscript. Continue reading “SPALDING MFA OFFERS BOOK-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AT THE FALL 2018 RESIDENCY, NOV 9-18”

My Enrichment Semester, or How I Escaped My Comfort Zone and Finally Found Work-Life Balance

By Marjetta Geerling, Spalding MFA Alumni (W4CYA ’11)
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When I graduated from the Spalding MFA program in 2011, I knew at some point I’d be back for an enrichment semester. It’s no secret how much I love the Spalding program, and the enrichment semester provides the opportunity to do a post-graduate semester, an experience I definitely wanted but wasn’t sure how I’d squeeze into my teaching life. Continue reading “My Enrichment Semester, or How I Escaped My Comfort Zone and Finally Found Work-Life Balance”

POW! Spalding MFA Offers New Learning Opportunities in the Profession of Writing

By Kathleen Driskell, Director, Spalding Low-Residency MFA

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Our graduate students enter the Spalding MFA in Writing Program to learn to write better, and that’s our core academic push as well. But all students want to publish or have their work produced, too, and so we’ve regularly invited leading agents, editors, producers, including New York and small press publishers to speak to and make connections with our students during residencies. Continue reading “POW! Spalding MFA Offers New Learning Opportunities in the Profession of Writing”

INTERVIEW: ‘Terminus’ finds characters discovering painful truth

March 2, 2018 Interview with Gabriel Jason Dean, reprinted with permission from the author, John Soltes at HollywoodSoapbox.com
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Terminus, the topical new play from Gabriel Jason Dean, is currently being staged as part of the Next Door initiative at the New York Theatre Workshop in Downtown Manhattan. Starring Deirdre O’Connell, the drama looks at Eller, a white woman facing the realities of her violent past amidst the racism of the segregated South. As she journeys along in the play, the woman’s mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, faces a dilemma himself on how to look after his grandmother, a woman he’s no longer recognizing. Continue reading “INTERVIEW: ‘Terminus’ finds characters discovering painful truth”

Writing with Art

By Roy Hoffman, Spalding MFA Fiction & Creative Nonfiction Faculty

With art nearby when I write – from our Georgia O’Keefe kitchen calendar to the paintings, sculpture, and ceramics, many by friends, throughout our house – I find myself inspired, as a word person, by the color, shape, and texture of the visual. From the time as a college freshman I taped up a poster of Henri Rousseau’s “The Sleeping Gypsy” on my dorm wall, to trips to New York where, ritually, I visit the Metropolitan Museum’s Rembrandt room to gaze into portraits where time creases faces, I find, in art, places to lose myself, to dream, to learn, ever more clearly, to see. Continue reading “Writing with Art”

Being a Writer

By Jason Hill, Spalding MFA Coordinator of Student Services & Marketing

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This past winter I led a pair of workshops at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s a great place, full of people who come to learn and look for someone to help guide them. When I proposed the two workshops (one of which I co-led with my wife, Kelly) I did so thinking it would be good experience and could open the door for other workshops or similar opportunities. But as I prepared and then held the workshops, I realized something else: This too is something writers do. Continue reading “Being a Writer”

Writing Rooms

By Maureen Morehead, Spalding MFA Poetry Faculty
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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”