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”
By Lesléa Newman, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Faculty (Writing for Children & Young Adults)
Lesléa Newman (Photo by Mary Vazquez)
“Good writers borrow. Great writers steal.”
I can’t remember who I stole that quote from. Which doesn’t make me a great writer necessarily. I am, however, a pretty good thief. Continue reading “Steal Away!”
By Robin Lippincott, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Faculty (Fiction)
Circa Late ’70s
The first time I ever saw or heard of her was on The Dick Cavett Show in the latter half of the 1970s. I was still living in Central Florida at the time, still living, in fact, with my parents. If you had said the word “intellectual” to me then I would have immediately conjured the image of a boring, old, straight, white man. But then suddenly there she was, Susan Sontag. Continue reading “Missing Susan Sontag”
By Katy Yocom, Associate Director, Spalding low-residency MFA
An award-winning Off-Broadway musical-theatre team is taking their collaboration into the Spalding MFA classroom this spring to offer a workshop in writing for musical theatre.
Continue reading “Writing for musical theatre: A workshop with two Off-Broadway pros”
By Kathleen Driskell, Spalding MFA Program Director
At the beginning of 2018, like Janus, I feel myself full of endings, beginnings, and transitions—all at the same time. Continue reading “ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS, and TRANSITIONS AT SPALDING MFA”
By SENA JETER NASLUND, Founding Program Director
So many of you I did not get to hug and squeeze whom I wished to thank for your thanks, at SenaFest, the marvelous surprise occasion, conceived by my partner-in-crime Karen Mann to mark my retirement as Founding Program Director! Continue reading “From Sena, with Love”
By JULIE BRICKMAN, SPALDING MFA FICTION FACULTY
On August 23, 2017, the author Susan Vreeland died. She was 71 years old and died from the consequences of the illness that launched her mind into composing her best work. Continue reading “Goodbye, Darlin’: A Tribute to a Great Writer.”
Lamar Giles, Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children & Young Adults
There’s an excerpt that I share with every student I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching. It’s by John Gardner (1933-1982) and comes from his essay “Basic Skills, Genre, and Fiction as Dream,” which appears in the anthology Crafting Fiction: In Theory, In Practice, edited by Marvin Diogenes and Clyde Moneyhun. While the entire essay is a marvel of craft advice and analysis, it’s the portion about the fictional dream that stuck with me so long ago, and that I make sure every writer willing to take advice from me at least knows about. Like my mom says, “You can’t say no one never told you.”
Continue reading “On Word Choice and John Gardner’s “Fictional Dream””
By Katy Yocom, Spalding MFA Associate Director
Even in Kyoto—
Hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.
Each summer, the Spalding MFA in Writing program travels overseas to study creative writing while exploring literature and art across cultures. Our Summer 2018 residency takes place in Kyoto.
Continue reading “MFA SUMMER RESIDENCY in KYOTO, JAPAN July 12-23, 2018”
Crystal Wilkinson, Spalding MFA Fiction Faculty
If you are a writer and are looking for magic, something to propel your forward, the answer is simple. Pssst–come closer. Closer.
Continue reading “Gathering Magic: How to Read Like a Writer”