Meet our new associate program director

By Lynnell Edwards, Associate Director, Spalding Low-Residency MFA

Lynnell Edwards






Happy New Year and thank God the temperature is finally above freezing in Louisville! Kathleen suggested I use this forum as a follow up to her announcement last week of my appointment as Associate Program Director and so what follows is an attempt to say something of interest and relevance about my life as a writer going forward in this new role. Continue reading “Meet our new associate program director”


Writing for musical theatre: A workshop with two Off-Broadway pros

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.

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On Word Choice and John Gardner’s “Fictional Dream”

Lamar Giles, Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children & Young AdultsLamar Giles

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.”


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By Katy Yocom, Spalding MFA Associate Director







Even in Kyoto—
Hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.


Matsuo Basho




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.

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This Is Not My #MeToo Post


Leslie Daniels, Spalding MFA Fiction Faculty

This is not my #MeToo post. With a 500 word limit, where would I begin? With the convict who held a knife against my 11 year old stomach? Or the psych professor in grad school 20 years later who pressed me for dates? With the decades in between of sidewalk ass grabbers or party gropers and worse, experiences of  weirdness, of intimate violence, of trespass? How about the silencers, the ones who urged me not to speak of it, the shamers?

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