Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character

by Beth Bauman

Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children and Young Adults

My new favorite TV show is the HBO crime drama “The Night Of.”  It’s tough and gritty and co-written by the inimitable Richard Price.  I’m going to detour here and mention how at a New Yorker festival years back, I first met Price when he and another author gave talks about their writing. Continue reading “Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character”

CHARACTER TAKEOVER: Finding Your Protagonist

by Larry Brenner
Spalding MFA Faculty, Playwriting and Screenwriting

It was in my first semester as a Spalding MFA student that I got perhaps the single best writing note I’d ever gotten.

“Your protagonist isn’t your protagonist.”

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Welcome Home: A Writer’s Return To Rome

By Sena Jeter Naslund

Spalding MFA Program Director

It’s a bit odd to say to a group of students and faculty, recently arrived in Rome, “Welcome Home!” But you know how that goes: wherever the Spalding Master of Fine Arts in Writing gathers, I always say, as program director, “Welcome Home!” and we are at home when we’re with each other. Continue reading “Welcome Home: A Writer’s Return To Rome”

MFA Offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Creative Writing

By Katy Yocom

Spalding MFA Associate Administrative Director

For writers ready to carve out space in their life for creative pursuits, Spalding University’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing is launching a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Creative Writing. The certificate program launches in November and is equivalent to one semester in Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Those who complete the certificate program earn 15 hours of graduate-level academic credit. Continue reading “MFA Offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Creative Writing”

The Little Dramatic Writing Program that Could

by Charlie Schulman

Spalding MFA Playwriting and Screenwriting Faculty

I’m on the Playwriting and Screenwriting faculty at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program, and as the February 1 application deadline for spring and summer semesters approaches, I’d like to take this opportunity to sing the praises of our alums and current students who are winning grand prizes, placing in national screenwriting competitions, getting produced in major regional theaters, and most important, telling stories that matter. Stories that are inclusive, expand the definition of who we are, and broaden the sense of what it means to be living in these complicated times. Continue reading “The Little Dramatic Writing Program that Could”