MFA Program to Host Writers Studio Workshop in June
The Converse College Graduate Creative Writing program will host a one-day Writers Studio on June 4, 2011. The event will include intermediate to advanced level workshops, seminars, panels and readings led by Converse College’s award-winning Master of Fine Arts writing faculty in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. It is open to all interested writers.
Tuition for the workshop and evening events is $50 prior to May 16, 2011. On-site registration the day of the workshop is $75. There is limited space in the poetry and prose workshops. Individuals desiring oncampus room & board for the night of June 4 must register by May 16.
Spartanburg offers a vibrant art scene, a variety of pubs, restaurants and music venues, and is home to South Carolina’s only low-residency MFA program in creative writing.
Converse MFA faculty members leading the workshop are Suzanne Cleary, Susan Tekulve, Denise Duhamel, Robert Olmstead, Marlin Barton, Leslie Pietrzyk, Dan Wakefield and Rick Mulkey.
Saturday, June 4
9:00 am – 9:45 am On-site registration for those who have not pre-registered.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshops in poetry with Suzanne Cleary, and in prose (fiction and nonfiction) with Susan Tekulve
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Craft Lecture with Rick Mulkey, “Is It a Book? A Brief Guide to Crafting Prose and Poetry Collections”
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm “Hidden Influence: The Best Writer’s You’ve Probably Never Read” – panel discussion with MFA faculty members Robert Olmstead, Denise Duhamel, Dan Wakefield, Marlin Barton and Leslie Pietrzyk. Each panelist will introduce a writer he or she thinks has slipped under the average reader’s radar, but who deserves a wider audience. These authors span a wide variety of nations and cultures, historical periods and aesthetic movements. Each panelist will present a brief introduction to the author’s work, read a short selection of the author’s work, and discuss the author’s influence on the work of other writers.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner Break
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Faculty reading by Marshall Fisher and Marlin Barton.
Sunday, June 5
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast in Gee Dining Hall for those with room and board. Check out for those students who resided on campus the evening of June 4.
For more information and to registyer, contact Melody Boland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.596.9678, or visit the MFA website.