The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Spring 2017 Calendar

The MFA Creative Writing Program is pleased to present a series of readings, lectures, and events each semester. All events are held at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase N.Y.  Here’s our spring lineup:

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Books and Coffee series/Panel and Q&A
“The Writer’s Life: four Westchester authors on balancing life and work”
Susie Schnall, Lynda Loigman, Dan Zevin, and Annabel Monghan have more than a dozen books, nine kids, four spouses and a few jobs between them and still they keep writing. Spend part of your Saturday in the company of writers who keep creating despite the challenges of just being alive, and share your own story of how you find balance in the writing life.
Barat House
This event is free and open to the public

Tuesday, Feb. 21 @ 6 p.m.
Book Launch celebration for Manhattanville MFA alumna Celeste Lim
Author of “The Crystal Ribbon,” Scholastic Press
Join us to celebrate the release of MFA alumna Celeste Lim’s first novel, “The Crystal Ribbon,” published by Scholastic Press. This middle-grade novel is a magical coming of age story.
Barat House
This event is free and open to the public

Monday, Feb. 27 @ 7 p.m.
Meet the Writers Series – Black Poets Speak Out
#blackpoetsspeakout was organized in response to police shootings of black men across the country. Poet and activist Mahogany Browne is joined by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and slam-champion Jive Poetic for a reading and discussion. View complete listing.
Ophir Room, Reid Castle
This event is free and open to the public

Monday, March 6 @ 7 p.m.
Meet the Writers Series – Daniel Borzutzky
Chilean-born poet Daniel Borzutzky, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for his collection “The Performance of Becoming Human,” will read from and discuss his work.
Ophir Room, Reid Castle
This event is free and open to the public

Prospective students are invited to speak with program faculty, students, and alumni.
Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.: reception at Barat House

Thursday, March 23 @ 7 p.m.
Meet the Writers Series – Sharbari Ahmed
Bangladeshi-American screenwriter, playwright, and author Sharbari Ahmed will present a mix of her work. Ahmed was a member of the writing team for the network series Quantico and is author of the story collection, “The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai.”
Barat House
This event is free and open to the public

Tuesday April 4  @ 7 p.m.
Book Launch celebration for Manhattanville MFA alumna Laurel Peterson
Join us to help Laurel Peterson, novelist and Norwalk Connecticut’s Poet Laureate, celebrate the release of “Do You Expect Your Art to Answer,” a collection of ekphrastic poetry. Laurel earned her MA in 1995  and her MFA in 2014.
Barat House
This event is free and open to the public

Saturday April 22  @ 1 p.m.
‘Flow’ Into Writing workshop with poet and hypnotist Kristin Prevallet
“Flow” is one of those words that teachers and writers use to describe a very nebulous state. This workshop we will bring together neuroscience and poetics  to deepen your innate understanding of this optimal state that might lead to heightened creativity. Read the full workshop description.
Barat House, 1-3 p.m.
Suggested donation: $20 at door. MFA students attend free.

Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Manhattanville MFA’s One-day
Graphic Novel Writing Conference
The workshop features Paul Levitz, past president of DC Comics, and others.
Workshop requires $75 registration
For more information, contact




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