The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Fall Events Calendar 2017

The following are events sponsored by the MFA program. Alumni and current students are encouraged to attend. Events that are open to the public are noted.

Monday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m.
Welcome Back Dinner (for all enrolled MFA students)
New and returning students meet each other over pizza. Please plan to attend. You’ll learn about developments in the program and to greet your peers.
Barat House

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m.
Literary Lunch (for alumni and current students)
Social literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele over a lunch sponsored by rotating MFA/MAW program alumni.
Barat House

Every Friday, Starting Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.
RiverRiver Writing Workshop
Join writers from the region in this generative workshop led by RiverRiver organizer and Manhattanville MFA graduate Donna Miele. This is open to writers of all levels and genres who are interested in generating new work and sharing with a writing community.
Barat House
Join us every Friday for this event during the Fall semester!

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Food Justice Conference with Special Guest Dan Barber/writing workshop with Aria Beth Sloss
This day of panels, demonstrations, and discussions will be kicked off with a reading and talk by chef and author Dan Barber of Westchester’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Barber is author of “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.” A three-hour writing workshop for writers interested in food writing in all of its various forms will be offered in the afternoon, led by novelist and Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Aria Beth Sloss—who also happens to be married to Mr. Barber.
Campus wide.
Dan Barber’s talk and other Food Justice events are free and open to the public.
Workshop with Aria Beth Sloss is $150.
Register at
For more information, contact Lori Soderlind, MFA director, at

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
**Meet the Writers: Stephanie Powell Watts.
Novelist Stephanie Powell Watts’s Novel “No One is Coming to Save Us” reimagines Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby” with a black family at the center.
**This event is free and open to the public.
Contact Lori Soderlind, MFA director, at
Or visit for more information
Barat House

Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
**Middle Grade Book Celebration with alumna Meira Rosenberg
Celebrate the release of Meira Rosenberg’s new book “Indiana Bamboo” at this panel discussion on writing and publishing for Middle Grade readers. Panelists will include Middle Grade authors and editors.
**This event is free and open to the public.
Barat House

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Meet the Writers: Steven Willis
Poet Steven Willis uses his writing to address issues of our time. His themes often include urban and religious experiences approached with the influence of of hip hop and classic literature. Willis is a Manhattanville College alumnus. His spoken word career began at the age of 15 as a particpant of Louder Than A Bomb, where he was Louder Than A Bomb University’s 2014 Individual Champion. He is a contributing writer for BreakBeat Poets Anthology, a member of Nuyorican Poetry Team 2015, Brooklyn Slam Team 2016 and an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist.
Ophir Room

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
**“The Poetic Dream” with author Tzivia Gover
Participants in this cross-genre workshop will mine their dreams for inspiration, drawing on the teachings of writers who plumb the depths of dreams and the subconscious such as Ray Bradbury, Brenda Ueland, Robert Olen Butler and the poems of writers from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and more. Gover is the director of the Institute for Dream Studies and the author of Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life. She has also published a memoir, and many essays and poems.
Barat House
**This event is open to the public. A $20 donation is suggested.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Literary Lunch, Barat House (for alumni and current students)
Social literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele over a lunch sponsored by rotating program alumni.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20th – 22nd
FALL WRITERS WEEKEND with author and columnist MEGHAN DAUM
(Open to the Public or for academic credit to MFA students)
**alumni are encouraged to attend!! Workshop space is limited**
Join us for three days of reading, writing, and workshopping with novelist, essayist, memoirist and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum.
Barat House
Registration is required for this event.
Cost for non-credit registration: $250. For-credit registration is via the registrar’s office.
Register Here

Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
**Meet the Writers series: Meghan Daum
Memoirist, novelist, essayist, and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum will read from her work and join in a discussion about creative nonfiction writing in our current literary culture. Meghan is author of two essay collections, “My Misspent Youth,” and “The Unspeakable;” a memoir, “Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House,” and “The Quality of Life Report,” a novel. She also edited the best-selling anthology, “Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.” She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. Meghan was the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is on the adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
**Open to the public, free of charge
Ophir Room

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Meet the Writers Series: Hannah Tinti
The founding editor of “One Story” press will read from her new novel, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.” Tinti’s short story collection “Animal Crackers” was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, “The Good Thief,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Tinti is also a teacher and editor, and in 2011 became the literary commentator for NPR’s “Selected Shorts” program.
**Open to the public, free of charge
West Room, Reid Castle

Saturday, Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m.
Publishing Alternatives panel with MFA alumni Tom Lynch and Melissa Marino, and author John Langan
Is the only way to get published through a literary agent or with one of the Big Five? No! Come find out about publishing alternatives! The alumni and editors on this panel will discuss small press publication, electronic/online ‘Zines, self publishing and more. We’ll also cover ways to promote yourself and your work.
Barat House on Manhattanville Campus

  • Tom lynch, panel moderator: As president of Miskatonic River Press, Tom Lynch published a number of critically acclaimed, award-winning books in varying formats, still for sale on Amazon today. As a writer, Tom’s fiction has appeared in a number of magazines, and books, both online and in print, all with small presses. Tom is a 2017 graduate of the MFA Program.
  • John Langan is the author of four books, all of which have been published with small presses:  two novels, The Fisherman  (Word Horde 2016) and House of Windows (Night Shade 2009), and two collections, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (Hippocampus 2013) and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime 2008).
  • Melissa Marino is a two-time Mville alumna (undergraduate and MFA), a licensed mental health counselor, and creative writing instructor. She’s published ten commercial novels, and continues to write genre fiction and young adult stories.”

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Literary Lunch (alumni and current students only)
Social literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele over a lunch sponsored by rotating program alumni.
Barat House

Monday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Program Dinner
Celebrate the end of the semester with Program Director Lori Soderlind, who will make her world-famous vegetarian chili and will also make you read a poem.
Barat House
Open to current students, faculty, and alumni. Participation encouraged!!
***Please Note: The date was originally Dec. 4th but had been changed to Dec. 11th.

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