The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Spring 2018 Events Calendar

The MFA program sponsors workshops, a reading series, and more. Most events are open to the public and alumni and current students are encouraged to attend.


JANUARY:

Fridays, beginning Jan. 5, 1 p.m. (Meets Every Friday)
River River Friday 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

Scholastic Writing Awards Adjudication
Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
See what the young and the talented are writing! MFA students, alumni, authors, and other writing professionals are welcome to join us for a day of reading and scoring submissions to the regional Scholastic creative writing contest. Entries come from all grade levels, and an orientation and instructions in the adjudication process is provided by Writopia, the local organization that oversees the regional contest. Breakfast and lunch are provided. It’s a fun day of reading and giving something back to young writers.
Barat House Classroom
Registration required.
MFA@mville.edu for more information

Six-Part Novel Writing Workshop with Phyllis Shalant
Jan 20, Feb 3, March 3, March 24, April 7, April 14
10 AM – 12:30 PM
Author and teacher Phyllis Shalant is returning to Manhattanville to work with writers who are ready to revise a book.  This workshop will help writers add depth and complexity to a long-form story by identifying issues in character development, intensifying drama, addressing pacing and plot, and tackling whatever else comes up.  Appropriate to fiction for adults as well as youth audiences. If you’ve got a work-in-progress, this workshop will help you move it toward publication.
$500 registration. Limited to six students.
Email MFA@mville.edu for more information
Barat House Room 5

Spring 2018 Welcome Back Dinner
Monday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.
Barat House

Kristen Prevallet “Flow Into Writing” Workshop
Saturday, Jan 27, 1 to 3 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.
Suggested donation: $20 at door. MFA students attend free.
Barat House


FEBUARY:

Literary Lunch
Thursday, Feb. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
A social event and literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele. Lunch is sponsored by rotating program alumni. These events are open to alumni, students, and all others who attend writing workshops and MFA Program events at the college.
Barat House

Writing for TV and Film Workshop – All Levels
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With Alana Sanko
Come learn about the ins and outs of writing for film and TV in today’s new age of indie films and binge-watching TV where there are more formats than ever to explore. The two-part (morning and afternoon) workshop will provide an overview of writing for film and TV, including idea generating, story structure, screenplay formatting and a review of resources invaluable to the writing process in this medium. Plus, students will have the opportunity to get feedback on pre-existing material. Don’t have any pre-existing material? Maybe it’s still in your head and not yet on the page. This is an opportunity to discuss that idea you can’t stop thinking about and to assess if it’s worthy of developing.  Get all of your questions answered by someone who has been on writing staffs, overseen writing staffs and pitched to networks at this one-day workshop with TV writer Alana Sanko, who will discuss the current creative and business side of television.
$40 Registration required
Barat House

Poetry Slam with Steven Willis
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Ophir Room of Reid Castle
Details to come.

Literary Lunch
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
A social event and literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele. Lunch is sponsored by rotating program alumni. These events are open to alumni, students, and all others who attend writing workshops and MFA Program events at the college.
Barat House


MARCH:

Inkwell Relaunch Party and Reading
Friday, March 2, 6 p.m.
Barat House

Day-long Young Adult Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Writing for the YA market– includes morning workshop with author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, “Trade Secrets: Writing for Children and Young Adults”; afternoon workshop with literary agent, Saba Sulaiman, “First Pages” with the opportunity to have your first page critiqued, and  afternoon panel discussion with Nora, Saba, and  Sourcebooks YA Editor, Kate Prosswimmer.
$50 registration required.
Barat House

Literary Lunch
Thursday, Mar. 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
A social event and literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele. Lunch is sponsored by rotating program alumni. These events are open to alumni, students, and all others who attend writing workshops and MFA Program events at the college.
Barat House

Meet the Writers: Tyler Wetherall
Tuesday March 20, 7 p.m.
Join the MFA program and Manhattanville’s undergraduate creative writing majors in celebrating the release of Tyler Wetherall’s memoir, “No Way Home.” Wetherall is a writer and journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The GuardianThe Telegraph, The Brooklyn Magazine, and Vice, amongst othersHer first book, No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run tells the story of her childhood as the daughter of an international pot smuggler, growing up on the run from the FBI. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, and she is Deputy Editor of literary journal The Wrong Quarterly. She also teaches journalism and creative writing at Manhattanville College.
This event is free and open to the public
Barat House

Manhattanville MFA’s One-day Graphic Novel Writing Conference
Saturday, Mar. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The workshop features Paul Levitz, past president of DC Comics, and others.
$75 registration required
For more information, contact MFA@mville.edu

Alumni reading
Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of two Manhattanville MAW/MFA alumni: Poet Gillian Lynn Katz and author John McCluskey. Katz’s chapbook “Kaleidoscope,” which draws from her childhood in South Africa and her experience starting over in the United States, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. McCluskey’s novella, “A Moment of Fireflies,” is the story of a family in Chicago and its alcoholic father, who drinks to blunt his own childhood wounds. The reading and discussion begins with a wine and cheese reception.
Barat House


APRIL:

Meet the Writers: Layli Long Soldier
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 7 p.m. (Location to be announced)
Layli Long Soldier is the author of the poetry collection Whereas (2017), which is a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first book was the chapbook Chromosomory (2010). She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and is poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation, an Oglala Lakota Native American reservation in South Dakota. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.
This event is free and open to the public

Literary Lunch
Tuesday, Apr. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
A social event and literary discussion led by MFA alumna Donna Miele. Lunch is sponsored by rotating program alumni. These events are open to alumni, students, and all others who attend writing workshops and MFA Program events at the college.
Barat House

Meet the Writers Series: Mitchell Jackson
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 7 p.m., Ophir Room of Reid Castle
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years earned praise from The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London; won a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence, and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the BreadLoaf Conference, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, Salon, and Tin House. He serves on the faculty at New York University and Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.
This event is free and open to the public

“The Art of The Pitch”
Saturday, April 21, 10 am – 4 pm
In this two-part event, participants will work with editor Katharine Sands or agent Ron Hogan to hone the “pitch” for a manuscript that is ready for publication. After a break for lunch during which writers will revise based on the morning’s feedback, each participant will have a one-on-one opportunity to pitch to Sands or Hogan and gain further feedback.
Barat House


MAY:

Graduating Students Reading
Friday May 4, 7 p.m. (Dinner at 6 p.m.)
The MFA program at Manhattanville requests that all recent graduates (fall 2016, spring 2017) attend a final reading, in which they share a five to seven minute excerpt of their work. All current and incoming students should also attend. Come celebrate the accomplishments of your peers in a fun, food-filled event! A barbecue will begin at 6 p.m, with the reading starting at 7.
Barat House
Please RSVP at mfa@mville.edu


JUNE:

Summer Writers’ Week 2018
Monday Jun. 18 to Friday Jun. 22
Reid Castle

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