The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Summer Writers’ Week returns!

 ♦ June 18 through June 22 ♦
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This year’s featured guest and workshop leader:

Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, Granta, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and have been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Dani has been Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she currently teaches private workshops nationally and international
ly, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

New this year:
Graphic Nopotts picvel Workshop with Carl Potts

CARL POTTS is joining our Summer Writers’ Week morning workshop roster to help writers break in to graphic narrative. This can mean writing a novel, memoir, or comics. Potts will help writers learn the craft of visual storytelling and the correct manner of formatting a graphic narrative “script.” Potts created of Alien Legion for MARVEL comics. As an editor at Marvel, he discovered and/or mentored many top comics creators including Arthur Adams, Jon Bogdanove, June Brigman, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Mike Okamoto, Whilce Portacio, Terry Shoemaker, and others. He edited such titles as The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, The Defenders, The ThingAlpha Flight, and Moon Knight, as well as the newly created Amazing High Adventure. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts. Academy of Art University, and SUNY Purchase. In 2013, he published The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Returning workshop faculty:
Dramatic Writing Workshop with Sharbari Ahmed


Bangladeshi-American screenwriter, playwright, and author Sharbari Ahmed was a member of the sharbariwriting team for the network series Quantico. The screenplay for Ahmed’s debut feature film, Raisins Not Virgins, was one of the 37 projects selected by the Tribeca Film Institute for their annual Tribeca All Access program. She is author of the story collection, The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai. Sharbari earned an MFA from NYU.

Poetry Workshop with Melissa Tuckey


Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national organization Melissa Tuckeydedicated to poetry of provocation and witness. She is author of a book of poems, Tenuous Chapel, selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award in 2013, and is editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming in fall of 2017 from University of Georgia Press. Recent poems have appeared in Cutthroat, Kenyon Review, and Missouri Review. Melissa has a background in environmental activism and an MFA from George Mason University.

Non-Fiction Workshop with Michael N. McGregor


Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Fordham University Press, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. His essays, articles and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, includingmichael_mcgregor The Seattle Review, Story Quarterly, Poetry, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Notre Dame Magazine and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Among his honors and awards are the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and a Best American Essays Notable Essay selection. McGregor is an award-winning professor and former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.

Afternoon Craft Sessions

Each afternoon, Summer Writers’ Week participants select from a variety of craft panels and mini-workshops.

These will include:
• Writing commercial fiction
• Preparing your poetry manuscript
• Graphic novel short-course
• Starting a small press
• Writing for young adults
And more…

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