The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Summer Writers’ Week 2017


Manhattanville College’s 32nd Summer Writers’ Week is June 19-23. Early (discounted) registration opens March 1. At our Writers’ Week, each day begins with a workshop, then afternoons feature craft panels and events. Evenings feature faculty readings and a keynote reader, and these evening readings are free and open to the public. For an immersive experience, housing is available on campus for workshop participants. Have a look at the full schedule, and read on for descriptions of our special guests and faculty:


Keynote Reader: Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O’Neill is the author of four novels, including Netherland, which won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2009 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. Critics have called Netherland the best book to respond to the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. O’Neill’s most recent novel, The Dog, published in 2014, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and named a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times. He is the distinguished visiting professor of written arts at Bard College.
Join us for O’Neill’s keynote reading and discussion on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the West Room at Manhattanville’s Reid Castle. The reading is open to the public.

Special guest Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen 2Rivka Galchen is the author of a book of nonfiction, Little Labors, and the novel Atmospheric Disturbances. She is a contributor to The New Yorker, as wells as Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and The Believer. She holds an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, spent a year in South America working on public health issues, and earned an MFA at Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She lives in New York City.

Workshop Faculty

Poetry: 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. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Fiction: Mitchell Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years earned praise from The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 7.11.08 PM
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.

Non-Fiction: 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.

Dramatic Writing: 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 and lives in Connecticut.

Young Adult: Meagan Brothers is the author of Debbie Harry Sings in French, a 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and its prequel, Supergirl Mixtapes.  Her most recent novel, Weird Girl and What’s meaganbrothersHis Name, was named one of Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2015.  Her poetry has appeared most recently in Before Passing, a Great Weather for Media anthology, and in the upcoming issue of POSTblank Magazine.  Meagan has also been, variously, a musician, a performing poet, a record store clerk, and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College.  A native Carolinian, she currently lives and works in New York City.


Registration opens March 1 ♦ Housing available ♦ Schedule subject to change

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Summer Writers’ Week Program Details

**Housing: $45 per night for a single room in a suite, towels and sheets included.
Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on campus for a full-immersion experience
**Select Workshop at time of registration
Early discounted registration opens March 1. Regular rate of $750 begins April 1

In addition to faculty teaching workshops in five genres, our summer faculty include special guest author Rivka Galchen,  Small press publisher and poet Alan Felsenthal ◊New York Time Book Review editor Greg Cowles ◊ Mystery novelist Con Lahane ◊ Poet Suzanne Parker ◊ Poet and hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet.

Writers’ Week offerings, day-by-day

Monday June 19:
8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
Daily Core Workshops 9:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon schedule:
Graphic Novel Workshop
 with Carl Potts
Breaking into Television Discussion with Sharbari Ahmed
Evening event: Faculty reading

Tuesday June 20
Daily Core Workshops 9:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon schedule:
Mystery Writing Workshop 
with Con Lehane
Writing for Social Justice Discussion with Melissa Tuckey
Evening event: Faculty reading

Wednesday June 21
Daily Core Workshops 
9:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon schedule:
Writing the Fantastic Workshop with John Langan
Starting a Small Press: A Primer Discussion with Alan Felsenthal
Special Afternoon Craft Session with Rivka Galchen
Wednesday, June 21: Keynote reading with Joseph O’Neill

Thursday June 22
Daily Core Workshops 
9:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon schedule:
Writing and the Body-Mind Connection with Kristin Prevallet
The Art of Writing Reviews Discussion with Greg Cowles
Structuring the Poetry Manuscript with Suzanne Parker
Evening event: Student reading

Friday June 23
Daily Core Workshops 
9:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon schedule:
Closing BBQ
Afternoon Submission Marathon
What better way to end a week of writing than by committing to send your work out?
Our summer faculty will offer guidance to help students send finished writing to literary journals and elsewhere.