The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College

Summer Writers’ Week June 2018

 ♦ June 18 through June 22 ♦
Click HERE to register.
Discounted registration opens Feb 15. Regular rate of $750 begins April 1
**Select genre workshop at time of registration**

This year’s featured guest and fiction 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, and 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 internationally, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

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 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 in Manhattan, 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 on the writing team for Season One of the TV Series, “Quantico” on ABC. Most recently she wrote the screen adaptation of Mitali Perkin’s YA novel Rickshaw Girl. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, Caravan Magazine, Inroads, and Wasafiri among others and is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly. Her debut collection, The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai: Stories was released in November 2013 by Daily Star Books.

Poetry Workshop with Melissa Tuckey


Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to social justice through the arts and based in Washington, D.C.  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,  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, including 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.

Summer Writers’ Week Programming Details:

**Housing: $200 for five nights (Sunday through Thursday). Participants stay in a single room in a suite with other workshop participants. Towels and sheets included.
Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on campus for a full-immersion experience.
Participants select one genre of concentration and attend genre workshops each morning.
Each afternoon, Summer Writers’ Week participants select from a variety of craft panels and mini-workshops to attend.

Afternoon and Evening Program:

Monday, June 18
Welcome Lunch
noon to 2 p.m
Crafting Commercial Fiction with Jane Cleland 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m
Fantasy Workshop with John Langan 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m
Dinner 6:00 p.m
Evening Event: Spooky Reading in the castle, with Jane Cleland and John Langan 7 p.m

Tuesday, June 19
Humor Workshop with Dan Zevin 1 to 2:15 p.m
Writing with Animals with Alan Felsenthal 2:30 to 4 p.m
Assembling the Poetry Manuscript with Suzanne Parker 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m
Publishing Alternatives with Melissa Marino 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m
Evening Event: Keynote reading with Dani Shapiro 7 p.m

Wednesday, June 20
Writing Mystery with Anderson Smith 1 to 2:15 p.m
Crafting Memoir with Michael N. McGregor, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Mind-Body Writing with Kristin Prevallet 1 to 4 p.m
Writing for Social Justice with Melissa Tuckey 4 to 5 p.m
Evening Event: Faculty Reading 7 p.m

Thursday, June 21
Young Adult Workshop with Nora Baskin 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m
Graphic Narrative for Newbies with Mira Jacob 1 to 4 p.m
Evening Event: Student Reading 5  p.m until we’re done!
(Pizza dinner)

Friday, June 22
Submission marathon and closing reception Noon to 2 p.m