The Absolutely Most Up-to-Date Homecoming Schedule

This promises to be one of the most amazing homecoming weekends!

Here is the absolutely most up-to-date homecoming schedule!

Homecoming, May 27-31, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

5:15-6:30 p.m. Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence: John Patrick Shanley, author of Doubt. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom)

THURSDAY, MAY 28

1:00-1:30 p.m. Registration. (Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room)

Pick up short reading for Literary Chat, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. Friday

1:30-2:00 p.m. Alumni Gathering (Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room)

Gather, say hello to old friends, and hear a Welcome Home from Sena. Light refreshments.

2:00 p.m. Urban Bourbon Trail (tour leaves from the Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room)

Led by Marjetta Geerling and Omar Figueras. Catch up with us at any point on the trail between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Text Marjetta at 305-695-9619 for the group’s current location.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Uncorking the Mystery of Publishing across Genres (Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room)

An informal conversation about the experience of placing your work. Share how your work ended up in the hands of agents and editors, and learn from the experiences of other alums.

5:15-6:30 p.m. Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom)

–     Crystal Wilkinson (fiction), Water Street

–     K.L. Cook (fiction), Love Songs for the Quarantined

–     Helena Kriel (screenwriting), Skin

–     Edie Hemingway (writing for children & young adults), Road to Tater Hill

–     Silas House (fiction), Same Sun Here; The Coal Tattoo

–     Kathleen Driskell (poetry), Peck and Pock: A Graphic Poem

–     Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

7:30-9:30 p.m. Alumni Play Festival and Film Festival (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat B)

Hosted by Justin Dobring and Laura Morton Mattingly.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

9:00-11:15 a.m. Alumni Workshops.

Fiction: Short Story (LIB328)

Fiction: Partial Novel (LIB329)

Poetry (LIB327)

Playwriting/Screenwriting (LIB202)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. A Literary Chat*, facilitated by Nancy Long. (LIB329)

We’ll be discussing three wonderful (and short!) pieces that each have elements of both poetry and prose: a haibun (prose and haiku), a prose poem, and a work of zuihitsu, which is a genre of Japanese literature that generally consists of a series of loosely connected, fragmented essays, ideas, word pictures, and/or poems. We’ll talk about whatever aspects of craft or content strike our fancy and explore each of the styles/genre a bit, to see if it might be something we’d want to try on our own.

*Readings to be distributed at Homecoming Registration.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch. Alumni have lunch on their own. The ELC deli, a.k.a. the “Pelican POD,” serves subs, pizza, and salads. (Students are attending a catered lunch on campus.)

1:30-2:15 p.m. Alumni Faculty Lecture. (ELC Lectorium)

Silas House. “The Transformation of Beauty Into Action.”

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken…even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood,” Audre Lorde once wrote. This lecture will expand on that notion and explore the ways that writing must seek to transform and be activist in its many ways, by telling one’s truth, by standing up for what one believes in, by observing and preserving. We will look at examples from writers like Marilynne Robinson, Larry Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and others.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Guest Lecture: Magazine Publishing. (ELC Lectorium)

Cathy Medwick. “What Happened to My Essay?: How to Survive Writing for Magazines.”

You pitch an essay to a magazine editor and you get a rejection by return email. Or you hear nothing for months. Or ever. Or, hallelujah, your idea is accepted, you turn in the piece . . . and the edit barely resembles what you wrote. This lecture will explore the not-unbridgeable chasm between your artistic goals and the more pragmatic goals of the magazine: what to expect from the editing process, how to constructively interact with your editor, how to cut your losses when necessary, and how to predict whether the result will be worth the effort.

 

3:45-5:00 p.m. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. All students, alumni, and faculty welcome. Book signing to follow at SPLoveFest book expo. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation Room)

–     Priscilla Atkins (’08), The Café of Our Departure

–     Sherry Palmer (’12), Life with Charley: A Memoir of Down Syndrome Adoption

–     Aimee Zaring (’05), Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

–     Colleen Wells (’10), Dinner with Doppelgangers: A True Story of Madness and Recovery

–     Karen George (’09), Swim Your Way Back

–     Barry George (’09), The One That Flies Back

–     Foust (’08), The Sins of Omission

–     Marci Johnson (’05), The Eyes of the Window

–     Kit (Willihnganz) Alloway (’08), Dreamfire

–     Darlyn Finch Kuhn (’09), Sewing Holes

–     Rosemary Rhodes Royston (’09), Splitting the Soil

5:00-6:00 p.m. SPLoveFest. Alumni and students display their books, journals, and anthologies and/or bring promotional material regarding artistics endeavor such as plays, movies, podcasts, literary services, blogs, websites, and more. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat)

6:00-7:00 p.m. The Flame: MFA Storytelling Open Mic. Oral storytelling by students. Alumni welcome. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

9:00 p.m. Alumni After-Party Literary Reading. A slate of alumni read from their work. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

Teneice Durrant hosts.

SATURDAY, MAY 30

9:00-10:15 a.m. Breakfast Mixer for alumni, Spring 2015 graduates, faculty, and staff. (Mansion Drawing/Dining Room)

10:30-11:30 a.m. Regional Alumni Breakout Sessions. Alumni meet together, then breakout by region to discuss possible regional events. (Gather in the 3rd floor lobby of the library. Breakout rooms: LIB327, LIB328, LIB329, and LIB202)

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Diana M. Raab Professional Development Sessions.

  • Alumni panel. “Living the Writing Life,” with Justin Dobring, Teneice Durrant, Katrina Kittle, Terry Price, Julie Stewart, and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Alumni reflect on the many ways they keep writing alive in their day-to-day lives. (ELC Troutman Lectorium)
  • Dan Distasio. “Creature from the E-lagoon: Navigating the Murky Science and Fiction of Online Teaching” (LIB329)

According to the Babson Survey Research Group, about 7.1 million college students take online classes. Good news for writers seeking faculty positions that offer flexibility, income and time to write. Sounds great? Not so fast. Online schools are big business, and traditional schools are following the money trail. Whether you teach for a private liberal arts school or a mega for-profit institution, online teaching is a demanding, challenging and frustrating endeavor. This session will examine the different schools and options available to potential online instructors, and the expectations, exaggerations, and exasperations related to online teaching. Welcome to the E-lagoon!

  • Vickie Weaver. One-on-one agent pItch sessions. Reservation required. (Mansion)

2:30-3:30 p.m. PGRA and staff reading. (ELC Troutman Lectorium)

  • Margaret Harrington (’13)
  • Maria Steinmetz (’14)
  • Mark Vorenkamp (’14)
  •  Ashley Cook (’14)
  • Mary Knight (’13)
  • Ellyn Lichvar (’07)
  • Katy Yocom (’03)

3:45-5:45 p.m. Alumni Workshops.

Fiction: Short Story (LIB328)

Fiction: Partial Novel (LIB329)

Poetry (LIB327)

Playwriting/Screenwriting (LIB202)

6:00 p.m. Graduation. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

After-graduation reception. All welcome. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

7:30 p.m. Champagne Toast and Farewell Dinner. Purchase ticket from Katy to attend. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat Room)

SUNDAY, MAY 31

Have a safe trip! Put the next Homecoming on your calendar now: June 2-5, 2016.

Register for alumni workshop by March 31

The Spalding MFA in Writing Alumni Association is pleased to announce that workshops will be offered at Homecoming 2015 (May 27 to May 31). All participants must sign up for workshops no later than March 31, 2015. These free workshops will have no more than four or five participants.

Homecoming Workshops have been assigned to the dates and times below: (Room Assignments will be posted later)

Fri. May 29 – 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Sat. May 30 – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

As we did last year, writers must submit their piece at the time they commit to the workshop. We are also recruiting workshop leaders.

 If you’d like to participate in a workshop kindly read the directions below and submit your work along with:

1.      YOUR NAME

2.      EMAIL

3.      WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A WORKSHOP LEADER?

4.      GENRE:

A.    Fiction short story (up to 20 pages)

B.     Short CNF (up to 20 pages)

C.     Partial book length Fiction (up to 100 pages)

D.    Partial book length CNF (up to 100 pages)

E.      W4C&YA

F.       Poetry (3 to 5 poems no more than 10 pages)

G.    Screenwriting

H.     Playwriting

5. Would you consider leading a workshop?

Please send the above information to me at: bilodeau19@comcast.net No later than March 31, 2015. I will make every effort to get materials to participants by April 15, 2015.

If you are interested in workshop participation, please keep in mind the following:

1.       You must read all materials and come prepared to give verbal and written feedback to participants in your workshop. Participants must submit 1-3 type written pages of critique to each workshop participant as well as verbal feedback. All written feedback must be distributed at the time of the workshop.

2.      Once you commit to a workshop please keep in mind that some participants purchase airline tickets and pay for hotel stays in advance. Only commit if you are sure you can attend.

3.      Each workshop will be assigned a leader. The leader will review all workshop materials in advance of the workshop for suitability.

4.      During workshop we will follow the rules set forth by the MFA program. Verbal critiques should be focused on the strength of the submission followed by weaknesses and suggestions for improvement.

5.      Though the purpose of the workshop is to provide critique, conversation about craft points and craft books is encouraged, keeping in mind time allotments.

 

Register for Homecoming 2015 on The Spalding Alumni MFA in Writing website pages and the Homecoming 2015 schedule.   

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming 2015.

Alumni Workshops at Homecoming 2015

The Spalding MFA in Writing Alumni Association is pleased to announce that workshops will be offered at Homecoming 2015 (May 27 to May 31)

 The Homecoming 2015 schedule is available. There is an exciting list of events planned and if you haven’t already, now is the time to register. A registration link is available on that page. More information about Homecoming events will follow.

Homecoming Workshops have been assigned to the dates and times below: (Room Assignments will be posted later)

Fri. May 29 – 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Sat. May 30 – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All workshops will have no more than 4 or 5 participants.

As we did last year, we are asking everyone to submit their writing at the time they commit to the workshop. We are also recruiting Workshop Leaders.

If you’d like to participate in a workshop kindly read the directions below and submit your work along with:

 YOUR NAME

  1. EMAIL
  2. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A WORKSHOP LEADER?
  3. GENRE:
  4. Fiction short story (up to 20 pages)
  5. Short CNF (up to 20 pages)
  6. Partial book length Fiction (up to 100 pages)
  7. Partial book length CNF (up to 100 pages)
  8. W4C&YA
  9. Poetry (3 to 5 poems no more than 10 pages)
  10. Screenwriting
  11. Playwriting

Please send the above information to me at: bilodeau19@comcast.net No later than March 31, 2015. I will make every effort to get materials to participants by April 15, 2015.

 If you are interested in workshop participation, please keep in mind the following:

 You must read all materials and come prepared to give verbal and written feedback to participants in your workshop. Participants must submit 1-3 type written pages of critique to each workshop participant as well as verbal feedback. All written feedback must be distributed at the time of the workshop.

  1. Once you commit to a workshop please keep in mind that some participants purchase airline tickets and pay for hotel stays in advance. Only commit if you are sure you can attend.
  2. Each workshop will be assigned a leader. The leader will review all workshop materials in advance of the workshop for suitability.
  3. During workshop we will follow the rules set forth by the MFA program. Verbal critiques should be focused on the strength of the submission followed by weaknesses and suggestions for improvement.
  4. Though the purpose of the workshop is to provide critique, conversation about craft points and craft books is encouraged, keeping in mind time allotments.

 

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming 2015

 

Best Regards,

 

Linda

Homecoming 2015 – May 27-31

Here’s the information about the Spalding MFA in Writing homecoming celebration May 27-31, 2015. Register here.
Below is the schedule, which will be updated when the program announces the writer in residence.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
5:15-6:30 p.m. Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom)

THURSDAY, MAY 28

1:00-1:30 p.m. Registration.  (Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room) 

• Pick up short reading for Literary Chat


1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Alumni Gathering, Brown Hotel, 2nd floor, Bluegrass Room
Gather, say hello to old friends, and receive an official “Welcome Home”  from Sena Jeter Naslund 

2:00 p.m. Afternoon programming

• Urban Bourbon trail, led by Marjetta Geerling

Catch up with us at any point on the trail between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Text Marjetta at 305-695-9619 for the group’s current location.

• Another option, to be determined


5:15-6:15 p.m. Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing. Readings by MFA Faculty, including program directors Sena Jeter Naslund and Kathleen Driskell (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery Ballroom) 

7:30-9:30 p.m.  Alumni Film Festival (hosted by Laura Morton Mattingly) and Alumni Play Festival (hosted by Justin Dobring) (Brown Hotel, Secretariat B)

FRIDAY, MAY 29

9 a.m.-11:15. Alumni Workshops.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. A Literary Chat. Alumni gather to discuss a close reading of short pieces of work. Facilitated by Nancy Long. Readings to be distributed at Homecoming Registration. 

12:15- 1: 15 p.m. Lunch. (The ELC deli now serves subs, pizza, and salads.)

1:30-2:15 p.m. Alumni Faculty Lecture. (ELC Lectorium) Silas House. The Transformation of Beauty Into Action

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken…even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood,” Audre Lorde once wrote.  This lecture will expand on that notion and explore the ways that writing must seek to transform and be activist in its many ways, by telling one’s truth, by standing up for what one believes in, by observing and preserving. We will look at examples from writers like Marilynne Robinson, Larry Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, and others.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Cathy Medwick, magazine publishing. (ELC Lectorium) 

3:45-5:00 p.m. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni. All students, alumni, and faculty welcome. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation Room) Book signing with Celebration authors to follow at SPLoveFest book expo. 

5:00-6:00 p.m. SPLoveFest. Alumni and students display their books, journals, and anthologies and/or bring promotional material regarding any artistic endeavor such as plays, movies, podcasts, literary services, blogs, websites, and more. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat)

6:00-7:00 p.m. MFA Moth: oral storytelling by students (cross-genre follow-up session). Alumni welcome. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

9:00 p.m. Alumni After-Party Literary Reading (hosted by Teneice Durrant) A slate of alumni will be reading from their work. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

SATURDAY, MAY 30

9:00-10:15 a.m. Breakfast Mixer for alumni, Spring 2015/Fall 2015 graduates, faculty and staff. (Mansion Drawing/Dining Room)

10:30-11:30 a.m.  Regional Alumni Breakout Sessions. Alumni meet together, then breakout by region to discuss possible regional events. 3rd floor, Library 

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Concurrent Panel, Presentation, and Agent Pitch 

• Living the Writing Life Alumni Panel with Teneice Durrant, Katrina Kittle, Terry Price, Julie Stewart, Justin Dobring, and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Alumni reflect on the many ways they keep writing alive in their day-to-day lives, including: inspiration and caring for your art in the midst of “real life,” ways that writing intersects with your life and other endeavors, and ways to use your MFA in addition to teaching. Each panelist will speak briefly then there will be a time for questions and lots of discussion.
• Dan Distasio: Creature from the E-lagoon: Navigating the Murky Science and Fiction of Online Teaching

According to the Babson Survey Research Group, about 7.1 million college students take online classes (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2015).  Good news for writers seeking faculty positions that offer flexibility, income and time to write. Sounds great? Not so fast.  Online schools are big business, and traditional schools are following the money trail.  Whether you teach for a private liberal arts school, or a mega for-profit institution, online teaching is a demanding, challenging and frustrating endeavor.   This session will examine the different schools and options available to potential online instructors, and the expectations, exaggerations, and exasperations related to online teaching.  Welcome to the E-lagoon!

• Agent Pitches with Vickie Weaver – If you’re ready to pitch your work to an agent, Vickie will give you a one-on-one opportunity to present to her and then she will give you feedback and ideas to improve your chances of getting an agent that’s right for you. This opportunity must be scheduled in advance of Homecoming with Vickie personally so that you can be prepared and there will be time for each presentation. Spots are limited and it’s first come, first serve. Email Vickie at dirtyoven@yahoo.com


2:15-3:15 p.m. Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing. PGRAs read from works-in-progress. (ELC Lectorium)

3:30-5:30 p.m. Alumni Workshops.

6:00 p.m. Graduation. (Brown Hotel, 16th floor, Gallery)

After-graduation reception. All welcome. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation)

7:30 p.m. Champagne Toast and Farewell Dinner. (Purchase ticket from Katy to attend.) (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat Room.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1

Have a safe trip! Put the next Homecoming on your calendar now. June 2-5, 2016.