Homecoming: May 29 – June 2, 2019

Spalding MFA Homecoming Preview

May 29-June 2, 2019

Homecoming is free, but registration is required. Register now!

Download the Homecoming 2019 Schedule here!

Literary Chat: Haibun handout


2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Writing in Community session, led by Nancy Chen Long.

5:15 – 6:45 p.m. Alumni Dine-Around

7:00 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It (weather permitting)


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. T’ai Chi

9:00 – 10:00 Faculty Book in Common sessions

10:15-11:15 a.m. Faculty/guest lectures

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own

Throughout the day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you are welcome to share a “Practice Pitch Plus” session with Vickie Weaver (Fall ’05). Are you uncertain how to pitch your novel? Let’s work together in a mock pitch session, then discuss your novel and see where that takes us. We can also discuss query letters. Often, an aha! moment comes out of this conversation. Email Vickie at dirtyoven@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment. Times are flexible, and you should allow 30-60 minutes for our conference. These sessions are offered at no charge.


 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Homecoming Registration and Welcome Gathering

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Writing in Community Session 1. Nancy Chen Long (P ’13). Want some time to just write? Don’t it alone! Check out Writing in Community, a new Homecoming offering where alums gather together at the Mansion to do their creative thing. It’ll be cozy and quiet. You’ll be able to come and go as you please. Need to do a lot of talking? There will be break-out rooms! Need sustenance to fuel your writing surge? Red Hot Roasters will be right there with coffee, tea, and snacks (wear your nametag for free coffee and tea)! Creative energy fills a room of creative people doing their creative thing. Join us!
  • Writing for Children & YA, General Interest. Danette Haworth (W4CYA ’16), “The Power of Secondary Characters.”
  • Profession of Writing: Submissions, Part I. Annie Frazier Crandell (F ’17) and Kellie Carle (F ’16), “The Road to Publication: Strategies and Etiquette for Submitting to Literary Journals and Magazines.” This session will help you prepare for the Submissions Party on Saturday afternoon.

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Writing in Community Session 2
  • Generative session: Bridgett Jensen (CNF ’08) and Julie Stewart (F’10). “The Walking Principle: A Generative Session on the Practice of Walking and Writing.”

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Writing in Community Session 3

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Terese Marie Mailhot, Distinguished Visiting Writer, author of Heart Berries

7:00 – 9ish p.m. Old Louisville walking tour, led by David Dominé (F ’13).

Dinner on your own.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Q&A with Distinguished Visiting Writer Terese Marie Mailhot

 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Writing in Community Session 4

 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Generative sessions

  • Poetry, general interest. Barry George (P ’09), “Writing with the Originality of Issa.”
  • Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, general interest. Angela Jackson-Brown (F ’09), “Writing through Grief.”

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch break and nap time.

 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Faculty lectures and Homecoming breakouts

  • Profession of Writing. Charlotte Rains Dixon, “Private Teaching: Alternatives to Traditional Education.”
  • Movie screening and talkback: “Pale Blue Eye,” a short film by Keith Nixon (SW ’08). Loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-tale Heart.” (This session runs 30 minutes)
  • Fiction. Robin Lippincott, “The Moment of Singing: Virginia Woolf Finds Her Voice (with a coda)”

 3:30 – 4:30 and 4:45-5:45 p.m. Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni, Session I:

  • Teneice Durrant (P ’06), Glass Corset
  • Angela Jackson-Brown (F ’09), House Repairs
  • Mary Popham (F ’03), The Wife Takes a Farmer
  • Karen George (F ’09), A Map and One Year
  • Katerina Stoykova (P/CNF ’09), Second Skin

Session II:

  • Paul Ruben (F ’15), Terms of Engagement: Stories of the Father and Son
  • Alice Gorman (CNF ’05), Valeria Vose: A Novel
  • Heather Wyatt (P ’09), My Life With(out) Ranch
  • Phil Cohen (F ’16), Stories in a Flash
  • Savannah Sipple (P ’08), WWJD and Other Poems
  • Flora K. Schildknecht (F/SW ’14), Megafauna: Stories and Screenplay

 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Cash Bar, Book Sales and Signing.

 Dinner on your own.

 9:00 p.m. Alumni After-Party Literary Reading. Hosted by Teneice Durrant. Cash bar.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Sleep in!

10:30 – 11:30/11:45 a.m. 

  • Profession of Writing. Jenny Luper (F ’11), “Tired of Being Poor: How I Learned to Embrace Business Writing in For-Profit Companies.” (60 minutes)
  • Creative nonfiction. Elaine Neil Orr. Accessing Memory in Writing Memoir. Bring an evocative family photo and a phone or laptop for Internet access. (60 minutes)
  • Generative session. Fiction, CNF, W4C, general interest. Scott O’Connor, Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?—Writing About Place.” (75 minutes)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Homecoming lunch with alumni, faculty and new grads. 

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Nancy Chen Long (P ’13), Literary Chat. Haibun. Download the handout.

2:15 – 4:15 p.m. Submission Party! Hosted by Nancy Chen Long. Cash bar.
Submitting can be daunting and exhausting and sometimes we need the courage of our friends, as well as a fine beverage. You’ll be able to put into practice what you learned at “The Road to Publication” submission session. And if you didn’t attend the session—no worries! We’ll have lists of open markets, resources you can access on what certain might prefer, as well as envelopes, stamps, postcards for those few places that require snail mail submissions. If you plan to send out hard copies of your work, you’ll need to bring those copies, or print them from the Brown Hotel Office Center. Most markets accept electronic submissions. If you plan to submit electronically, you’ll need to bring your laptop.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Farewell Gathering. Light refreshments and a cash bar.

Afterward, alums have dinner on their own, or stay for graduation and farewell dinner if you’ve reserved a ticket… 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Graduation, reception, cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres.

7:30 p.m. Champagne Toast and Farewell Dinner for those who reserved a seat.


Homecoming attendees may opt to attend the 15th annual Spalding Day at the Downs, organized by Spalding University’s Advancement Office. You can register and pay online at https://givespalding.givingfuel.com/2019-spalding-day-at-the-downs. The event has sold out the past two years. Be sure to mention that you’re with the MFA program, so you can be seated with other MFAers! More details to come.

Homecoming is free, but registration is required. Register now!