Check this page for updates about upcoming events and exciting new on-campus classes. We hope you'll join our on-campus writing community!
Not yet in the MFA program? Find out how to begin the admissions process HERE.
Coming Up on 8/11/18: Craft Talk with Kali VanBaale
Our summer on-campus cluster will be The Writing Process: Short Fiction, taught by Kendra Hayden. See the course description and other info HERE.
Check this page for future craft talks and other upcoming literary events at Lindenwood University.
A note from faculty member Gillian Parrish about the on-campus MFA experience:
Hello and Happy New Year Missouri and Illinois MFA Writers,
I wanted to share information about a few different ways that we are building a community of writers and providing opportunities to present and hone your craft.
As a non-native of the area, I am finding the historic main street of St. Charles to be a cool place to grab coffee and dinner and enjoy a stroll with a little boutique shopping in its wonderful old shopfronts along the way. So these events might make a nice trip for folks living out of the immediate St. Louis area.
1) Lindenwood Craft Talk Visiting Author Series: Wednesday, April 25th [Save the Date!]
Please mark your calendar for 7:00pm on April 25th when we will be hosting award-winning author Ann Leckie. Ann is kindly helping us to kick off a new series of author talks: the Lindenwood Craft Talk series. Ann won every major international science fiction award (Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke) for her first books, the Ancillary series.
Note that you need not like science fiction to attend this event: Ann is a wonderful natural teacherly speaker who will provide expert insights about writing earned from years of hard-won experience.
Please see our flier HERE--feel free to promote to friends, co-workers, and family. And to email me with any questions! :]
2) "Microworlds" On Campus Cluster on Flash Forms this spring
MFA students who have been attending on-campus courses have shared with me how enriching the classroom experience and community of fellow writers has been for their growth as writers.
I will be teaching a flash course this spring designed to use this highly in-demand, publishable genre as a means for honing our precision in language, image, narrative movement, and self-editing skills--all of which will serve your longer projects well.
Please see the course flier HERE, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
3) Student Research Conference
On April 18th, Lindenwood University will hold its annual Student Research Conference.
Current students can present work (including poems, fiction, creative nonfiction) at the conference.
You will need to write a 250-word abstract in which you describe the approach and significance of your work. (For MFA students, this is more of an artist's statement, one that discusses your influences, approach in terms of genre/creative techniques, and why this work is relevant/meaningful/significant in the world.)
I can nominate you, if you wish, before February 26th. Or you can self-nominate.
The event will be held on April 18th. Find out more HERE.
4) Twitter account: Please follow us on Twitter:
We will be posting news about events and opportunities and curated content to spur our writing.
With every good wish to you all (and for your writing)!
Assistant Professor of Writing