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The On-Campus MFA Experience

Check this page for updates about upcoming events and exciting new on-campus classes. We hope you'll join our on-campus writing community!

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Upcoming Events

December 12, 2019

Come out for an evening of brief readings by our graduating MFA students!

The reading will take place from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Theater, Room 343 in the Library and Resource Center ("the LARC"). 

Readers:

  • Jeni Weidenbenner
  • Amanda Staely
  • Robert Dorr
  • Melle Elmes
  • Gerred Zingale
  • George Clark
  • James Kimborough
  • CJ Komo
  • Nanci Race
  • Casey Hoercher

 

September 25, 2019

Author Danual BerkleyJoin us on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 7:00pm-8:00pm to hear about children's book writing and self-publishing from author Danual Berkley. Berkley, who serves as a fireman by day and father by night, was moved to write children's books so that his young children would see more characters who look like them--for as he observes, "the world is diverse, and reading should be too!"

The event will take place in Harmon Hall, Room 136 on the St. Charles campus.

Feel free to contact Gillian Parrish, assistant professor, MFA in Writing program, with any questions: gparrish@lindenwood.edu

August 15, 2019

Come out for an evening of brief readings of faculty work. We'll be joined by a few alumni as well as faculty Tony D'Souza and Ted Morrissey, joining us via Zoom.

The reading will take place on Thursday, August 15th at 7pm in the Lindenwood Cultural Center, Room 202A. (Located 1/2-mile down from the Library in a converted 1960s-era church.)

Faculty Readers

  • Tony D’Souza
  • Wm. Anthony Connolly
  • Beth Mead
  • Gillian Parrish
  • Ted Morrissey
  • Chris Candice
  • Ron Austin
  • Pat Feeney
  • Kendra Hayden

Alumni Readers

  • Elisabeth Horan
  • Jesse Bradley
  • Chris Duggan
  • Amanda Bramley

Past Events

2019

June 5, 2019

MFA Craft Talk: TaraShea Nesbitt and Shena McAuliffe

TaraShea Nesbit author photoShena McAuliffe author photo

Upcoming MFA Craft Talk with authors TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAuliffe

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 7 -8 p.m. to hear two innovative historical fiction writers - TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAuliffe. Share their insights on transmitting truth through fiction and making fictive lives feel real on the page. 

Wives of Los Alamos book coverNesbit’s book, The Wives of Los Alamos, a New York Times Editor's Choice and Amazon Best Book of the Month, uses a first-person plural point of view to explore the insular lives of the wives of the scientists who built the atomic bomb in the New Mexican desert during WWII. Nesbit's work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Collagist, Fourth Genre and other journals. She joins us from Miami University in Ohio. 

The Good Echo book coverMcAuliffe’s book, The Good Echo, rooted in research on a forward-thinking yet flawed dentist of the 1930s, opens in the voice of a ghost child, telling the story of his mother and father. McAuliffe's short stories and essays have nominated for Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in various journals as well as in the Best American Short Stories anthologies. She joins us from Union College in New York.

Nesbit and McAuliffe are old friends, a nice reminder of writers’ working friendships. Come enjoy an energizing evening for writers and readers!

The event, part of the MFA in Writing program’s Craft Talks series, will take place in Harmon Hall, Room 136, on the main Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles. Admission is free. Co-sponsor Left Bank Books will have books available for the authors to sign.

A flier is attached HERE if you care to share via email or post in your office or favorite local coffee shop. Feel free to bring friends, co-workers, and family.

(Directions: From 70, travel south on Kingshighway. You will cross First Capitol Street, and enter campus by turning left on Watson Street, a small road at the northern edge of the old campus. On Watson Street, pass your first left into campus. Drive 0.1 miles and take your second left into campus. Harmon Hall is on your right, down the hill. Turn right and right again into the Harmon parking lot. Parking is available in front of Harmon Hall. Signs will be posted to mark the route.)

Feel free to contact Gillian Parrish, assistant professor, MFA in Writing program, with any questions: gparrish@lindenwood.edu

March 28, 2019

MFA Craft Talk: Kij Johnson

Author Kij JohnsonMark your calendars for Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 7:00pm-8:00pm to hear award-winning fantasy and sci-fi author Kij Johnson share her insights from her experiences as a novelist and editor. (One need not be a fantasy or science fiction fan to benefit from the craft talk—Johnson is an engaging speaker with keen insights into the inner workings of fiction!)

At the Mouth of the River of Bees coverJohnson’s work has been recognized with three Nebulas, two World Fantasy Awards, and the Hugo, the Sturgeon, and various other awards. Her most recent books are The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (a re-telling of an H.P. Lovecraft tale through the eyes of a female protagonist—read a review from NPR); "The River Bank" (a sequel to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows); and her first collection of short fiction, At the Mouth of the River of Bees, published by Kelly Link’s Small Beer Press (read a review). Johnson also wrote two wonderful novels set in Heian Japan: The Fox Woman and Fudoki. 

Vellit Boe book coverKij has worked in publishing, comics, trading card and roleplaying games, and tech. She currently serves as associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas, where she is also associate director for the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

The event, part of the MFA in Writing program’s Craft Talks series, will take place in Harmon Hall, Room 136, on the main Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsor Left Bank Books will have books available for Kij Johnson to sign.

A flier is attached if you care to share via email or post in your office or favorite local coffeeshop. Feel free to bring friends, co-workers, and family.

(Directions: From 70, travel south on Kingshighway. You will cross First Capitol Street, and enter campus by turning left on Watson Street, a small road at the northern edge of the old campus. On Watson Street, pass your first left into campus. Drive 0.1 miles and take your second left into campus. Harmon Hall is on your right, down the hill. Turn right and right again into the Harmon parking lot. Parking is available in front of Harmon Hall. Signs will be posted to mark the route.)

Feel free to contact Gillian Parrish, assistant professor, MFA in Writing program, with any questions: gparrish@lindenwood.edu

2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 "Write-In" on Campus

Lindenwood University (St. Charles Campus) will be hosting a few "Write Ins" in our new Library building (which is happily home to a Starbucks)!

What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month.

What does it mean? Get your fingers on the keys--in the company of a community who understands the chaos of creative process

All genres welcome! Crank out haikus, make a mess with memoir, and of course, noodle with a novel!

Wondering when and where?

Best for working folks:
Thurs. Nov 8th, 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Lindenwood Library and Resource Center (LARC), Third Floor, Room #333 (Writing Center)

And if your daytimes are free:
Thurs. Nov. 15th, 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Lindenwood Library and Resource Center (LARC), Third Floor, Room #319
Thurs. Nov. 29th, 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Lindenwood Library and Resource Center (LARC), Third Floor, Room #319

Directions: Exit 228. Turn right off the exit, if coming from St. Louis). (This is MO-94 E/S 1st Capitol Dr). Drive about a mile. A shopping center is on the right. When you get to First Capitol, turn left into the little lane leading into the Library and Resource Center, a large building with big, patterned windows.

Grab a coffee/hot cocoa, and we'll have some snacks too!

August 11, 2018

Craft Talk with Kali VanBaale

Ann Leckie Craft Talk video available now! 

May 1, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our first Lindenwood Craft Talk with Ann Leckie. The full video is now available on our Craft Talks page.

Our summer on-campus cluster will be The Writing Process: Short Fiction, taught by Kendra Hayden. See the course description and other info

Check this page for future craft talks and other upcoming literary events at Lindenwood University. 

A note from Assistant Professor Gillian Parrish about the on-campus MFA experience

Hello and Happy 2018 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 25, 2018

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--feel free to promote to friends, co-workers, and family. And to email me with any questions!

2) "Microworlds": Spring 2018 On-Campus Cluster on Flash Forms

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, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

3) Student Research Conference Spring 2018

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 26. Or you can self-nominate.

The event will be held on April 18. Find out more.

 

4) Twitter account: Please follow us on Twitter:

@LindenwoodMFA

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)!

Gillian Parrish
Assistant Professor of Writing
gparrish@lindenwood.edu

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301