AWP Conference 2020
San Antonio, TX, March 4-7
Panel: Close Readings: Experiments in Bibliomemoir. The bibliomemoir—“a subspecies of literature combining criticism and biography with the intimate, confessional tone of autobiography” (Joyce Carol Oates)—is not a new genre, but it is experiencing a surge of popularity. What characterizes bibliomemoir, with its intense focus on one text and merging of criticism and memoir? Five writers of creative critical texts on books by writers including Cormac McCarthy, Cheryl Strayed, and Karl Ove Knausgaard discuss their work and this elastic genre.
Panel: Women in Open Spaces: Life after the (Un)remarkable Journey. Many women’s narratives emphasize redemption, self-acceptance, or working through of hardship that comes from traveling through open spaces, but what about the details often omitted from these stories? This diverse panel of women will discuss their journeys, including thru-hikes in America and abroad, driving through national parks, and walking neighborhood trails; the difficult transitions back to “real life”; and how, for some, those spaces replicate the trauma from which they seek an escape.
dates and locations TBA
AWP Conference details
The Cuba Writers Program
An 8-day expedition and writing workshop in Cuba
2020 dates announced fall 2019
The Cuba Writers Program combines writing workshops with ethical travel, conversations with Cuban writers, lectures on the history of Cuba and elements of its literary history, and visits to art collections, paladares, Hemingway’s home, and sites of political, aesthetic, and historical interest. For more information:
The Cuba Writers Program
The Newport MFA
Alden Jones, core faculty in nonfiction/fiction
Our vibrant low-residency program confers an MFA in creative writing in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Newport, Rhode Island is a vacationland steeped in cultural and literary history – home to novelists and to novels by Henry James, Thornton Wilder and Edith Wharton.
The Newport MFA immerses students in the creative life through an intensive study of the craft of writing guided by dedicated faculty. Residencies consist of daily workshops, craft lectures, manuscript consultations, and keynote readings, initiating students into the writing life as well as the business of publishing and editing. Students spend the months between residencies writing and reflecting in an individualized mentorship with eminent writers.
The Newport MFA in creative writing is dedicated to the rigor of graduate study, to providing outstanding guides and mentors in the field, and to balancing the solitude of writing with a dynamic community experience.