The MFA program @ Manhattanville College invites you to attend afternoon and evening readings during its 29th Annual Summer Writers' Week event.
This year, we're honored to be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick and Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker) as our keynote speakers on Tuesday, June 26, @ 7pm in the West Room (Reid Castle).
And then there's other events with Justin Torres, Rita Williams Garcia, Nnedi Okorafor, Kao Kalia Yang, Sonya Chung, Joel Whitney, Ken Chen, Cara Benson, and Jeff Bens. For a complete schedule of times and locations, click here. Morning workshops are limited to registered conference guests, but afternoon readings and Tuesday's keynote with Warrick and Gourevitch are free and open to the public.
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Please join us in the Castle (East Library) at 6pm on Monday, May 7 as we gather to celebrate our 2012 creative writing graduates. There will be wine. There will be cheese. There will be poetry. There will be prose. Here's a list of our fabulous grads who will be reading:
Tiffany Fuentes + Jeffrey Train + Kenneth Wirth + Tanya Beltram + Maria Costa + Michael DeNobile + Michelle Hoag + Melissa Marino + Katie Peterson + Patricia Polak + Donna Relyea
Please help us celebrate and welcome our new (soon-to-be) alums!
Workshop Description: Writing commercially has probably been a bane to writers since Pliny the Elder plied the trade. But the truth is that today, writers can have the magical imagination of J.K. Rowling, the wit and wisdom of Frank McCourt, the perfect economy of Ernest Hemingway, and the inspired brilliance of (whoever really wrote) Shakespeare. Yet, they still need to pitch, query, and propose before they can get published. As a New York City-base literary agent, I focus my workshop on what writers need most when they enter the literary arena: a hands-on guide to the nitty-gritty of how to navigate the "how to get published" landscape. It's all about finding the right words and getting the right people to read them. Come and learn my best ideas so you can make the perfect pitch for yours. The nuts-and-bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer's success as the work itself.
What: Manhattanville College Query Letter Workshop
When: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 - 2:30
Where: Manhattanville College, Reid Castle
• Send your name, contact information including email address, and $35 check payable to "Manhattanville College" to:
Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577
Phone Inquiries: (914) 323-5239
• Register early to guarantee admission
• Same-day registration available, space permitting (cash only)
Schedule for the program:
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome/Introductions
10:45 - 12:00 Presentation/Lecture
Noon - 1:00 Lunch break
Campus cafe, only steps away from Reid Castle, will be open for
hot or cold lunches & beverages. Or feel free to bring your own.
1:00 - 2:30 Query letter workshop and critiques
On Friday, March 9 at 7pm, the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Dale Maharidge (Columbia University School of Journalism) and Michael Williamson (The Washington Post) will visit Manhattaville College to talk about their phenomenal new book, Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression (University of California Press, 2011).
Maharidge, a journalist, and Williamson, a reknowned photographer, began their collaborative partnership when they met while on the staff at the Sacramento Bee. Their first book together, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, is a seminal look at the underside of American prosperity. The book inspired Bruce Springsteen, who eventually wrote an afterword to the reprint of the book, to pen two songs on The Ghost of Tom Joad: "The New Timer" and "Youngstown".
In 1990, Maharidge and Williamson received the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction for And Their Children After Them, a book that re-visits three Alabama tenant share-cropping families fifty years after they became the subjects of James Agee and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. You can read the original New York Times review of And Their Children After Them here.
Springsteen penned an introduction to Someplace Like America, which you can read excerpted with evocative photographs from Michael Williamson at this link from The Washington Post.
Please join us at 7pm in the Berman Student Center Theater for this rare opportunity to hear Maharidge and Williamson read from their new book, discuss their relationship with Bruce Springsteen, and take questions on their more than 30-year collaborative parternship covering the effects of the economy on working Americans.