Friday, April 30, 2010

intern help, ahoy

hey everyone -- really looking forward to the august residency. a lot of fond old faces will be back, i hear tell ...
LARRY'S KIDNEY is out in paperback this weekend and I am desperately in need of a smart, zippy, articulate go-getter to be my intern, helping to spread the word to independent bookstores. know anyone like that? ( i know you do!)
i REALLY appreciate it!
Best, Daniel

Daniel Asa Rose
cell 401-359-4991

WestConn MFA in Creative and Professional Writing: August Residency RSVP

WestConn MFA in Creative and Professional Writing: August Residency RSVP

Jim Forman said yes to all three questions.

WestConn MFA in Creative and Professional Writing: August Residency RSVP

WestConn MFA in Creative and Professional Writing: August Residency RSVP

Fall Registration Begins May 5

Registration for all MFA courses will run from May 5 through May 12. Each student will receive from me early next week a list of courses that you are expected to register (based on your recent response to my query). If you have changed your registration plans, it is very important that you let me know so we can adjust the number of available sections and make sure there are enough sections available for everyone.

When you register, you will need to register for specific sections of your online workshop (which will be indicated in my message to you next week). For all courses other than the online workshops and the Internship/Practicum course, you will simply register for the first available section; faculty will be populated into your courses AFTER you have registered.

The Internship/Practicum course will be taught as a group online course this semester. There will be only one section for which everyone taking that course will register.

NEW STUDENTS: You should have received your login information with your program acceptance letter from Graduate Studies. I suggest logging in soon to make sure there are no problems prior to registration week. It will be very difficult to get technical assistance from University Computing during registration week.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Call for Submissions - $1,000 Grand Prize

Call for Submissions – Upcoming Thin Threads Editions
Contest Deadline: May 23, 2010

Thin Threads: Real Stories about Life Changing Moments is seeking submissions for its upcoming special editions and anthology. Stories submitted by May 23, 2010 can also be considered for the current contest. First prize is $1000 - $500 to the author and $500 to his or her selected charity. For guidelines and contest rules click here.

Upcoming editions include Thin Threads of Financial Hardship & Turnaround and Thin Threads of Grief & Recovery. If you have experienced a loss or setback in these areas and found your ‘silver lining’ please share your story. Other thin thread experiences are also welcome.

We are also seeking stories by young writers about their thin threads moments and recently introduced our new Facebook Fan Page for teens and young adults. If you teach or work with young people and would like to encourage them to submit their work for publication please become a fan.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Enrichment Presentations At August Residency

Please let me know this week if you intend to present your enrichment project at the August residency, even if you already informed me of your intent to do so.

Reminder for Spring '10 Internship/Practicum Students

In order for you to receive credit for your internship or practicum, I must receive from your on-site mentor or supervisor a brief narrative evaluation of your on-site performance no later than May 22. Please remind your on-site supervisor of this requirement; s/he can email the evaluation to me at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Link on Webpage "Call for Submissions"

Henceforth, you will be able to access all information about contests and new publications at the link on the MFA webpage. Look for the green & blue button under the "Current Students"

Best of luck to all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WCSU Graduate Scholarship Contact Info

For those of you who may have submitted an application for a WCSU graduate scholarship via Brian Clements' eBlog post of Dec 07, 2009...."The application deadline for WCSU graduate scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year is Feb. 15. Please visit MFA students who have applied for scholarships in the past have a near-100% success rate. Perhaps it would be useful for those of you who have received scholarships to offer words of advice/encouragement here"....and may be wondering when and how you will be notified, if you look back at your saved copy of the application, you will see the reference to the Office of Student Financial Services (a.k.a. Financial Aid) (203) 837-8580 or

Best of luck to all

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

August Residency RSVP

Greetings to all returning and first-time MFA students. Please email us back with your responses to the following 3 questions:

1. Do you plan to register for courses for Fall 2010?

2. Do you plan to attend the August residency?

3. Do you plan to stay at the residency hotel? (The Maron Hotel)

Library Journal call out for my first novel

I'm thrilled to report that Library Journal has just named my first novel, Consigned to Death, a "core title" for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The full article is at

Friday, April 16, 2010

MFA Residency Dates

Summer 2010: 07/31/10 - 08/07/10

Winter 2011: 12/27/10 - 01/02/11

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Second Genre Confirmations


If this (Spring 2010) is your first semester, please email me ASAP and confirm your second genre so I can make appropriate faculty assignments for the Fall.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Harlequin Back in the Fold

Some of you may recall a discussion at the Winter Residency about Harlequin... Mystery Writers of America (MWA), and I believe the Romance Writers of America as well, removed them from their Approved Publishers lists. Good news! They're back! Here's the official MWA announcement:

"We are pleased to welcome Harlequin, and all of its imprints, back onto our Approved Publishers list. Harlequin has agreed to abide by all of our existing criteria for inclusion. This means that Harlequin books, including those published within the last year, are eligible for Edgar consideration and their authors for active status MWA membership."

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Thesis Binders

Any graduates have extra thesis binders they'd be willing to sell? I'm trying to get out of buying a pkg of 6 online and I live in Nebraska ...


Monday, April 05, 2010

New Book by Mark Sundeen!

from Mark:

For 2 years I've been working on a book with Sig Hansen, an Alaskan crab fisherman. Well, it's done now. North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters arrived in stores Tuesday March 30. You can read a free excerpt here:

Sig Hansen is a third-generation Norwegian-American fisherman who's become somewhat famous in the past five years on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. The book is his life story woven with the story of his dad's immigration from Norway, along with a history of crab fishing in the Bering Sea. I'm proud of how it ended up.

Application to Graduate

For those about to rock... I mean, graduate: If you haven't filed an application to graduate with Grad Studies yet, you must do so [almost] immediately! Get the form from the MFA web page.

New Profile of the MFA Program at Age Five in Alumni News

Click the title bar above for link.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Workshops with David Lehman and Paola Corso

David Lehman, Poetry Workshop
Monday, April 12, 7:30
Higgins 206

Paola Corso, Fiction Workshop
Tuesday, April 13, 7:30
Higgins 206

If you want to attend, please let me know by email or blog. Workshops are open to MFA students, graduates, and mentors!
Hello All,

During the week of April 12, the Writing Department will host a Spring Writing Festival, which we hope to make an annual event. Come by during the week to help us "Celebrate the written word"! The events below are free and open to the public. Those of you who need to make up some residency time can use these events for that purpose.

There also will be a poetry workshop on Monday evening with David Lehman and a fiction workshop on Tuesday evening with Paola Corso--these workshops are open to MFA students, grads, and mentors! Let me know if you'd like to attend the workshops.

I am providing links here for bio info on some of the participants:

Russ Baker:
David Lehman:
Jason Leopold:
Paola Corso:

Monday, April 12
David Lehman: poet and editor of the annual Best American Poetry series of anthologies

Reading: 6:30 pm, Warner Lobby (Lehman will read from his poetry)

Tuesday, April 13

Paola Corso: author of Giovanna’s 86 Circles (stories), poet, playwright, grant writer, journalist, fiction and poetry editor for an upcoming issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics

Reading: 6:30 pm, Warner Lobby (Corso will read from her fiction)

Wednesday, April 14

Student Readings: Undergraduates read from their work.

Thursday, April 15

The Future of News

Panel: 4:00 pm, Student Center Theatre

A round table discussion with news professionals on convergence journalism and new media formats. Who will pay? In the future will infotainment and rumor mongering, bloggy foggy opinions or real news prevail? What will be the role of journalism in the next decade? Led by John Briggs and Elizabeth Cohen.

Panel of News Professionals:
Russ Baker, national investigative journalist
Jason Leopold, editor, The Public Record online news site
Paul Steinmetz, Director of Western's University Relations
Keith Whamond, on line editor, Danbury News Times
Art Cummings, executive editor, Danbury News Times
Vivian Martin, professor of journalism, Central Connecticut State University

Student journalists:
Josh Durkin, intern and staff writer, The Public Record
Ray Storez, intern and staff writer, The Public Record
Jesse Foley, editor in chief, The Echo

Friday, April 16

Magazine Writing

Panel: 1:00 pm, Student Center Theatre

James Lomuscio (editor and writer), Charlie Monagan (editor of Connecticut Magazine), and Geoff Morris (editor of five local magazines, including Fairfield Magazine) will regale the audience with stories of the magazine writer’s life and will discuss the future of magazine publishing.