Thursday, December 29, 2011
I thought I should check in to gauge interest in this workshop. I led an impromptu peer workshop on this subject back in August, for which I received some enthusiastic feedback, so we are doing it again with a little more formality and planning.
The approach for this workshop is to help writers enter the social media world – set up online identities, review basic etiquette, build awareness of resources, and so on. We will not delve into more advanced topics like metrics, analytics, SEO, Klout scores, or anything of the like – unless you have a dying need to focus on numbers over content. It is worth noting, however, that good content leads to good metrics (aka the number of visitors reading your stuff).
Please comment here if you plan to attend and mention any specific subjects you are interested in tackling together. This will be a hands-on peer workshop, not a speaking presentation with PowerPoint slides.
This peer workshop will take place on Wednesday, 2:30 – 4:00, in WS241.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
The graduate students of the Department of English at the University of Rhode Island are proud to announce our sixth annual Graduate Student Conference scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, 2012. Our conference title, Innovations and Anxieties, speaks to a broad range of disciplines and we anticipate an exciting mix of presentations. We cordially invite your graduate students to participate.
Attached you will find our Call for Papers (CFP) in .pdf format. Will you be so kind as to forward this to your graduate students? Feel free to also circulate the CFP to any faculty or departments you think might be interested in our conference. For more information and to submit abstracts, students may visit our website at www.urigradconference.org. All inquiries regarding the conference may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth O’Leary Anish
2012 URI Graduate Student Conference Committee Member Marketing and Outreach
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
This year, we have a theme. Bad Poetry. "What does that mean," you ask? Is it poetry that misbehaves and needs a spanking? Or is it poetry that just plain sucks? Well heck - you decide what the word bad means... Then give it your best shot!
No - it does not have to be an Original.
Yes - it has to be performed with enthusiasm.
No - you don't need a costume, but...nothing says you can't.
Yes - you can bribe the judges.
Come on. Challenge Marj, the 2010 MFA Poetry Slam Queen, for her beautiful confetti crown.
Sign up sheet will be posted in the dining room.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
If you are not a facebook member, you can get to the review and interview here.
Thank you :)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
If you are a current student or graduate of the program and have published a book, please send me an email with a jpeg of the cover. I will add it to Westconn's MFA website.
Kristin Santa Maria
Monday, December 12, 2011
Scott, it is wonderful to put a face with the teacher. I feel as if I know you and what you want to impart so well. This is a wonderful and inspirational teaching film. Your students will look back at this time and I imagine, paying what they have learned, forward. Looking at the quality helps me see what is possible for a media novice like myself. thank you.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
H.P. Lovecraft was a minor writer in his lifetime. His work mostly appeared in mediocre pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, and that's when he wasn't giving his work away to amateur press magazines. But his stories were revolutionary—they did away with the moralizing of most fantasy and horror fiction, and integrated a sort of materialist, scientific worldview into the "mythos" he created. Now, decades after his death, his work has passed into the public domain and Lovecraft is a cottage industry unto himself. Major writers including Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Chabon have written in the Lovecraft mode, and there are Lovecraft games, toys, films, and even a cafe bearing his name. He also turns up in tribute and allusion all over the place—Batman's Arkham Asylum is named for one of Lovecraft's semi-fictional New England towns. "Lovecraftian" is a subgenre with its own niche publishers as well.
The online magazine Innsmouth Free Press is gaining some attention in horror/fantasy circles for its Lovecraftian fiction, and its print anthologies. Their latest—Future Lovecraft—has just been released, and it includes my story "Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Nyarlathotep" as well as stories by Don Webb, Molly Tanzer, and Paul Jessup. IBPN combines Lovecraftian horror with the science fictional notion of the Singularity and the post-human beings that would emerge from such an event.
If you're writing genre fiction and looking for a niche to exploit or a place to publish, I'd recommend checking out Innsmouth Free Press and its anthology series. They don't pay much, but they are getting some significant attention—and they do pay slightly more to "big names." (In the Lovecraftian small press, I'm a big name.) Check out the magazine and book, and give it a whirl!
"Three New York cops and a distinguished guest give a master class on evil
- in this life and the next."
Necessary Evil is a full-length play, following a ten-minute opener.
Presented by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Hosted by Arlene Dahl, produced by Ellen Muir.
Light refreshments at 5:30, reading at 6:00. The event is free, but please call 212-459-3630 x204 for reservations and Midtown Manhattan location (across from Bryant Park), no later than 2:30, Friday, December 9.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Students should fill out and submit this form as soon as possible. A list of scholarships is available at http://www.wcsu.edu/scholarships/.
Students will not be eligible for a scholarship in the 2012-13 academic year if they do not fill out the form.
For 2011-12, the WCSU Foundation awarded 182 scholarships for a total of $202,000. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Questions? Call or email Sue Wolf in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (203) 837-8279 or email@example.com.
to sign up for your residency workshops. The workshop descriptions will indicate the advance work (if any) and instructions on what to bring. We have included bios for the workshop leaders this time, per your request. Please take note of deadlines in the descriptions, as well as this one: deadline for workshop signups is Dec. 15. If you have not signed up by the 15th, you will be assigned to workshops.
Workshops fill up quickly sometimes, so sign up soon!
Also, note that we are going to need 3 student stories for the Haigh class. If you have any short stories on hand, please send them along!
Monday, December 05, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Please take a moment to complete an evaluation form for each of your courses. Please complete the Program Course Evaluation Form and the Departmental form. Please email the Program form to me, and email the Departmental form to Laurel.
These forms are an important part of our quality review process for the program, so your participation is greatly needed and appreciated.
Please submit forms by email no later than Dec. 15. Forms received after then 15th will be discarded.
Faculty members DO have access to the forms after they have posted their grades. You may make the PROGRAM form confidential, however, by indicating so on the form with a prominent note.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
We're handling the free time/peer workshops a bit differently this time. There are large blocks of free time scheduled for Wednesday and Friday afternoons and Saturday morning. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons there are optional events going on during those times, so you can choose whether to go to those events, to do peer group work, or do something else.
If you want to do peer group work, it's always a good idea to make some sort of plan in advance of the residency. I encourage you to at least partially make those plans via the blog in order to include the new students.
There were no entries in creative nonfiction, and, thus, no winners.
*If you are taking thesis hours in the spring, you will be registered by Grad Studies. DO NOTHING.
*If you are not taking thesis hours in the spring, you may now register online. YOU MUST USE THE SECTION NUMBERS I EMAILED TO YOU. If you do not use those section numbers, both your courses and someone else's courses will be incorrect.
Register at will!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
As I said in my email to you yesterday, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER until I announce open registration for the MFA program. Even though you are ABLE to register at this moment, we are not ready for you to register and doing so could cause problems for other students. Please wait for my announcement here that registration is open, which should come later this week.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
If you think you might be interested, check out the web site and let me know by the end of the Janaury residency. I think Ron Samul may have attended a few years ago, so you can ask him about his experience.
If any of you need to replace a residency, this might be a good opportunity. I do not know the value of the scholarships.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
On Moral Fiction, John Gardner
The Art of Recklessness, Dean Young (on poetry)
The Memoir Project, Marion Roach Smith
How to Write a Sentence, Stanley Fish
You do NOT have to choose the book that most closely corresponds to your own genre--you may do any of the four, regardless of your primary or secondary genre. If you were in my OMGW this semester, you may not do the Fish book again.
As usual, there will be meetings scheduled at the residency for you to meet with your OMGW instructor. The schedule should be posted next week, as well as the workshop selections.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
To watch click here.
If you are interested please e-mail your submission for consideration to AnneWitkavitch@comcast.net.
All submissions should be edited, proofread and ready to be published.
Click here to view the blog.
Monday, November 14, 2011
One additional comment, this sale is even sweeter than simply selling a project that's dear to me and that I've worked on for years; it also marks the first non-Josie fiction sale I've ever had.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
In a review of the re-release DVD of Blue Velvet, Bill Wyman characterizes noir this way:
Lynch, with his perverse Oedipal fantasia established, takes on the conventions of the noir—in which our hero goes off in search of answers, compromises himself, and winds up finding out more than he bargained for.
Interesting way of looking at it, which, actually, isn't far from the definition of the tragic hero....
No degree is required for a Fellowship, but we have found that students who are about to finish or have recently finished graduate or undergraduate writing programs are often in search of opportunities like the Work Center Fellowship.
We'd be grateful for your help in passing on word to your students of this unique opportunity. To download a poster, please click HERE.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts
For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging visual artists and writers. Artists who have not had significant recognition for their work and writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1¬¬-May 1) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. Former visual arts Fellows include Ellen Gallagher, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Angela Dufresne, Geoffrey Chadsey, and Lamar Peterson. Former writing Fellows have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
The postmark deadline for the 2012-13 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2011.
For details, please visit:
Friday, November 04, 2011
I am interested in gathering more information on self publishing. Does anyone have any experiences (good, bad or ugly) they are willing to share? Websites to visit? Contacts to make? I'm seriously considering right now and would like to make an informed decision.
Also does anyone have any experience with international publishing houses (espeically Italian)?
Feel free to post here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all!
Thursday, November 03, 2011
We have two display cases outside the MFA office for mentors/faculty in the program and for students/graduates. If you would like your book included in the display, please mail me a copy:
Western Connecticut State University
MFA in Professional & Creative Writing
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
***If you want to check with me to see if your book is already in the case, send me a quick email***
We also updated the MFA website with pictures of faculty publications. Faculty/mentors please take a look to see if your book is pictured here: http://www.wcsu.edu/writing/mfa. If it is not, you can email me a picture and I will add it.
Kristin Santa Maria
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
In the interest of doing everything I can think of to promote (you know that word "marketing" that we all hate?), I am happy for the opportunity to share my new Wordpress site with you here. I hope it will be an interactive place where you can find news about my latest work/accomplishments, be fed some inspiration through writing prompts and questions, and most importantly, share and follow along on the beautiful, messy journey of a writer's life. You can check it out at www.katemeadows.wordpress.com. If you "follow" me, I will be sure to follow you. You can also "Like" my Facebook page, Kate Meadows Writing and Editing, if you want. Thanks so much to all who have already supported this endeavor. One of the best things about an MFA program is those unbreakable connections you make, connections that can last for years if you want them to. Cheers.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The AWP Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery & publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in the programs of AWP. Winners at the national level will be contacted in the spring of 2012 and will receive publication in a participating journal and a $100 cash honorarium. Participating journals are Hayden's Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Controlled Burn, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, and Artful Dodge.
Submit entries to Laurel Richards, secretary of the Writing Dept.
Entries must follow these guidelines:
• Each submitted piece must have a separate title page with the following information:
1. The title, author’s name, permanent address, email address, and phone number
2. The genre of the work (must be either fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry)
• Neither the author’s name nor any other identifying information should appear on the manuscript except on the title page.
• Translations are acceptable, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure publication rights.
• All submitted works must be unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.
• Excerpts from novels are acceptable.
• No individual piece submitted may exceed 25 pages.
• Prose must be double-spaced and typed or printed on a letter-quality printer; dot-matrix is not acceptable. Poetry only may be single-spaced.
• Students may submit up to 2 works of fiction, 2 works of creative nonfiction, and 5 works of poetry.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Office of the Governor of the State of Connecticut
Application Due Dates:
November 15 for Spring 2012
April 1 for Summer 2012
June 30 for Fall 2012
This internship will put you in the middle of the fast-paced, 24/7/365 Communications Department of the Office of the Governor in the State of Connecticut. Starting the day early by compiling and sending around news clips to the Governor’s staff; you may find yourself staffing the Governor at an event; researching and writing memos, advisories and press releases; updating the website and social media accounts; working with staff to prepare for, plan and execute upcoming events; and monitoring newspapers, blogs and social media for news stories.
Must be a fifth-semester college student or higher with a keen interest in pursuing the journalism, communications or political science fields. An ability to think-on-your-feet and pitch in wherever necessary is a must.
Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 writing samples to:
Director of Communications
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Please visit the MFA website Forms page to download and complete the Mentor Request form. You may email the form to me by Oct. 28. Even if you do not have specific mentor requests, please complete the form so that I will know which courses you want to register and whether you are registering full time or part time. Please also indicate on the form whether you will be attending the January residency.
New students: no need to fill out this form. I will assign your first-semester mentors.
Even two years ago, I would have never bothered submitting to an electric anthology. Ebooks had no market, and thus ebook markets didn't pay for short fiction. But with the widespread adoption of ebook readers, we're seeing some new publishers actually willing to pay in advance. Short crime fiction, like crime itself, often doesn't pay either, but West Coast Crime Wave did. Now that I'm living in Berkeley, CA I had the perfect setting.
My story, "The People's Republic of Everywhere and Everything" is about revolutionary politics, Internet memes, quantum computing, and Cotard delusion. The book itself is available on Kindle right now for a mere $3.99, and will hit Nook et al later this week. Unfortunately, there's no way to put an ebook on one's brag shelf, but I did find something to brag about in the introduction to the book by genius crime writer Ken Bruen:
I'll take that!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Please join John Briggs and friends in a discussion on Fostering Creativity in Our Writing:
Wednesday, October 26, at noon
Midtown Student Center, room 202
As you probably know, John is one of WestConn's three Distinguished Connecticut State University Professors. He is author of Fire in the Crucible: Understanding the Process of Creative Genius (Phanes Press, 2000).
Bring your lunch, and BRING YOUR STUDENTS!!!
I hope to see you there.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Steve Almond is going to be reading from his new book God Bless America this Tuesday, October 18, starting at 6 pm at Real Art Ways in Hartford. He will be playing the book trailer Sara Lewis and I made for him. Tickets are $5 to get in, see www.realartways.org for more information.
Thanks and hope to see you guys there!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Here's a picture of my dog with my author copies of my latest book, Insults Every Man Should Know. It's a little quickie gift book from Quirk Publishing, but will surely be legend in the ten-dollar joke book market segment. It also paid for my trip to Scotland earlier this year, and at only 15,000 words didn't take much time to write. I just did 2000 words every Sunday for seven Sundays, and then filled in some front and back matter.
Can't complain! If Richard Yates could write promotional material for Remington Rand, I can do this.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
I finally took a few minutes to check out Scribd.com – very interesting. For those who don't know, it is a social network built around online publication for writing. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it, either as a reader or publisher. I would like to find out what you think of Scribd as a self-publishing platform.
This is a reminder that WCSU has (again) required that all official program-related email communication among students and faculty take place via university email addresses. Thus, any future official email communication from me will be to your WCSU email addresses. This applies to everyone, but is of particular relevance to current thesis students...
My latest short story, "The Coda of Solomon" appears in Demons, edited by the seminal splatterpunk writer and editor John Skipp.
Demons is part of a series of phonebook-sized anthologies that combine classic reprints, more recent previously published stories, and new fiction, with the idea of demonstrating how a classic horror trope (zombies, werewolves, and now demons) have been used over the centuries. This one includes work by classic authors Lovecraft and Poe, plus stories by some of the best living authors: Neil Gaiman, David J. Schow, and William Peter Blatty.
Check it out!
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Meanwhile, what films would you suggest for the screening (assuming that Kristin and Sara will not have The Writer's Life ready for us yet...)?
Friday, September 23, 2011
In this interview, Wendy was incredibly forthcoming. We discussed her writing process, how she juggles so many projects at one time (she writes three to five books a year, all excellent, and most of them bestsellers), and her suggestions for new authors as they navigate the road to publication. Here's the two links to the two parts of my interview with Wendy:
PART ONE: http://www.youtube.com/user/WritersRoomProject#p/a/u/0/0AZ5u5p9B7g
PART TWO: http://www.youtube.com/user/WritersRoomProject#p/a/u/0/--BNjjYxvSI
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
I've been impressed with the quality of writing in this issue, and they are open to emerging poets, so you may want to submit something yourselves!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This opportunity came to me directly from Julie Braun at Super Interns. She is very eager to place MFA students in internships. I understand that Mike Gilday has already worked with SI, so I'm sure he can tell you what it's like working for their clients on virtual internships. If this particular internship doesn't interest you, but you want to see what else Julie has, contact her at email@example.com or
Julie assures me that she gets "hundreds" of internship opportunities for writers--so keep her in mind if you need to line up an internship later... Info below.
Your Title: Writing and Blogger Extraordinaire (you will never be referred to as “the Intern”)
Company Information: e-patchesandcrests.com is an online company providing fun activity and custom embroidered patches to Girl Guides, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Our vision is to become a one-stop resource center for all things Guiding/Scouting.
Internship Description: Research and write exciting, hands-on learning material and activities for kids based on specific themes such as Astronomy, Dinosaurs, Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Self Esteem, etc. After the project is complete we will complete a review and finalize by having you post your writings on our website. Finally, you will document the process of being a professional blogger.
Ideal Candidate: Seeking an enthusiastic writer-in-the-making who wants to learn how to be a professional blogger. Need to have the ability to learn, follow directions, communicate weekly by phone or Skype, work virtually and be organized. You will need a phone or computer with Skype. Having been or still a Girl Guide / Girl Scout / Boy Scout member is desirable but not necessary.
Benefits: These non-monetary benefits will help you go from where you are today to where you want to be. You will:
• Be a published author and have material to include in your future portfolio.
• Learn hands-on skills, gain experiences, and knowledge that you can’t get in a classroom.
• Receive free product from our website.
• Leave with a letter of recommendation and an amazing resume upon successful conclusion of your internship.
• Save time and money on commuting because this is a virtual internship.
• See the inner workings of a successful online business.
• Work directly with the CEO of the company.
Timeline: Start September 2011 - January 2012 (negotiable)
Compensation: Unpaid internship - academic credit will be arranged for anyone requiring it.
How to apply: Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
The initiative is funded through the UN. The New York Times will provide 50 free seats to AASCU graduate journalism students in the U.S. --- at no cost. This will in effect provide a front row seat to the first “Arab Spring”. Students will also learn quite a bit about journalism from The New York Times newsroom.
Below is the course outline. There is a limit of 3 graduate students per AASCU campus. The New York Times will also provide access for the faculty members of these students, whom we strongly encourage to participate.
To register, please contact Brian by email no later than Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 22nd.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Washington University in Saint Louis: The Writing Program in the Dept. of English seeks an emerging writer of creative nonfiction for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall semester of 2012. We particularly seek candidates with experience writing & teaching narrative or literary journalism. The teaching expectation is two courses per semester & will include creative nonfiction workshops & craft courses at the undergraduate & MFA levels. The new faculty member will assist with the continued development of the creative nonfiction curriculum, will advise undergraduate English majors, & will mentor MFA fiction & poetry students interested in nonfiction as a secondary genre; beyond the expected work of continued publication, the new faculty member will participate in departmental governance & university service. An MFA or PhD in creative writing is expected; a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching is required; at least one book of creative nonfiction must be published or completed & under contract. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA convention in Seattle in Jan. The application process is two parts. Please send a cover letter, c.v., & statement of approach to teaching undergraduate & graduate creative writing, to our online application service, https://jobs.wustl.edu, & provide the reference of job # 22425. Three letters of recommendation & a writing sample of 25-40 pages may be sent by post to Professor Vincent Sherry, Nonfiction Search Committee Chair, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1122, One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130. Preference will be given to applications received before Nov. 10, 2011. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. EOE/AA (AWP).
Sunday, September 11, 2011
“Long before we met, I read your work on noir and taught your book,” [Dennis Lehane] told [Eddie] Muller, referring to Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir. Muller has called noir “working class tragedy,” and Lehane agreed with that assessment.
“In Greek tragedy they fall from great heights,” said Lehane. “In noir they fall from the curb.”
Doesn't that just knock your socks off?
The full article is here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/page-to-screen/article/48437-dennis-lehane-talks-noir-politics-and-how-clint-eastwood-sounds-on-the-phone.html
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Hope everyone's excited about the new semester, and a special good luck to all those entering the thesis semester!
Monday, August 15, 2011
For all of you writers out there, I think this is important that a collection of essays has beat out an amazing and highly competitive field. Keep writing what is in your hearts!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
They contacted me looking for submissions. So send something, if you have work that's appropriate for the journal!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Meant to ask this at the wrap-up meeting, but neglected to do so. How did you feel about the Master Classes? Would you like to see that format (everyone attends) repeated, or would you prefer to have workshop choices on those days as well. A few of you did mention this on your evaluation form, but responses went both ways. Would love to have as much feedback as possible on this as I prepare to fill in the January schedule.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Laurel has scanned Rick's revision paper and posted it on the MFA website at his invitation. Here's the link:
Monday, August 08, 2011
Publishing Talk – 10 Twitter Hashtags for Writers
As I find other articles and resources I will list them in this blog post and Tweet (I despise using this term) them with the hashtag #WCSUwritingMFA. Please share yours too!
Friday, August 05, 2011
Update: I have created a Twitter List of students, graduates and other program affiliates which I will upate continually. You can view and follow the list it at: http://twitter.com/#!/list/dtgriffith/wcsu-mfa-writing.
Follow me @dtgriffith and identify yourself from the MFA program, I will add you to the list.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
David Griffith & I will be conducting an informal discussion on social media, including creating a website, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, tomorrow (August 5th) in room CC 315 at 3 p.m.
Feel free to stop by!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Congrats and good luck to Kristin and Sara!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In the June-July issue of the organization's official newsletter, "The 3rd Degree," they wrote, "The publishing business is experiencing massive changes and if MWA is to remain relevant, we have to change, too. That's why we've revised our Approved Publisher criteria to make books published solely in e-book format or using print-on-demand eligible under certain conditions for MWA active membership... Self-published books whether they are published in print or as e-books, still do not qualify for MWA active membership."
Details are on their website: http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=PublisherGuidelines
Monday, July 25, 2011
My latest novel, The Damned Highway, written in collaboration with Brian Keene, is now available. Theoretically, it comes out tomorrow, but amazon, Powell's, and many local bookstores are already stocking and shipping the title. The Damned Highway is part of a fiction/prose initiative at Dark Horse, the third-largest comic book publisher in the United States.
A bit about the book:
A hilarious, shocking, terrifying thrill ride across the American landscape, The Damned Highway pays homage to the gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson and the uncanny terrors of H. P. Lovecraft!
Horror legend Brian Keene (The Rising) and cult storytelling master Nick Mamatas (Move Under Ground) dredge up a tale of drug-fueled eldritch madness from the blackest depths of the American nightmare. On a freaked-out bus journey to Arkham, Massachusetts, and the 1972 presidential primary, evidence mounts that sinister forces are on the rise, led by the Cult of Cthulhu and its most prominent member—Richard M. Nixon!
We're still six months out from the Presidential primaries and caucuses, but if you're curious as to what the future holds for these United States, you could do worse than buy one of these immediately. Actually, if you live in a swing district, buy twenty. When a canvasser knocks on your door and offers you literature about their preferred candidate, you can say, "Thanks, and I have a little reading material for you as well..."
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
- Please email me at AnneWitkavitch@comcast.net and share why you're attending the workshop, what your particular interest in corporating writing is, how you hope to apply what you learn (if you know!) and 1-2 things you'd like to take away from the session. Corporate writing is a broad topic and this will help me finetune the presentation to focus on what you're most interested in.
- The basics of business writing are simplicity, clarity and audience. If you can, grab and peruse a copy of William Zinsser's On Writing Well before the workshop. This isn't required reading but it will add more depth to the discussion (and it's a quick read).
- I regularly post interesting articles and links to my FB page for Anne W Associates. Feel free to "Like" the page if you're on Facebook. I'll also email links to articles that make interesting reading prior to the course.
If you want to know more about me visit my LinkedIn page http://www.linkedin.com/in/annewitkavitch.
I look forward to seeing you at residency!
We will be in The Daily Grind in the Westside Campus Center.
I look forward to meeting you all at the New Student Orientation session at 4pm on Saturday, July 30. This session will provide you with useful information about the residency week and about the fall semester, which begins immediately with the conclusion of the residency. We will talk about your relationships with your mentors, your syllabus composition, work and evaluation expectations, and any other program-related issues you would like to discuss. So come prepared with questions. As I'm sure you've seen on the schedule, there will be a separate session Sunday afternoon to orient you toward Blackboard and your various WestConn computer accounts.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Therefore, as of the end of the Fall '11 semester, the university will no longer accept "space available" tuition waivers for the one-on-one mentorship courses but will accept them for the online workshops. This policy applies to Senior and Employee waivers, but does NOT apply to veteran waivers, which are not contingent upon space availability.
Again, this policy begins AFTER the end of Fall ’11; waivers will be honored for the Fall semester.
If you have concerns about the effect of this policy on your academic plan, please give me a call, 203-837-8876.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
American Adolescence is a collection of stylistically diverse poems that explores what it meant to be young in America during the first decade of the 21st century when America itself was going through a coming of age. Alternately utilizing both satire and stark honesty, American Adolescence deals with a myriad of issues relevant to “Generation Wi-Fi”, including: the struggle for originality, coming to terms with contemporary society and culture, war and Bush’s America, young love, and growing up.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
PS- Renting my own car/renting a car service are not within my (limited) budget. I also expect a taxi to be just as expensive an option.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
My latest short story, "Dreamer of the Day" is now available in the wonderful new anthology Supernatural Noir.
It's a book well worth checking out. In addition to my story, there's work by Brian Evenson (director of the MFA program at Brown University), famed multi-genre author Joe R. Lansdale, and crime writer Tom Piccirilli. A good mix of aesthetic agendas of the sort necessary to combine dark crime fiction with the fantastical.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
It has just occurred to me that the residency signup process will result in the same 15 students being the active students in the two workshops. To remedy this, the first 30 to sign up will have a slot in one of the two. Please email me and let me know which of the two you would prefer to participate in actively, and I'll take care of the rest.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tomorrow I will be sending out final confirmations to students and mentors; those messages will begin your process of communication with mentors regarding the residency.
NEW STUDENTS: Meeting with your mentors at the residency is HIGHLY recommended. It's a great way to establish a relationship and to begin the conversation about your upcoming semester in a more personal way than merely communicating online or by phone. Not all of your mentors will be available at the residency, but you should try to meet with those who are available.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
New students either will receive a bill in the mail or a hand-delivered bill at the residency. If you are a returning student, check your registration online. If you think you should be registered differently (or find that you are not, in fact, registered at all, please contact me ASAP).
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
If you are interested in meeting with one of the agents or editors, please let me know as soon as possible by email to email@example.com. Priority goes to 1) 2010-11 graduates, 2) Fall 2011 thesis students, 3) Spring 2012 thesis students. If there are any slots available thereafter, they may be assigned to other graduates and current students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please email me ASAP to indicate your interest in a meeting and whether you have a prefered agent or editor to meet, then send me a one-page proposal letter and a sample of no longer than 10 pages by noon on July 11. If I have not received your proposal by July 11, your slot will be assigned to someone else.
Please note than I cannot guarantee everyone will get their first choice of agent/editor meeting, so I suggest ranking them.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
So.....if you'd like a suite for a discounted price, ask for one of the WestConn rooms.......if not, just ask for (or search on) a standard room. Don't forget, you always have the option to split a suite with a fellow student, which would bring your total stay down from $89 per night to $44.50 per night.
The residency officially ends at 9 pm on August 5. That evening's reading will be Visiting Writer Rick Moody (author of The Ice Storm and Garden State, among other fine titles). August 6 is a travel day only, so if you are able to find a flight that you can make after 9 pm on the 5th, feel free.
I hope to finalize and post the schedule by Friday. Workshop signups should begin by the end of next week.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I find that since I'm on Facebook managing my personal and professional pages multiple times during the day, I tend to post any links or information about writing, publishing opportunities, etc. on my book's FB page, Press Pause Moments, and/or on the WCSU MFA page. It's fast, easy, and convenient.
The combination of the blog and FB page means lots of good information can be shared that's valuable and timely. If you haven't yet done so, you may want to "Like" the MFA page on Facebook. You are also more than welcome to "Like" my Facebook page for Press Pause Moments as I post a lot of good info for writers on there.
If your genres of study include corporate communications, PR, marketing communications etc. I also invite you to "Like" my business page for Anne W Associates.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
You would need to get this info to me no later than July 8th.
Here are the names of the hotels and the group rates quoted to me:
Super 8 Motel
3 Lake Ave Ext
Danbury CT 06811
866 599 8674
203 743 0064
$50 per nite (excluding taxes)
Ethan Allen Hotel
21 Lake Ave Ext
Danbury CT 06811
888 449 8043
203 744 1776
$79 per nite (excluding taxes)
Maron Hotel & Suites (where we stayed in January 2011)
42 Lake Ave Ext
Danbury CT 06811
866 257 5990
203 791 2200
$89 per nite (excluding taxes)
See you soon!
Monday, June 06, 2011
This is an entry-level position. We're seeking someone with a strong background in writing, editing and/or sales. Previous industry experience (interning at an agency or publishing house, or working as an assistant) is a plus, but not necessary.
This position requires excellent organizational skills, a creative and innovative mind and a high degree of motivation.
For more information on this position, please contact Gina Panettieri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Many, many thanks to Judy Jensen, the guest judge, whose feedback and attention truly changed my poem for the better. And, of course, my sincerest gratitude to Joe Ahearn, my fabulous mentor, without whom I would not have gotten this poem published! Also, thanks to Carolyn for a studious peer review :]
Edit: It's awful that it took so long for me to realize that I should've reproduced the poem for you all to read. Here it is--enjoy!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I've enjoyed working with everyone this past academic year, and having the chance to get to know our MFA community better. I thank you for your patience and support, first while I was new to the job, and then while we've been through these recent changes. My special thanks goes to Laurel who put up with my many questions over the year.
I look forward to being at the August residency to say hello and to help welcome our new students, and I'll be teaching an Online Multigenre Workshop this fall.
Have a great summer, and please stay in touch --
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Please join me in thanking Holly for her excellent service to the MFA program this past year. Holly came into the position at a time that turned out to be unexpectedly challenging, and she handled her post with dignity and professionalism. I am grateful to her (thanks, Holly!), and I appreciate her stick-to-it-iveness.
I will be taking the reins back officially on June 1, but I already am phasing back in. I hope you will feel free to contact me any time with questions about the changes in the program or the direction of the program. I am available at any time to discuss your academic progress or any concerns you have.
I know there have been changes to the program that you certainly didn't expect this time last year; none of us expected them. We all will miss Don, Paola, and Elizabeth a great deal; they've been essential to your success and to the success of the program's graduates over its first six years. But I want to reassure you that my intention is to offer an August residency (and a program in general) that is as close as possible to what you've had in the past. I'm glad that Mark, Daniel, and Dan have all decided to continue teaching in the program and that Daniel and Dan will be at the residencies. We all appreciate their dedication to you and to the program.
At the August residency we will have the usual complement of workshops, lectures, panels, and readings. As per the usual August plan, we will have a panel of agents to speak with you about the state of the publishing business and to meet individually with our outgoing thesis students and rising thesis students. Holly has recently put out a call for workshop suggestions, and I hope you'll let us know what you're interested in seeing on the schedule. We also will have regular visiting writers at future residencies; two visitors will join us in August, and one of them will be Rick Moody (the other will be a nonficiton writer).
As for other changes, I must report that due to cost cutting measures, the university will no longer be providing dinners at the residency. The usual breakfast will be available at the hotel, if you choose to stay at the Maron. The university will provide the usual morning coffee and lunch. You will need to be prepared to arrange for dinner yourselves; we will provide you with a list of local restaurants that you might choose to patronize, and, of course, there is the supermarket next door to the hotel. We will add extra time into the schedule to allow plenty of time for the evening meal. I know that meal times traditionally have been a great opportunity for socializing, networking, consulting with mentors, and working through your ideas. I hope that the lunch hour will continue to provide that opportunity.
Beyond those changes, and that fact that all events will be held on campus for the foreseeable future residencies, the residency should provide essentially the same experience you've had in the past. And, of course, you'll still have perhaps the most important part of the residency--your interaction with peers.
I look forward to seeing you in August. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns whatsoever.
Given that the book is a little avant itself, I didn't mind at all. Do check it out.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Someone just asked about reading assignments for my online workshop in the fall, so I thought I'd let you all know so you can get a head start, if you want to do that sort of thing.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I recently discovered a very cool Brooklyn-based online lit mag called "Punk Soul Poet"who seems to be publishing just about anybody ;)
I am thrilled that they decided to accept two of my poems from last semester and I want to encourage you to send your work too. Take a look at the above link for the May issue and more info on submitting. They are accepting short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and visual art.
“Art is literacy of the heart.”
— Elliot Eisner
Our mission is to strengthen the bond between the arts. We like to think of the site as a gallery that hangs art, poetry, and fiction on its walls. The poetry and writing is thoughtfully selected to compliment the art that is displayed, and vice versa. We love all styles, from soft to brazen. We strive to present artists in a creative, non traditional way.
Our definition of punk:
One that wholly rejects stereotypes, and courageously pursues their own original vision. A person that fights for their artistic beliefs, even if doing so sets them apart from others. Some examples of punks (by our definition): Patti Smith, Oscar Wilde, Spalding Gray, Frida Kahlo, Hunter Thompson, and Jim Carroll (among many others).
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Administrative Assistant - Creative Writing Program in the Department of English - 21862
Location: Danforth - Main Campus
Please note this job is active during the nine month academic year (mid August through mid May) with summers off.
Readings, Hurst Professors, Author Visits (45%)
- Audio/visual for all writing program, Hurst readings, and departmental readings
- Recording for all readings (includes preparing release forms and transferring recordings to digital archives)
- Scheduling venues and setup
- Receptions for all readings
- Create poster and emails to advertise readings
- Work with author and/or agent to schedule author's visit
- Publicize author visits
- Arrange dinner with students, faculty, and author before reading
- Collect student work and send it to author before s/he arrives in St. Louis
- Coordinate author's meetings with students
- Arrange activities with author that involve students
- Coordinate two author readings and receptions(one reading and one craft lecture)
Creative Writing Program (40%)
- Update and maintain all email list serves for the program
- Answer email and phone inquiries from current and prospective students
- New Student application process
- Summer Funding - mid-Fall semester, compile list of current 1st years eligible for coming summer funding for Department Chair and Director
Departmental Awards (5%)
- Publicize awards to undergraduates
- Coordinate submissions
- Coordinate judging of both fiction and poetry submissions
AWP Conference Organization (5%)
- Procure funding from Dean for student travel to conference
- Coordinate conference registration of MFA students with English Department
- Coordinate student reimbursement for travel after conference
Social Events (5%)
- Bi-annual MFA gatherings, Department Beginning-of-year Social, Department Holiday Social, Department End-of-year Social, Commencement Receptions
High school diploma or equivalent. Previous administrative experience required. Proficiency with computers and software packages including MS Word and Excel.
Excellent typing and proofreading skills with precise attention to detail. Team player with courteous interpersonal skills and professional telephone skills for effective interactions at all times, assisting internal and external individuals. Strong ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize competing assignments with little or no supervision is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to exercise considerable initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assignments. Ability to handle confidential information in a discrete and responsible manner. Ability to troubleshoot minor IT issues.
Five years experience in an academic setting. Associates or College Degree preferred. All of Microsoft Office Suite program experience is preferred.
$13.86 - $17.32 per hour