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WV Wesleyan MFA Winter 2019 Residency"Memoirists wish to tell their mind, not their story." --M.F.Guest nonfiction faculty Matthew Ferrence discusses how to structure emotional shift in the essay (with some help from big-hair 80s rock!).This lecture discusses these essays: Brian Doyle, “Joyas Voladoras”; Jericho Parms, “Still Life With Chair”; Beth…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2018 Residency"The thing that I love about metaphor is that's when you know you're with another person...when you're reading something and you encounter a metaphor that you're grateful to receive, that's when you feel less alone." -- NPGuest fiction writer Nathan Poole reads his story "Open Season" for the Visiting Writers Se…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2018 ResidencyEndings don't stand alone; we must lay groundwork for them throughout our stories. Corcoran discusses how to achieve an ending that is "inevitable but surprising": "If your story evolves, remember to let the ending evolve too." --J.C.This lecture discusses the stories: “In the Gloaming,” Alice Elliott Dark; “The…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2018 Residency“When do you let the characters speak? When you can't stop them." -- Prose writer Richard SchmittThis lecture discusses “Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield (originally published in Bliss and Other Stories, 1918) and “Land of the Living” by Sam Shepard (from his 2009 collection, Day out of Days).…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2018 Residency“Research helps us avoid historical erasure." -- Poet Remica Bingham-RisherThis lecture discusses work by Ocean Vuong, Natasha Trethewey, Patricia Smith, and others. You'll find the readings here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FbN0x0pLYCMrM6jywB0OPYgZEfQzwHZ90C1V4yOx3QM/edit#gid=0Remica's work at resid…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Winter 2018 Residency"So I started this novel that's asking the question, 'How do we deal with grief?'" --JTGuest faculty Jacinda Townsend, author of "Saint Monkey" (winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best fiction written by a woman in 2014 and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for best historical fiction), reads from her n…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Winter 2018 Residency"I wrote about these traumas because I didn't want anyone else who might go through them to feel like they were alone." -- LJCGuest memoirist Laurie Jean Cannady reads from "Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul" for the Visiting Writers Series supported with funding from the WV Humanities Council. Find out more about…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Winter 2018 Residency"We write the same story over and over again...until we write our way out of the story." -- RGHGuest poet Rebecca Gayle Howell reads a selection of poems for the Visiting Writers Series supported with funding from the WV Humanities Council.Rebecca's AMERICAN PURGATORY won the 2016 Sexton Prize: http://www.rebecc…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2017 Residency"They say Make a bowl of your heart." -- MCHGuest faculty member Mary Carroll-Hackett reads a selection of poems for the Visiting Writers Series supported with funding from the WV Humanities Council.Mary's DEATH FOR BEGINNERS was released in Oct 2017 with Kelsay Books: https://marycarrollhackett.com/…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2017 Residency“Speculation is not factual claim; it’s conjecture based on research, observation, and instinct.” -- Jason Howard, guest writer partially funded by a grant from the WV Humanities Council This lecture includes discussion of “The Lady with the Alligator Purse,” an essay by Sonja Livingston.…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2017 Residency“Fiction runs naturally against stereotype, poetry should too, to work against the righteousness in yourself." -- Poet Rodney Jones This lecture discusses work by Anne Carson, Michael Ondaatje, Gwendolyn Brooks, Larry Levis, James Wright, Karen Solie, and John Berryman. You'll find the readings here: http://www2…
 
WV Wesleyan MFA Summer 2017 Residency“Plot can be more unsettling than argument which can be answered.” In her summer lecture "What Is Light Without Dark?: Using Thematic Contrast to Build Narrative Tension and Character," Guest Fiction Faculty Mesha Maren quotes and discusses Eudora Welty's "Must the Novelist Crusade?" Other texts discussed in thi…
 
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