The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, will be hosting a one-day seminar featuring two panels exploring value of MFA programs, the differences between low-residency and traditional MFA programs, and alternatives to the MFA. The seminar will take place on Saturday October 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Light refreshments, such as muffins, coffee, and orange juice, will start the day at 9:30 a.m. and invigorate everyone before the panels begin. The first panel, “MA & MFA Nuts & Bolts,” will meet from 10:00 a.m. until noon and feature directors of local MA and MFA programs. A one-hour break for lunch will follow.
The second, “Personal Journeys,” will feature individuals who’ll relate their personal writing journeys and what role, if any, the MFA played in the process. The second panel will run from 1:00 p.m. until 3 p.m. and be followed by a wine and cheese reception for informal mingling and networking opportunities.
Panelists will include Michael Collier, David Everett, David Keplinger, Eugenia Kim, Tim Denevi, Tarfia Faizullah, Barbara Klein Moss, Jenny Moore, Amber Withycombe, and moderators Amin Ahmad and Nicole Idar.
If you’re already in an MFA program, curious about MFA programs, considering other intensive writing workshop opportunities, or even seeking to maintain focus in a stimulating environment after having completed an MFA, then these panels are for you.
Location: The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Fees: $50 ($35 for members and educators, $20 for students)