2017 Schedule of Events

Thanks to generous support from the Ohio Arts Council, our evening readings and afternoon craft seminars are free and open to the public. These events are marked in bold below. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in the Dwight Schar Education Building in Ashland, Ohio.  

Please note that the schedule of events is subject to change. Questions may be sent to mfa@ashland.edu, or call 419.289.5098,  

Friday, July 14

12:00-4:00 p.m. Faculty Check-In (Student Center)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Faculty Meal
6:00 Shopping trip as needed

Saturday, July 15

10 am-3:00 p.m. Faculty Meeting and Workshop
2:00-6:00 p.m. Student Check-In (Hawkins-Conard Student Center)
6:00 p.m. All-Program Dinner and Reception (Myers Convocation Center - Trustee's Room)
     6:00-6:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
     6:30-6:45 p.m. Residency Welcome and Introductions
     7:00 p.m. Dinner

Sunday, July 16

9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Commuter and Late Arrival Check-in
10:00-12:00 p.m. New Student Orientation
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch (Lower Convo Dining Hall)
1:00-2:00 p.m. Campus Tour (optional)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Introduction to the Residency
2:30-3:30 p.m. "The Writing Life" William Haywood Henderson, Tom Larson, R.O. Kwon
3:30-4:30 p.m. 503 Meeting/ Thesis Prep Session
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7:00 p.m. Visiting Writer Reading: Terry Tempest Williams

Monday, July 17

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session I
          10:45-12:00 p.m. Terry Tempest Williams visits CNF classrooms
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Visiting Writer Craft Seminar: Terry Tempest Williams "The Power of Story"
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Faculty Reading: R.O. Kwon, Kathryn Winograd

Tuesday, July 18

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session I
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Faculty Craft Seminars
   Fiction: William Haywood Henderson "Specific Details"

   CNF: Tom Larson "Nonfiction Possibilities"
   Poetry: Mark Neely "Thinking in Images"
3:30-5 p.m. Social Hour
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7:00-8:00 p.m. Faculty Reading: Erika KrouseAlex LemonBonnie Rough 

Wednesday, July 19

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session I
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Faculty Craft Seminar
   Fiction: Nayomi Munaweera "Listening to the Voices, Making Up People: Character Development in Fiction"
   CNF: Bonnie Rough "The Reported Essay: When a Writer Goes to Find Out"
   Poetry: Angie Estes and Kathryn Winograd "Workshopping Poems"

3:30-4:30 p.m. Blackboard Training Session
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7:00 p.m. Visiting Writer in Fiction Reading:  Rebecca Makkai

Thursday, July 20

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session I
      10:45-11:45 a.m. Rebecca Makkai visits Fiction classroom
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Visiting Writer in Fiction Craft Seminar:  Rebecca Makkai "You Talkin' to Me? The Ear of the Story"
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7:00 p.m. Faculty Reading: William Haywood HendersonMark NeelySteve Harvey
9:00 p.m. Student Open-Mic

Friday, July 21

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session I
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Free Time (Optional Ohio State Reformatory Tour)
Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, July 22

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch 
1:30-3:00 p.m. "The Landscape of Publishing in the 21st Century" (Jon Parrish Peede, Kirsten Reach, Dan Bourne)
3:30-4:30 p.m. ENG 502 Meeting (optional for 501 students)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7:00 p.m. Visiting Editor Reading:  Kirsten Reach, Jon Parrish Peede, Dan Bourne

Sunday, July 23

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Alumni Panel Presentation "Life After the MFA" with Marci Vogel, Nicole Robinson, and Marilyn Bousquin
3-4 p.m. Book Swap
4:00-6:00 p.m.  Reception and Light Meal in Coburn Art Gallery
7:00 p.m. Alumni Reading: Marci Vogel, Marilyn Bousquin, Jon Kerstetter, Nicole Robinson

Monday, July 24

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session II
      9:30-11:45 a.m. Marci Vogel visits poetry thesis class
      10:45-11:45 a.m. Jon Kerstetter visits CNF thesis class
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Craft Seminars
   Fiction: Robin Black "Point Of View Bootcamp"
   CNF: Steve Harvey "It's All in the Timing: Juggling Exposition, Dialogue, and Scene in Nonfiction"
   Poetry: Mark Irwin "On the Line in Poetry"
3:30-4:30 p.m. First Book Q&A: A Discussion with Jon Kerstetter

5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner 
7:00 p.m. Visiting Writer in Poetry Reading: Dexter L. Booth

Tuesday, July 25

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session II
     9:30-11:45 a.m. Dexter L. Booth visits poetry classroom
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Poetry Visiting Writer Craft Seminar: Dexter L. Booth "Of the Same Earth: Race, Poverty, and Absurdity in America"
          Faculty Q&A panel: Mark Irwin and Alex Lemon

3:30-4:30 Blackboard Orientation for Faculty
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Faculty Reading: Angie EstesRobin Black, Joe Mackall
9:00 p.m. Student Open Mic Night

Wednesday, July 26

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session II
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Craft Seminars
   Fiction: R.O. Kwon "Failing Better: On Revising"
   CNF: Joe Mackall "Research for Memoir and Literary Journalism"
   Poetry: Alex Lemon "Drafts and Revisions"
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Prompt Party with Sarah Freligh (offsite)

5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner (Accent Room)
7 p.m. Faculty Reading: Mark Irwin,  Tom LarsonNayomi Munaweera

Thursday, July 27

9-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session II
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Graduating Student Reading
3:00-4:00 p.m. Group Photo Session (Schar Lawn)
5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Graduation Celebration

Friday, July 28

9:00-11:45 a.m. Writing Workshop Session II
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. Post-Thesis Student Meeting
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, July 29

8:00-11:00 a.m. Check-Out (Schar Lobby)