Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spalding’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program Offers Community Workshop in Creative Writing

LOUISVILLE, KY. (March 11, 2015) Award-winning Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson will lead a community workshop for local creative writers sponsored by Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program. The 8-day, non-credit writing workshop runs May 23-30, during the MFA program’s spring residency. Students are invited to attend all residency events, including lectures and panel discussions normally reserved exclusively for MFA students.

“There are so many good writers who may be curious about what an MFA program offers,” Wilkinson said. “This is an excellent way for members of the community to get a sample of how the program works. I am delighted to be teaching this workshop.”

Writers interested in attending the community workshop should email a 5- to 7-page writing sample in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting, or screenwriting to The workshop is limited to 12 students. Applicants receive a $150 discount off the full price of $800 if they apply by April 13. All applications are due by April 22.

Wilkinson is the author of  Blackberries, Blackberries, winner of the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature, and Water Street, a finalist for both the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Both books were originally published by the Toby Press. She is also the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. She teaches fiction in Spalding’s low-residency MFA in Writing program and is Appalachian Writer in Residence at Berea College.

For more information, email or call 502-873-4399.

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