SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE
FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENT, & ALUMNI NEWS FOR MAY 2011
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Contact: Tanya Whiton
For Release: May 3, 2011
The regular application deadline for the summer residency/fall 2011 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is May 9, 2011 (not a postmark date —applications, essays and writing samples must be received by our offices before or on May 9; letters of recommendation and transcripts must be received by May 20.
The fall 2011 semester begins with our summer residency, July 8 through July 17, 2011.
For detailed program information and a downloadable application form, go to: www.pmc.edu/mfa
This month’s alumni guest column is by Hannah Goodman, who writes on the topic of teaching adult continuing education courses.
To read Hannah’s column, scroll down or click here.
READINGS & EVENTS
Poet Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. as part of the Concord Poetry Center’s Off-the-Grid Series in the Musquetiquid Room, first floor, Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA. She will also be reading from Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones —co-recipient of the 2010 Sheila Motton Prize — on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA.
For more information, go to: http://www.concordpoetry.org/ and/or http://www.nepoetryclub.org/
MFA student Melissa Lucken (aka Isabelle Drake) will be signing books on Saturday, May 21 from 2–4 p.m. at Bestsellers Books & Coffee, 360 South Jefferson Street, Mason, MI.
For more information, go to: http://www.bestsellersbookstore.com/
Program Director Meg Kearney will be reading with fellow New Hampshire State Arts Council fellows on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Kaplanoff Room at the PEA Library, Exeter Academy, 20 Main Street, Exeter NH.
For more information, go to: http://www.nh.gov/nharts/
MFA student Cathy Cultice Lentes (Ms. Lentes will be joining the program in July) has helped to coordinate and will be reading as part of the Women in Appalachia Project’s “Women Speak” event, which pairs a visual art opening with an evening of story, song, poetry, and dance on Thursday, May 12 from 6–9 p.m. at the Baker University Theater, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
For more information, go to: www.womenofappalachiaevents.com
KathleenAguero’s short story, “A Comfortable Woman,” was recently published online in http://towerjournal.com/.
MFA graduate Faye Rapoport-DesPres’ essay “Tulip” will appear in the next issue of Superstition Review.
For more information, go to: http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/n6/index.php
Meg Kearney’s poem “Home By Now” appears in Garrison Keillor’s new anthology, Good Poems, American Places.
For more information, go to: http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670022540,00.html
Melissa Lucken’s (aka Isabelle Drake) story “Rock and Roll Fantasy” will be released May 18 from Total-E-Bound.
For more information, go to: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
MFA graduate Ann McArdle’s story “Tomorrow” was read aloud on Carole Giangrande’s podcast, “Words to Go.”
For more information, go to: http://www.wordstogopodcast.com, Podcast #28.
Multi-genre writer Sandra Scofield contributed an essay (coauthored with her daughter, Jessica Scofield) to a new book from Texas Tech University Press: Llano Estacado: An Island in the Sky. The essay, “Readings,” was also published in the April 2011 Texas Monthly, which can be read online.
For more information, go to: http://www.texasmonthly.com/2011-04-01/webextra4.php
MFA graduate Faye Snider’s story “Goldie’s Gold” will be published in the June edition of Alimentum: The Literature of Food.
For more information, go to: http://www.alimentumjournal.com/
MFA writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg recently published two personal/critical essays: “The Person To Whom Things Happened: Finding the Inner Story in Personal Narratives” appears in The Grist: A Journal For Writers, Issue 4 and “Writing Literary Memoir: Are We Obligated To Tell the ‘Real ‘Truth?” which appears in the April issue of the online magazine Talking Writing.
For more information, go to: http://www.gristjournal.com/ and/or http://talkingwriting.com/?p=16852
MFA graduate Alison Stone recently had two poems, “Amtrak 135” and “The Devil's in the Details,” accepted by New York Quarterly.
For more information, go to: http://www.nyquarterly.org/issues/current.html
CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, & SEMINARS
Meg Kearney and Kathleen Aguero will both be teaching poetry workshops with high school students on Friday, May 13, and MFA graduate Melissa Varnavas will participate in a panel, “Getting Your MFA?” on the pros and cons of the MFA experience on Saturday, May 13 from 3–4 p.m. as part of the Mass Poetry Festival, scheduled for May 13–14 in Salem, MA.
For more information, go to: http://masspoetry.org/
MFA student William Hastings was recently named the editor of the book review section of The International Worker.
For more information, go to: www.iww.org
MFA student Laura Jones’ artwork will be on display at the George Waters Gallery at Elmira College in Elmira, NY in July.
Teaching Adult Continuing Education
By Hannah Goodman
One of the first continuing education classes that I taught was called Sensual Writing at The Learning Connection in Providence, RI — certainly not a class I could or would have taught when I was a high school English teacher. While my class was not exactly about writing erotic literature (it focused on using sensory language in creative writing), it was definitely for the over-eighteen crowd.
I have been a teacher for thirteen years and for seven of those years, I’ve worked with adults, teaching courses that are not attached to any certification or degree; I’ve taught for learning centers, universities, and libraries. I teach courses in writing and publishing (I’ve self-published a few novels and had some minor successes in newspaper and literary magazine writing).
Here is what I have discovered:
HOW TO GET GIGS
In my case, my mother knew the owner of The Learning Connection. I had just published my first book, so the director was interested in having me teach for her. Colleagues of mine have gotten adult education gigs through simply writing up interesting course descriptions and sending them along to directors of learning centers and schools. Demonstrating your expertise is key to landing a gig — these places do look for credentials: publication credits, a master’s degree, or even just a unique specialty.
The best way to find out what your town or city has to offer is to call the local public education administration and ask about non-degree, adult continuing education. Google adult learning in your town and state; check out your libraries and chamber of commerce, churches and synagogues, tutoring centers, and local universities, too.
Some places will provide you with a loose outline or guidelines for a class you propose to teach, and other places just want to see a blurb and the rest is up to you. Either way, I always provide a detailed syllabus for my students. I also use handouts with resources for writing and publishing. Adult students need structure as much as younger students. The syllabus also makes the course (and you) look professional.
• Adults are willing students who want to be there, in sharp contrast to the years I spent teaching public school.
• No grading or taking work home.
• Most classes are at night or on Saturdays.
• The freedom to teach without adhering to a strict curriculum imposed by somebody else.
• Networking —I have been wanting to break into university teaching and recently a professor from a local college attended one of my classes. She enjoyed the class so much she offered to connect me with the head of her college’s writing department.
• Opportunities to market your business (private tutoring, copy writing, etc.) and/or creative work (I don’t do this overtly, but I always bring business cards!)
• Low pay. You will not make a living off teaching adult continuing education courses. Usually the pay is around $25 per hour (of teaching, not planning). I’ve made (at the most) $50 per hour.
• Sometimes a class doesn’t run and you’ve spent time planning it.
• Types of writing classes offered that are popular: How To Break Into Publishing, Self-publishing for Pleasure or Profit, Creative Writing Workshops, Memoir Writing, Book Discussions, Grammar Refresher.
• Most places won’t offer a class that is too specific because they are harder to enroll. Your audience will generally be folks over the age of 45 who haven’t taken a writing class since college or high school.
• Experiment with different venues and settings: I rent space at the local chamber of commerce and freelance for the Providence Public Library, which has grant money for visiting writers. If you decide to teach out of your home, screen carefully!
• Keep your expectations low; these students are generally new to writing and haven’t been in a classroom in awhile. Also remember that you are teaching adults —not children— and be mindful of treating them as such. Your job is to be enthusiastic and provide information and resources.
Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices (www.solsticelitmag.org) seeks an intern to assist with running an online journal. Duties include: serving as an initial reader for regular submissions, managing a blog, copy editing, researching writers’ organizations and other relevant groups, helping to promote the magazine, assisting with filing of submissions and correspondence with writers, and other business matters. Some knowledge of Mac essential; knowledge of online publishing a plus, but not necessary —tutoring on Wordpress offered. Interns are expected to commit to an average of 8 hours per week; some weeks will require more, some less.
Interested applicants should email Executive Editor Lee Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ozone Park Journal seeks submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short plays, play excerpts, or literary translations for its spring 2011 issue, with a deadline of May 10, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.ozoneparkjournal.org
Augury Books announces its first-ever Editors' Prize in poetry, with a deadline of
May 15, 2011.
For more information, go to: http://augurybooks.com/submissions/
The Common is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through May 15, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.thecommononline.org
Salamander announces its 2011 Fiction Prize, with a deadline of May 15, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.salamandermag.org
New Letters announces its 2011 Literary Award for Writers, with a deadline of May 18, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.newletters.org
Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks seeks submissions for the June 2011 poetry issue. Submit up to twenty-four poems with a deadline of May 21, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.echapbook.com.
Main Street Rag announces its annual Chapbook Contest, with a deadline of May 31. 2011.
For more information, go to: www.mainstreetrag.org
River Styx announces its 2011 International Poetry Contest, with a deadline of May 31, 2011.
For more information, go to: www.riverstyx.org
Tin House is accepting submissions of stories, essays, and poems through May 31, 2011.
For more information, go to: http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html
The Carolina Quarterly announces The Riding a Gradient Invisible Contest for flash fiction, prose poetry, and other short, experimental forms with a deadline of June 1, 2011.
For more information, go to: http://thecarolinaquarterly.com
Philadelphia Stories announces its third annual Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction, with a deadline of June 11, 2011.
For more information, go to: http://www.philadelphiastories.org/marguerite-mcglinn-prize-fiction-0
Anderbo announces its Creative Nonfiction Prize, with a deadline of June 15, 2011.
For more information, visit: www.anderbo.com.
Literal Latte announces its Short Short Contest, with a deadline of June 30, 2011.
For more information, visit: www.literal-latte.com/contests.
Midway Journal accepts submissions between December and June annually. Submit drama, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
For more information, go to: www.midwayjournal.com/Submissions.html.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative announces its annual Bechtel Prize, with a deadline of June 30, 2011. Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in classroom teaching, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing.
For more information, go to: http://www.twc.org/publications/bechtel-prize
Poets & Writers Magazine seeks freelance writers to pen timely news and trend articles for the “Why We Write,” “Literary Life,” and “Practical Writer” sections.
For guidelines, visit: www.pw.org/about-us/submission_guidelines.
The Los Angeles Review seeks reviewers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translations to handle brief (approx 200 words) reviews of new books from university and independent publishers.
For more information, email Joe Ponepinto, Book Review Editor, at LAReview.email@example.com
The Postcard Press seeks prose works of 100 words or fewer, and poems of 10 lines/35 characters per line or fewer.
For more information, go to: www.the-postcard-press.com
Subtropics seeks works of fiction of any length, essays, and works in translation.
For more information, go to: http://www.english.ufl.edu/subtropics/submit.html
Rhino welcomes submissions of poetry, short-shorts, and translations.
For more information, go to: www.rhinopoetry.org
ABOUT SOLSTICE & PINE MANOR COLLEGE
As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.
For more information, visit www.pmc.edu/mfa