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The Writer’s Center presents Make Lit Happen: Journeys Through the MFA and Beyond

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, in Bethesda, Maryland

This one-day seminar will examine the value of MFA programs, the differences between low-residency and traditional MFA programs and alternatives to the MFA. The seminar will include two panels focusing on MFAs and alternatives.

The first panel, which will consist of directors of local MFA and MA programs, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. The second, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., will consist of individuals who will relate their particular journeys as writers and the role the MFA played or did not play in the process. The seminar will have a 1-hour break for lunch between the two panels and a wine and cheese reception for informal mingling and networking after the second panel. Light refreshments will also be provided — muffins, orange juice and coffee — at 9:30 a.m. before the first panel meets.

This seminar is for anybody who is:

  • curious about an MFA program
  • already in a program
  • considering other intensive writing workshops
  • seeking to maintain focus in a stimulating environment after having completed an MFA.

Panelists will include Michael Collier, David Everett, David Keplinger, Eugenia Kim, Tim Denevi, Barbara Klein Moss, Jenny Moore, Amber Withycombe and moderators Amin Ahmad and Nicole Idar.

Location: The Writer’s Center

4508 Walsh Street

Bethesda, MD 20815

Fees: $50 ($35 for members and educators, $20

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