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The newsletter of the Spalding MFA in Writing Alumni Association

March 2023 Issue

Opportunities Coming Up

March 9: Spalding Happy hour at AWP in Seattle!


March 14: Limited workshop slots are available to alumni for the Quebec City residency, June 25 - July 3 in prose and dramatic writing. Email Katy by 3/14.


March 15: Reserve a Brown Hotel room for Homecoming--first come, first served. Link below.


March 23: Registration deadline for Business of Writing Seminars. $25 gets you access for the full day, March 25, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. Seminars: creating an artist portfolio, copywriting, submitting to lit mags, grant writing.


April 10: Writing at the Brown Writers’ Retreat registration deadline. The retreat happens during spring residency, May 27-June 2. Be here for Distinguished Visiting Playwright Martyna Majok, 2018 Pulitzer winner for Cost of Living

Martyna Majok

Save the Date, Get a Room:

Virtual and In-person Homecoming

Virtual Homecoming: May 31 - June 2.


In-person Homecoming: June 1 - 2. Pre-events May 31; after-party the evening of June 2.


First come, first served: Brown Hotel rooms at the student rate for Homecoming. $135/night, including tax. Submit the spring residency questionnaire by March 15; we'll confirm your reservation by March 31.

Brand-new Alumni Website!

Visit our gorgeous new alumni website, designed by the talented Nancy Chen Long (P '13)! Bookmark spaldingmfaalum.com for our yearly calendar, alumni programs, writer resources, more.

Alumni News

The latest issue of Life of a Writer is up on the Good River Review blog!


Send us your Life of a Writer news. Next deadline is April 15, but you can submit anytime.


Check the Spalding MFA in Writing Alumni Association Facebook group to connect with other alums. Not a member? Ask to join

On the Blog: Latest Posts

“The risks you’re taking in your work now aren’t just for you." - Maggie Smith, A Pep Talk: Books as Permission Slips


"Our faculty members have published a whopping stack of great books recently!" - Kathleen Driskell, New Book Publications by Spalding MFA Faculty


"As categories, 'plot' and 'character' are perhaps just creaky artifacts . . ." - John Pipkin,

The Seductive and Enduring Myth of the Plot-driven Narrative

Scholarship Referrals

The $2,000 Alumni Select Scholarship is for applicants you refer. August 1 is the next early-decision application deadline.


Thanks to faculty and alums who referred students in our spring and summer incoming classes!


Kristin Brace

Carolyn Flynn

Nancy McCabe

Elaine Neil Orr

Bruce Marshall Romans


If your name is not on this list but should be, email Katy to be listed in the next issue.

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