The University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing Program at AWP

This year, we have the good fortune of being patrons at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs annual conference in Washington DC.  Faculty, students and alumni will represent the University of Miami on panels, book signings, and the bookfair.  This year we are even hosting an off site event.  Expect to see at least 30 University of Miami Writers and Poets roaming the conference.  Please see the schedule below and join us!

Thursday, February 3

Exhibition Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Table A23.  
Author Signing.  Jane Alison and Paul Perry

Virginia A Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level
R221. Fiction’s Future. (Tom Williams, Lance Olsen, M. Evelina Galang, Roy Kesey, Debra DiBlasi, Steve Tomasula) This panel invites five aesthetically diverse authors brave or foolish enough to respond to think aloud about fiction’s future. What might fiction look like, read like, and why? What forms are we apt to see in the next five or fifteen years? What changes in publishing, distribution, media, and the sociohistorical landscape might impact what we mean when we say “fiction,” “journal,” “book,” “conventional,” and “innovative?” Should writers even concern themselves with such questions?

Friday, February 4

Exhibition Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Coffee House Press Table.  
Author Signing. M. Evelina Galang

Hampton Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, East Lobby
F183. The Virtues of Obsession. (C.J. Hribal, A. Manette Ansay, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Turchi) Writers often worry about saying or writing something new, about not repeating themselves—but a lot of wonderful writers return to the same essential material, and find new angles, new aspects to explore. Four writers will talk about the virtues of obsession—whether in process, content, or themes—and the value in recognizing and working (and reworking) the material one finds most compelling.

Exhibition Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Table A23.  
Author Signing.  Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor

Thurgood Marshall West Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level
F217. Ripping More Than a Bodice: Historical Fiction as Inquiry. (Debra Dean, Jane Alison, A. Manette Ansay, Jennifer Cody Epstein, Luis Alberto Urrea) Life is messy, history no less so. The panel will discuss the constraints and liberations of writing in this genre. How do writers use history to serve the story and what obligation do we owe to historical fact? Are there effective strategies to avoid being entombed in one’s own research? How does one achieve authenticity of character, voice, and setting in a way that is alive and compelling to the contemporary reader?

6:00PM - 8:00PM
TRYST (in Adams Morgan), 2459 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Hi-Brid: Mingle, Share & Toast (A reception hosted by the University of Miami Creative Writing Program). Join us for an evening of mingling, conversation, impromptu writing and drinks at Tryst (a laid-back cafe/lounge in Adams Morgan). Undergraduates are invited to find out more about our stellar fully-funded program. MFAs, meet your peers from across the country. UM alumni, all writers and faculty too, join us in a celebration of writing unencumbered. A cash bar with drink specials will be available, and we'll serve food platters. 

Saturday, February 5

Delaware Suite Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level
S124. Lucille’s Gifts: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton, Poet and Teacher. (KC Culver, Michael S. Glaser, Theresa Sotto, Jayme McLellan, Lauri Watkins) This panel will pay tribute to Lucille Clifton, not only as an author of international importance, but also as mentor and colleague. Lucille enjoyed a long career sharing her light with faculty, undergraduates, and graduates. Participants will discuss her compelling presence, her teaching and writing methods, and her influence on us as students, teachers, and human beings. We will also explore how her aesthetic influenced us as writers.

Ambassador Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby 
S162. Transformative Dialogues Between Writers of Color. (Alexs Pate, Quincy Troupe, David Mura, M. Evelina Galang) This panel will examine the dialogues taking place now between writers and communities of color. How do writers foster interventions and exchanges between people of color? How are we influenced by each other’s works and traditions? What are the necessary critiques and interventions that need to be made in this area? In what ways do such exchanges alter our view of history and the present? The panelists will use their own work and experience in such dialogues to explore these questions.

Exhibition Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Table A23.  
Author Signing. Megan Roth and Margaret Cardillo