Enrichment Presentations

If you need/want to do an enrichment presentation at the January residency, please inform me as soon as possible, even if you have told me already that you intend to give a presentation. In other words, as of now, I have no one scheduled for an enrichment presentation.

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AWP Discount

Students and Part-Time Faculty,

If you are thinking about going to AWP and wondering how you can save a few bucks, here it is: you can volunteer four hours (which usually is spent working at the help desk or checking people in, I think) and get your registration fee waived. www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/registration_volunteer

If you are a student,  you also can apply for travel funds from the Student Government Association at WestConn. Contact Dennis Lesko in the Dean of Students office for info. Or ask Melissa Gordon–she looked into it recently.

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AWP Deadline is Noon Friday

And every single one of you (yes, you, Current Student) should be submitting.

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For YA Authors

Our friend Regina Brooks is offering a great deal!



starts November 1st, 2014

No query? No pitch? No problem!

Get in front of top YA Editors and Agents
with only the first 250 words of your YA novel!
Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.

Regina Brooks is the CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of  the award winning book Writing Great Books for Young Adults now available in a second edition.

The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at Random HouseHarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and PenguinScholastic, Feiwel and FriendsKensingtonCandlewickBloomsburySimon and Schuster, and Penguin.   The top 20 authors will receive a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a full manuscript reading and feedback from Regina Brooks.

Please submit all entries via the contest website at One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until 11:59pm (ET),
In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.
so… ENTER NOW! http://goo.gl/dAxPt2

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Brian Turner Reading and Workshop

Brian Turner’s reading will take place in Alumni Hall (Midtown campus) at 6:30 pm on Monday, November 3. I hope all of you who are within easy driving distance will come and support this MFA program! There are still a few seats left in the after-reading workshop, so let me know if you want to attend. The workshop will take place in Student Center Room 226. As usual, copies of his books will be available at the reading.

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THE NICKRONOMICON up for pre-order.

People who read horror, fantasy, and occasionally even The New Yorker are probably familiar with author H. P. Lovecraft. Everyone else—not so much. Unlike vampires and zombies, Lovecraftian creations are notoriously unfilmmable as they are more representative of a philosophy of metaphysical defeatism than any of the standard monstrous types which are based on more organic fears of the body, animals, and death.

Lovecraft was also eager to have his friends and epigones add their own stories to his  rather loosely organized “mythos”, which means that for the past seventy years or so Lovecraftian themes and imagery have appeared virtually everywhere, from the stories of Joyce Carol Oates, to stapled-together fanzines, to underground comics. Some of Lovecraft’s stuff has leaked into popular culture in a superficial way: if there are tentacles coming out of a vortex in a video game, that’s Lovecraftian. If there’s a mention of a book of an accursed book of magic called The Necronomicon in a movie, that’s Lovecraftian. And if you remember the long speeches of Rust Cohle in True Detective (“time is a flat circle” et al.) that’s Lovecraftian. Lovecraft recently even made it into what we used to call “the canon” without snickering, thanks to both Penguin Classics and Library of America editions of his works.

I’ve been writing Lovecraftian fiction for a while myself—there’s a built-in audience for it, and several opportunities for short fiction anthologies every year, plus a couple of small e-zines dedicated to the stuff. One of them, Innsmouth Free Press, also publishes books and has decided to collect twelve of my stories, and to commission a new one, in order to create The Nickronomicon (note spelling!), which is now up for pre-order direct from the publisher, for a twenty percent discount. (It’s also up for Kindle, NOOK, and Kobo for $5.00.) And it’s illustrated. See?

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My own Lovecraftian “gimmick” has been to write about Lovecraftian themes in the voices of other writers. Included in this book are my stories “That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable”, which combines Lovecraft and Raymond Carver, and “Hideous Interview with Brief Man”, which mixes David Foster Wallace with Lovecraft. The free online sample story at the pre-order page, “And Then And Then And Then”, is a remix of Lovecraft and performance poet/memoirist Michelle Tea. They are both from New England, after all…

(I’ve also done novel-length treatments: Move Under Ground is Lovecraft and Kerouac, The Damned Highway is Lovecraft and Hunter S. Thompson, presented as missing chapters to Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.)

Anyway, we’re hoping to hit a couple of hundred pre-orders and the sale ends on November 1st. If Lovecraft, or my work is of interest to you, I’d recommend picking up a discounted copy from the publisher (support the small press!) or pre-ordering the ebook edition of your choice. I’m always happy to talk about Lovecraft at the January residency as well. See you all soon!

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…to all of our newly admitted MFA community members for Spring 2015!

Carolyn Bernier, Camellia Mukherjee, Justin O’Donnell, Anthony Range, and Tunde Sogunro

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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