Spotlight On… Brian Thiem!

New Spotlight on MFA Mentor Brian Thiem! Read about how he got into writing, his time at the program, and important advice for current students here.

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Spotlight On… Beth Turley!

New Spotlight on MFA website features former student, Beth Turley! Check out what she has to say about the program and her amazing achievements since here!

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Opening Picnic, August Residency

A friendly reminder that all faculty and alumni are invited to join the current students at the opening picnic at 5:00 on Tuesday, August 1!

We hope to see as many of you there as possible to help us acknowledge alumni who have given back significantly to the program, to welcome the new students, and to welcome our incoming Coordinator, Anthony D’Aries.

The picnic is hosted by the WCSU Alumni Affairs office and will take place at the Alumni Pavilion just below the Westside Classroom Building (with the Campus Center Ballroom as backup in case of bad weather).

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Assistance for Our Friend David Griffith

Dear MFA Community,

Many of you have heard by now the tragic news of Victoria Griffith’s passing. A family member of David and Victoria has set up a page to raise funds for Victoria’s funeral. If you are inclined to contribute, you may do so here:

Our hearts and support go out to David and his daughter, Skye.

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Reading Assignment for D’Aries

Folks, you may have noticed that the reading material linked for Anthony’s workshop is not the same as what is listed in the description. So disregard the description–the materials in this link are the correct readings:



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Brian Thiem Publication

Brian Thiem’s mystery, Shallow Grave, is now out in stores and available today!


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A new anthology of crime fiction (and other related genres) related to the infamous Alcatraz island prison, Hard Sentences, is out today.




It includes stories by up-and-coming writers including Nik Korpon, Amber Sparks, Rob Hart, and “Being Whitey”, my own latest short story.


And today is Amazon Prime Day, so the coupon code PRIMEBOOKS17 will knock $5 off any $15 purchase of print books you make. Much easier than flying to California and going to the Alcatraz gift shop.

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