OMG!s are Active

Both syllabi are up. Please review and direct any questions or problems to the instructor.

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Job Listing

I received this job announcement and post it here in case of interest:

Dynamic Part-time Instructors Needed
Are you passionate about teaching and insanely gifted at motivating young people? Catalyst Prep, an innovative, outside-the-box test prep company, is looking for talented SAT, ACT and Subject Area teachers (no prior test prep experience necessary!) to work with students. Areas covered will include the East Coast and nationally online.
Catalyst Prep strives to change the way learners prepare for standardized tests by pairing extensive test prep experience and research with a humorous, ground-breaking curriculum. Catalyst provides the perfect opportunity for students, pre-service and seasoned educators to utilize a talent for teaching while enjoying a flexible evening and weekend schedule.
Compensation starts at $25/hour for independent prep and $250/weekend for Bootcamp workshops. Paid training included.
For more information and to apply to be considered for 2017 please contact Kate Meersschaert:
Or, apply directly:

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From Don Stitt

It was truly a pleasure to work with you all on Saturday morning.

Thank you for implementing my suggestions.

I think the resulting presentation was very professional, and it made for
a lovely afternoon’s entertainment.

I had hoped to say farewell at the lunch down the hill, but
the snow caught me by surprise. After the drive back to the
house to feed and walk my dog, I didn’t feel safe enough
on Mill Plain Road to make the return trip.

But you are all engaging writers, and I hope our workshop has
shown you that an audience wants to like you, and wants to
hear the words you have written.

There is no rational reason to be nervous or afraid. Ever.

My best wishes to each of you for success with your writing.

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Schedule Changes for Saturday, 1/7

Folks, due to the expected weather today and the distance of travel for the two scheduled readers, we are cancelling tonight’s reading. I know many of you would like to get home, too, so we are also going to cancel the Thesis Q&A and move the Wrap-Up Meeting to 3:00.

Thesis students, look out for an email message from me early next week with details about the thesis process, and–of course–call, email, or drop by the office any time if you have questions.

Thanks to all for a great residency!

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Short Mystery market for New England writers!

Level Best Books put out a call for submissions for their latest crime fiction anthology Snowbound, which is specifically for stories that take place in New England, or that are penned by New England authors. That means you!  If you write short crime fiction, which there are few opportunities to do, you should jump on this chance.


Here are the full guidelines:

Beginning January 1st Level Best Books will be accepting submissions for the fifteenth Best New England Crime Stories anthology. Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories will be published in November 2017 and debut at the New England Crime Bake

The submission requirements and procedures have changed from previous years, so please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.


  • Stories must be set in New England or be written by a New England author* in the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror from any time period (historical, modern day, future, etc.), and during any season of the year.
  • Stories must not exceed 5,000 words.
  • Stories must be previously unpublished in print or electronically, including self-published works (to include author websites).
  • Stories from both previously unpublished and published authors will be considered.
  • The Level Best editors will consider up to two stories from the same author per anthology**
  • Stories submitted previously, and not published in the interim, are welcome, especially those that have been revised.
  • New England stories are set in the six New England states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. If you have questions about whether your story qualifies, please query before submitting
  • We will not consider stories that feature graphic scenes of torture or sex

*Please note: This is a change from previous years. Authors do not need to reside in New England to be eligible.
**While we will consider up to two stories by any author, only one story per author will appear in any anthology

How To Submit:

Submissions will be accepted from January 1 –  May 31, 2017

  • Please email your submission to
  • Type “SNOWBOUND Short Story Submission” in the subject line of your email (without it attachments will not be opened). We have overlapping submission periods for different anthologies so please indicate which you are submitting to.
  • Include your name, address, phone number, email, story title, word count, and a brief summary of your publishing experience (if any) in the body of the email
  • Please paginate your story (format page numbers in either the header or footer of the document)
  • Send your story as a Word attachment, double-spaced
  • Please either type ### or “The End” to indicate the ending of your story
  • Submissions will be read blindly by the judges. Your story will be coded to insure anonymity before it is sent to the judges, therefore your name should not appear anywhere on the document
  • We will promptly acknowledge the receipt of your submission
  • There is no entry fee
  • Level Best Books is a paying market & an MWA approved publisher
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Friday, January 6

All of today’s MFA events are proceeding as scheduled!

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Great opportunity for MFA graduates

Graduating? If you’re willing to move to Iowa and want to teach, here is a fantastic fellowship opportunity.-

Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellowship at the Center for the Literary Arts, Cornell College

Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college, invites applications for a two-year fellowship appointment.  The fellowship is a half-time varied-hours position to be held over the nine months of each academic year. Responsibilities include helping administer the Center for the Literary Arts, helping run the Visiting Writers Series, assisting with the publishing of Open Field, the college’s long-running literary journal, public readings, and teaching two courses, typically a combination of an Introduction to Creative Writing and a First Year Writing course. MFA in Creative Writing or Ph. D. with creative writing dissertation, some teaching or administrative experience, and publication in literary journals required; experience with a letterpress printing press desirable. The fellowship offers an annual salary of $25,000 and benefits, including an affordable on-campus housing option.  Appointment to begin in August 2017.

Cornell College has attracted national attention for its distinctive academic calendar under which faculty teach and students take one course at a time in month-long segments. The College is committed to excellence in teaching and encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty.  The Department seeks individuals who are committed to building a creative, dynamic and diverse workplace that celebrates the uniqueness of our faculty, staff and students.

Letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, ten pages of recent creative work, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contacts for two references should be submitted. Formal consideration of applications will begin February 1st and will continue until position is filled. The statement of teaching philosophy should address the candidate’s commitment to teaching a diverse student population.

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