MFA mentors Jane Cleland and Stephanie Wytovich are newly laureled! Cleland’s Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories that Keep Readers on the Edge of their Seats received the 2017 Agatha award for Best Nonfiction, and Wytovich’s Brothel received the Bram Stoker award for Poetry.

[I see that Brian T. beat me to the announcement for Jane!] Congratulations, Jane and Stephanie!

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Jane Cleland Wins Agatha Award

Our very own Jane Cleland won the Agatha Award today for Best Nonfiction Book for her superb writing craft book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot. For those who don’t know, the Agatha is one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery community, and is awarded at the Malice Domestic Conference. This is a major accomplishment.

Brian Thiem

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Alumni Update

Hello Everyone!

It’s been a long time and I wanted to update my niche on what’s going on in my life as a writer and photographer.
I’ve been getting stories and art published into various literary journals, which will help build up my resume.
I’ll be attending a writer’s conference in NYC this summer to pitch my creative nonfiction memoir so I will keep you posted on what happens. It’s a brand new book I started more than two years ago (2015-2017). I put away the other two I was working on. I finished them but they were more “practice” and I appreciate this now.
I have an updated website if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to. It is and I would LOVE to hear from any fellow alumni.

Peace & Love,
Jenn Powers

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Diversity and Writing Programs

I encourage everyone in the program to read this article. Discussion welcome here!

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Job list | Simon & Schuster, CBS Corp

Here is a list of 20 full-time editorial positions. You can click “internships” to see that list separately.  Simon & Schuster Jobs in New York

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August Residency

Just a reminder that the dates of the August residency are August 1-7, inclusive. If you are flying in, you should arrive in Danbury by early-to-mid afternoon on the 1st (New Student Orientation will begin at 3:00 and the Opening Convocation/picnic will begin at 5:00). Our day on the 7th will end after the Wrap-up Meeting, which will conclude at 5:00, so please make travel plans accordingly in order to attend the Wrap-up.

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Macmillan Mystery Contests

Macmillan sponsors several mystery contests for first time crime fiction novelists. There’s no submission fee. Here’s the details.

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