Reminder: Mentor Requests

Hi, all –

If you haven’t done so already, please email me your course/mentor requests ASAP.



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Two Tales

Hi all,

Hope writing is going well. My latest book Mixed Up, which I’ve perhaps talked about a bit too much, is finally officially out as of yesterday. As part of the publicity push, two new short stories are out as well.

On Great Jones Street (a free short fiction app you should all download) I posted my own Mixed Up contribution, “The End of the End of History.” It’s about vodka martinis and hipster parties.

Over at Pseudopod, a podcast-zine celebrating its tenth anniversary as a popular and paying venue for short horror fiction, my audio-original story “A Howling Dog” just went online over the weekend, for free listening or download. It’s basically about my issues with Nextdoor, the neighborhood social media app.

Hope you all enjoy the stories, and are being productive!

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Winter/Summer Workshops

Dear Faculty,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted proposals for workshops/talks/panels for the January residency. If you have additional ideas, please feel free to email me a short description and we can discuss the possibility of including the session in one of the 2018 residencies.



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Spring Courses/Mentor Requests

Greetings, Writers –

Please send me your requests for spring 2018 courses and mentors. Be sure to include:

*The exact courses you plan to take
*Your first and second choices of faculty mentors for each of those courses (except OMG)
*Your primary and secondary genres

Please email this info. to me at 

Let me know if you have any questions.



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Author Event – Sherman Library, October 13th

Hi, all —

On Friday, October 13, at 7:00 PM in the Sherman Library, Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, lecturer, and award-winning author of Story will give a talk about his writing and the writing process. The event is free, but requires an RSVP at or telephone at 860-354-2455

More about McKee here: 

Additional events at the Sherman Library here:

Enjoy the weekend!


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Futurescapes Writers’ Workshop

Greetings, Writers!

Passing along this note from Luke Peterson, Director of the Futurescapes Workshop:

On behalf of Sundance Resort, I write to extend an invitation to your students to apply to the Futurescapes Writers’ Workshop at Sundance Resort. This Workshop, held April 16-18, 2018, will feature some of the leading literary figures in the field of science fiction and fantasy – Mary Robinette Kowal, Matthew Kirby, and Fran Wilde – all of whom have won major recognitions in the field, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Edgar, and Compton Crook Awards. Editors and agents on the faculty have represented the likes of Greg Bear and Neil Gaiman.

The workshop features intensive small-group critiques with an average 5-1 faculty-to-student ratio.

We are very pleased to be able to offer a 25% discount on registration to current students at Western Connecticut State University. If you would, please pass this opportunity on to your students.

They can apply for consideration for the workshop at:

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Upcoming book events

Hi, Everyone,

Sorry for the late notice, but today from 1 to 1:30 p.m. I’ll be at the Greenwich Food & Wine Festival ( signing copies of “Buzzed.” I’ll be in good company, Scott Conant will be signing books right after me, and then Alex Guarnaschelli will be doing a signing after him.  Event looks very cool, lots of food, craft beer and wine. Mario Batali is on site and Train will be performing tonight.

Also, on Oct. 28, I’ll be doing a beer dinner/signing at Pour Me in Danbury that is being run by Byrd’s Books in Bethel (

Hope to see some MFAers!




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