Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Join the June 2021 Residency: Public Readings & Events

Stonecoast students hugging at residency

Join the Stonecoast MFA community for a week of inspiring readings and discussions with Stonecoast’s award-winning faculty and guest writers, June 17-27th, 2021. Evening events are free and open to the public and will be hosted online through Zoom. 

Please fill out this RSVP form by 3:00 p.m. EST on the day of the event that you would like to attend. An email with Zoom connection information will be sent to the email address that you provide.



Thursday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Faith Adiele, Aaron Hamburger, Robert Levy, Cate Marvin


Friday, June 18, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Susan Conley, Ron Currie, Jr., Elizabeth Hand, Lauren Marie Schmidt 


Saturday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. EST

In Conversation: Joy as a Well of Resistance
Today is Juneteenth, a holiday Ralph Ellison called, “the celebration of a gaudy illusion.” Happiness is often seen as naïve, but perhaps it can serve as a source of strength. This Juneteenth, we’ve invited a few faculty members to reflect on the role of joy in their lives and their art.

Breena Clarke, Cate Marvin, Faith Adiele, JJ Amaworo Wilson

Presented by the Stonecoast MFA Writing for Inclusivity and Social Equity (WISE) Initiative.


Sunday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Tobias Buckell, Breena Clarke, Suzanne Strempek Shea


Monday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: JJ Amaworo Wilson, John Florio, Katherine Larson 


Tuesday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Chen Chen, Tom Coash, Elizabeth Searle 


Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. EST

The Task Before Us: Reimagining How We Teach Writing

Creative writing dogma has been largely unchanged over the last eighty-five years. Perhaps it's time to workshop the workshop method. We’re lucky to be joined by Matthew Salesses, whose new book, Teaching Craft in the Real World, is a must read for writing teachers and their students.

Chen Chen, Matthew Salesses (Elizabeth Hand, facilitator) 


Friday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss, Morgan Talty  


Saturday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. EST

Faculty Reading: Rick Bass, Martin Espada, Debra Marquart  


Sunday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Stonecoast MFA Graduation

Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the June 2021 Residency and saluting our newest Stonecoast graduates! 

Chen Chen, Faculty Speaker

To attend any of the above events, please fill out this RSVP form by 3:00 p.m. EST on the day of the event.