Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Announces Public Events for Winter 2019 Residency

The Stonecoast MFA community will host a week of readings and discussions with award-winning faculty and guests, January 11-13 and January 16-18, as part of its Winter 2019 residency program, at the historic Harraseeket Inn in downtown Freeport, Maine. Evening events are free and open to the public.

The week-long residency series begins with Flash Faculty Readings, Monday, January 11, at 7:15 p.m., and culminates Friday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. with the Writing for Social Change symposium. In The Task Before Us: Writing Truth to PowerPulitzer-nominated poet-activist Martín Espada and guest writer and activist Cheryl Clarke will explore the intersection of creative writing and participatory democracy, as well as the structures that support systems of oppression and prevent equal access to power.

The residency concludes with the Winter 2019 graduation ceremony, Saturday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Freeport High School Performing Arts Center. Stonecoast faculty member and novelist Breena Clarke will deliver the commencement address.

The Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine is a top-four-rated low-residency graduate writing program, with concentrations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and popular fiction. Through the Writing for Social Change project, the Stonecoast MFA and the University of Southern Maine facilitate social change in areas of racial, class, gender, and environmental justice by bringing people together to confront inequality and discrimination and promote acts of unification. The goal of the Writing for Social Change project is to create opportunities for the Stonecoast community to use their passion and skills in writing and reading to create social change, both locally and globally.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE

THE STONECOAST MFA in CREATIVE WRITING

WINTER 2019 RESIDENCY

PUBLIC EVENTS

All scheduled events, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine.

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

7:15 p.m. Flash Faculty Readings

Faculty members will share 5-8 minutes of their work.

Breena Clarke, Theodora Goss, Aaron Hamburger,  Debra Marquart

Casco Bay Ballroom, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

7:00 p.m. Flash Faculty and Guest Reading

Faculty members will share 5-8 minutes of their work.

Faith Adiele, John Florio, Robert Redick

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

7:00 p.m. In Conversation: Women, Risk and Power in Fiction

Susan Conley and Cara Hoffman

On the eve of Susan’s publication of her new novel Elsey Come Home, join Susan and Cara in a lively and timely discussion on how women characters (and women authors) are problematized and objectified in contemporary literature. This talk will examine how women's writing has been defined in literary history and discuss strategies in craft and in career that can transcend the marketing ghettos of 'chick lit' and 'women's literature.' Come shake things up. Take a risk!                          

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

7:00 p.m.  Faculty Flash Readings

Tobias Buckell, Tom Coash, Susan Conley, Elizabeth Searle

Faculty members will share 5-8 minutes of their work.

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

7:00 p.m. Flash Faculty and Guest Reading

Ron Currie, Elizabeth Hand, Katherine Larson, Robert Levy, Diane Seuss

Faculty members will share 5-8 minutes of their work

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

7:00 p.m. Flash Faculty and Guest Reading 

Tara Betts, Cara Hoffman, Nancy Holder, Suzanne Strempek Shea

Faculty members will share 5-8 minutes of their work

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

7:00 p.m.  The Task Before Us: Writing Truth to Power

Cheryl Clarke (guest) and Martín Espada

This residency, The Task Before Us: Writing Truth to Power symposium examines the intersection of creative writing and participatory democracy. The First Amendment is also a call-to-arms: the founders saw Free Speech as a crucial way to protect our democracy (especially one in crisis). Martín Espada and Cheryl Clarke will discuss the structures that threaten and challenge our freedom of expression. Join our community to listen, to question, and to consider art-making as an essential act of citizenship. How, as writers and teachers, can we subvert systems of oppression? 

Conversation moderated by Stonecoast faculty member Elizabeth Hand.

Casco Bay Ballroom

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.       GRADUATION CEREMONY

Commencement Speaker — Breena Clarke

Freeport High School Performing Arts Center

30 Holbrook St., Freeport, Maine