Creative Writing at The New School

The Creative Writing Program will be represented at this years AWP conference. Come by booth 9041 to say hello Thursday March 28-30.

Below is a list of events including our faculty and students:

R263. What's Craft Got to Do With It?: On Craft, Race, and the Black Imagination. Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm. C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1. Featuring Dianca London Potts,Dennis Norris II, Jessica Lanay, Cole Lavalais.

In an age when Black authors are on the rise, why is craft still dismissed as "bougie" or adjacent to whiteness? Why are Black narratives analyzed primarily through a sociological or anthropological lens rather than one of literary craft? Why do so many readers and writers still resist the merit of craft when it comes to Black literature? This dialogue examines, confronts, and unpacks the creative and cultural implications and potential of craft within the contemporary Black literary canon.

*Offsite* BitchReads Live! Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lagunitas Community Room 37 Northeast Broadway Street #300 We're bringing our BitchReads partnership with Powell's Books from the page to the stage on Thursday, March 28. Join Bitch Media at the Lagunitas Community Room on Thursday, March 28 to eat, drink, and mingle with the Bitch staff (even our remote folks are flying in!) and hear from past Bitch contributors and writing fellows!Andi Zeisler, Naseem Jamnia, Dianca London Potts, Aya de Leon, Ilana Masad, Randa Jarrar, and more!

F269. WriteOn: How to Begin and Grow a Community-Oriented Writing Fellowship: Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm, D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1. Featuring Catherine Bloomer, Helen Schulman, Austen Osworth, and Kiri Milburn.

WriteOn is a fellowship offered by The New School that places MFA candidates in under-resourced middle and high school classrooms as creative writing instructors. Join New School administrators, faculty, and fellows to discuss creating a new organization within a university, creatively partnering with community organizations to meet needs symbiotically, and preparing MFA candidates to enter the world as teachers, professors, and literary citizens.


F286. Beyond Voice: Teaching the Craft of Consciousness in Poetry. Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm. Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2. Featuring Erin Belieu, Adrian Matejka, Dana Levin, Monica Youn, Mark Bibbins.

In workshops, much is made of a writer’s “voice.” But it may be more apt to think beyond this privileging of utterance and conversational tone to consider a more three-dimensional idea of how we shape a distinct consciousness on the page. In this panel, we discuss strategies for encouraging students to think beyond voice, offering ideas on how intellectual engagement, conceptual structures, poetic form, and the tensions of argument and rhetoric help build a fuller sense of a poem’s speaker.

F165.  Extreme Exposure: Going Public with Deeply Personal Stories.  Friday, March 29, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:45 am Oregon Convention Center, Level 1. Featuring Nancy Hightower, Alison Kinney, Doreen Oliver, Julie Metz, Alice Eve Cohen

After realizing that a story must be told, the writer faces difficult questions. What are the rewards for the writer in going public with their most personal experiences? What are the risks? How might these stories benefit individual readers? What is the value for the larger community? The #MeToo movement has demonstrated the power of sharing stories once shrouded in secrecy. In this panel, essayists and memoirists discuss artistic and personal complexities of sharing their most personal stories.

R191.  Let's Talk About Race, Baby; Let's Talk About You & Me.   C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm. Featuring Jean Kwok, Mira Jacob, Mitchell S. Jackson, Irina Reyn, Devi Laskar.

This panel is for anyone, regardless of color, who wishes to improve the way they write about, teach or publish racially- or ethnically-charged issues in this complex time. How do we handle race and ethnicity with sensitivity, in real life and on the page? How can we overcome discrimination in workshops and the publishing world? May we write negatively about a character of a particular race? This panel of successful writers provides honesty and humor and suggests strategies for connection.

S206.  What a Heroine Can Do: Female Protagonists Take Back the Narrative Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2  
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm. Featuring Alexander Lumans, Kirstin Chen, Marie-Helene BertinoMira Jacob, Katherine Hill.

To ignore the female protagonist is to slight a necessary and integral character in literature, denying not only her past achievements but also her future potential to be an agent of her own change. In this panel, five established and emerging fiction writers give voice to the dynamically resonant women at the centers of their novels. Through individual readings of their potent protagonists, these writers challenge the patriarchal view that a woman cannot be a hero.

R258.  The Cuba Writers Program Faculty and Alumni Reading.B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Thursday, March 28, 2019,3:00 pm to 4:15 pm. Featuring Alden Jones, Tim Weed, Ann HoodDariel Suarez, Suchita Chadha

The Cuba Writers Program launched during the Obama administration to bring writers to Cuba for workshops and engagements with Cuban artists. Its mission is to encourage meaningful interactions between the US and Cuba and to generate writing that opens transnational dialogue. Join faculty and alumni with various perspectives—Cuban, American, Canadian, citizen, expatriate, traveler—as they share their work exploring issues specific to the Cuba/US dynamic and beyond these boundaries.

F322.  What Now? When Good Writers Act Awful. Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 Friday, March 29, 201, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm. Featuring Michael Croley, John Freeman, Erika L. Sánchez, Tomás Q. Morín, Bonnie Nadzam

In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, it’s hard to know how to regard the work we love when we’ve lost respect for its author. How do we reconcile the two and how should we respond to them and their work in real life and on social media? Should an educator erase these authors from the syllabus? Is redemption for them and their work even possible? Five writers wrestle with this crisis and with what justice in our literary community should look like. 

S164.  Editor-Author Relationships: How Should They Be?. E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:30 am to 11:45 am. Featuring Jennifer Acker, John Freeman, Tracy O'Neill, Yuka Igarashi, Patrick Ryan.

 Literary journals and small presses provide a platform for launching the careers of writers, and strong editorial support is key to this role. Collaboration between editor and author happens in real time, on the page. In turn, editors are often writers, with their own distinct experiences sending work into the world and being edited. What can and should editors provide authors, and how can their own experiences as writers and literary citizens inform and expand these collaborative relationships?

F220.  The Art of the Book Review.  B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm. Featuring, Carolyn Kellogg, Gabino Iglesias, Veronica Scott Esposito, Joseph Salvatore, Siddhartha Deb.

Thousands of books are published each year. We're led to many of them by intelligent, engaging, well-made book reviews, which not only investigate and articulate the mysteries and pleasures a literary text offers, but also please the reader with their style. Five widely published writers/critics/editors discuss the review as a genre in its own right, a unique form that offers—and invites—critical reflection, raises the level of public discourse, and establishes professional reputation.

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