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    MFAC Alumni Weekend Writers' Conference:
    January 6-8, 2017

    Come back and enjoy a weekend of creativity and inspiration at the upcoming Alumni Weekend & Writer’s Conference, Friday, January 6 - Sunday, January 8, 2017. More information coming soon. 

    See the July 2016 schedule below for an idea of all the great offerings at Alumni Weekend:


    11 am - 12:30 pm
    Friday will kick off with our welcome lunch before we head off to a jam packed afternoon.

    12:30 – 1:30 pm
    "Writing Books for Hire" with Lerner Books Editorial Director Ashley Kuehl and MFAC Alum Tracy Maurer. 

    1:30 – 3:00 pm
    Kris Bigalk, writer and
    Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College, will help you create a professional development plan and find grant and fellowship opportunities to fund your writing time.

    3:15 – 4:15 pm
    Alicia Williams will begin a two part session on diversity. Open your minds and hearts to writing diversity, as she guides us through writing exercises and open discussions on writing the other.

    4:15 – 5:15 pm
    Local editor Andrew Karre will give insight into rejection from an editor’s standpoint and how to trudge forward from it. He will also talk about his role as Executive Editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers and what he looks for in submissions. 

    5:15 – 6:30 pm
    Opening Residency social hour & banquet.


    9:00 – 11:30 am
    Mary Logue will begin day one of her two-day plot revision intensive that will help writers delve into their WIP and tackle the problems of plot.

    1:00 – 2:30 pm
    In the afternoon we will join the current students in their residency for an afternoon session with agent Jennifer Laughran, from Andrea Brown Literary.

    3:15 – 4:15 pm
    Picture book panel: Miriam Busch and Larry Day will join local author/illustrator team Trisha and Stephen Shaskan for a discussion on how they create picture books. Peter Pearson will provide MC commentary for the event.

    4:30 – 5:30 pm
    Improv session with  local expert, Ahna Brandvik Logan.

    8:00 – 10:30 pm
    Haunted Hamline! Our free evening is open to alumni and current students alike. We will share ghost stories around the campfire and listen to Daniel Campbell talk about the haunted history of Hamline before we brave our own ghost haunting tour, led by Jessica Freeberg.


    9:00 – 11:30 am
    Day two of Mary Logue plot intensive.

    1:00 – 2:30 pm
    Visiting agent Jennifer Laughran will listen to your pitches while we all learn from the feedback on what works and what doesn’t work when pitching a WIP.

    2:30 – 3:30 pm
    Alicia Williams continues her discussion on diversity.

    3:45 – 5:15 pm
    A panel of faculty will wrap the weekend up with our Writer’s Life discussion on personal writing habits.

    Pricing & Registration

    If you register by June 1, the cost for July 2016 Alumni Weekend Writer's Conference is $299
    After June 1, the cost is $350. Registration includes the welcome lunch and opening reception on Friday evening. Registration includes the welcome lunch, opening reception and closing pizza dinner. (Note: Lecture Pass registration/pricing will be available separately. Check the Lecture Pass page for more information.)

    Register Now!

    July Housing   

    We hope to offer on-campus housing to those of you interested in staying in the Hamline apartments for the weekend.  It all depends on how many apartments will be available for us to use for the program. We should know that by the end of May.  

    Housing priority is given to current students in the program.
     The on-campus housing rate is $60/night which includes breakfast each morning.  If you are interested in staying on-campus, please Click here to submit the On-Campus Housing Registration Form.  We'll let you know about availability later in May.