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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. Scroll through page for pricing, registration, and LIVE-STREAM (!) information.

    Register Now 

    January 2017 Schedule:

    Friday, 1/6

    11:00 Welcome/Lunch in upper atrium
    12:30-1:30: John Coy—school visit w/Hamline Elementary
    1:45-2:45: John Coy—presentation on school visits
    3:00-4:00: Shannon Gibney—keeping track of your novel
    4:15-5:15: Sarah Ahiers—query letters
    5:15: Opening reception
    6:30: Faculty reading

    Saturday, 1/7
    9:00-11:30: Susan Marie Swanson—master class
    1:00-2:00: Andrew Harwell
    2:15-3:15: New faculty lecture (Laurel Snyder or Nina LaCour) 
    3:30-4:30: Social time & Book Fair w/Addendum
    4:30-5:30: Tracy Nelson Maurer & Ann Matzke—back matter in nonfiction

    Sunday, 1/8
    9:00-11:30: Susan Marie Swanson—master class
    1:00-2:15: Andrew Harwell & Adam Silvera—revision & author/editor relationship
    2:30-3:45: Aimee Bissonette—contracts
    4:00-5:00: Writer’s Life panel w/faculty
    5:15: Wrap up dinner
    6:15:  Faculty Reading

    Pricing & Registration

    If you register by December 6, the cost for January 2017 Alumni Weekend Writer's conference is $299. After December 6, the cost is $350. Registration includes the welcome lunch, opening reception and closing pizza dinner. Scroll back up and select "Register Now" button to register for the weekend. (Note: Lecture Pass registration/pricing will be available separately. More information coming soon.)

    January Housing 

    The Best Western Plus Como Park will serve as our host hotel for the January residency. Formerly called the Best Western at Bandana Square, the hotel is quite close to campus - less than a mile away. We’ll have free shuttle service to get folks back and forth to campus, but it’s actually a nice walk if you’re in the mood (and have hat and gloves!). 

    We have a group rate of $79.00 + tax/per night which includes free parking, wireless internet and a daily breakfast buffet. Hotel amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool. Shuttle service to and from the campus will be available for students staying at the Best Western. 

    If you decide that you’d like to take advantage of our special rate, you need to make your reservation by December 15. You can book online here. This link will give you our group rate. Please note that you must put in the dates of your stay in order to book the proper nights. After December 15, the hotel will continue to accept reservations on a space and rate availability basis only.

    NEW: Live-stream of Alumni Weekend!

    Can't make it to St. Paul for Alumni Weekend? No problem. For the first time ever, we'll be streaming most sessions live over WebEx for the low, low price of $50. Streaming schedule coming soon.  

    Register for the Live-Stream 


    Live-Stream Schedule

    Friday, 1/6

    12:30-1:30: John Coy—school visit w/Hamline Elementary 
    1:45-2:45: John Coy—presentation on school visits
    3:00-4:00: Shannon Gibney—keeping track of your novel
    4:15-5:15: Sarah Ahiers—query letters

    Saturday, 1/7
    9:00-11:30: Susan Marie Swanson—master class
    1:00-2:00: Andrew Harwell
    2:15-3:15: New faculty lecture (Laurel Snyder or Nina LaCour
    4:30-5:30: Tracy Nelson Maurer & Ann Matzke—back matter in nonfiction

    Sunday, 1/8
    9:00-11:30: Susan Marie Swanson—master class
    1:00-2:15: Andrew Harwell & Adam Silvera—revision & author/editor relationship
    2:30-3:45: Aimee Bissonette—contracts
    4:00-5:00: Writer’s Life panel w/faculty