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The Creative Writing Programs Shine at the Annual AWP Conference

Almost 50 Creative Writing Programs (CWP) faculty, students, staff, and alums flew, drove, trained, or bused to Chicago for the annual Associated Writing Programs  (AWP) Conference February 29-March 4. The conference drew over 10,000 people. Hamline’s creative writing programs and Water~Stone Review had a well-situated booth in the Book Fair and hosted an overflow happy hour crowd on Friday. Master of fine arts and master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults (MFAC) faculty, staff, and alums served on the following panels: 

• Sheila O’Connor: “Dual Citizenship—Writing for Both Children and Adults” (with MFA alum Geoff Herbach) and “A Novel Problem: Moving from Story to Book in the MFA Program”
• Barrie Jean Borich: “Eminent Debuts: Four Authors Discuss Their First Nonfiction Book” and “American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice”
• Mary Rockcastle: “The Art of the Successful Short Story Collection” and “Graywolf Press Reading”
• Katrina Vandenberg: “The Creative Writing Fulbright Fellowship Information Session” and “Matriculation, Population, and Graduation: Three Advantages of Transfer Agreements”
• Phyllis Root and Jacqueline Briggs Martin: “The Sound of Meaning, the Meaning of Sound: What Poets and Children’s Book Writers Can Learn from Each Other” (with MFAC alum Christine Heppermann)
• MFA alums Michael Kiesow Moore, John Medeiros, and Andrea Jenkins: “LGBTQ Caucus”
• MFA alums Michael Kiesow Moore, John Medeiros, Andrea Jenkins, and Alison Morse: “Building Community with Nontraditional Voices: Minnesota’s Models for Developing Successful and Diverse Reading Series”