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Workshopping the Workshop: A Discussion of Teaching Creative Writing


Millsaps College will host an informal discussion of best practices in creative writing instruction, to be held Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22, on the campus of Millsaps College. This discussion is underwritten by a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), and co-sponsored by Ty Jaeger, Assistant Professor of English at Hendrix College and Steve Kistulentz, Assistant Professor of English at Millsaps.

This roundtable will serve as a best practices seminar in our relatively young discipline. Together, we have seen first-hand the increasing student demand for creative writing course offerings. We'd like you to join colleagues from throughout the region to examine the various ways in which we might best serve our own apprentice writers.

We envision a frank exchange on how to best serve creative writing students and foster literary communities given the historic budget pressures faced by liberal arts colleges; many of our sister institutions only employ one creative writer, and in many cases, that writer has other instructional responsibilities. In essence then, a secondary goal of the roundtable is to foster innovative approaches to instruction and community outreach that operate within our respective budgetary realities.



Thursday, February 21
Room AC 215, Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex

7pm - An Introductory Reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Robert Olen Butler and Tyrone Jaeger of Hendrix College.

Friday, February 22
Leggett Center, Main Level, Boyd Campbell Campus Center

8am - 8:45am - Continental Breakfast

9am - 10:15am - THE UNWORKSHOP, moderators Robert Olen Butler and Alan Michael Parker. In this session, we will discuss how certain alternative pedagogies to the workshop model may be better suited to the needs of ACS institutions. Together we'll brainstorm methods of engaged learning and imagine what the future of the workshop looks like.

10:30am - 11:45am - BUILDING A LITERARY COMMUNITY, moderators Kelly Grey Carlisle, Trinity University, and Andrew Leland, co-editor of Believer Magazine. Are there ways that member institutions can better serve the multiple communities to which we belong? What responsibility do writers and universities have to their resident communities?

11:45am - 12:30pm - Lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm - A reading by novelist and poet Alan Michael Parker and essayist and poet Sheryl St. Germain.

1:45pm - 3pm - WRITING FROM THE FIELD, moderated by Sheryl St. Germain, Director of the MFA Program, Chatham University, and Drew Swanson, Mellon Foundation Fellow in Environmental History, Millsaps College. In this session, we'll tackle how environmental writing, writing about place, and the expansion of interest in creative nonfiction might affect our course offerings and our methods of instruction.

Read the biographies of the readers.


There is no cost (outside of travel expenses) to participate. Registration simply consists of emailing Steve.Kistulentz@millsaps.edu and confirming your attendance. Millsaps has also secured discount lodging for participants in this colloquium at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps, 2375 N State Street, located adjacent to campus. The special room rate is $89/night and must be arranged via telephone at 601-948-8650. Mention that you are attending the "Workshopping the Workshop" meeting for this special rate.

For further questions, please contact Steve Kistulentz at 601-974-1305 or email Steve.Kistulentz@millsaps.edu.