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MFA Alumni Weekend

Friday, October 9  - Sunday, October 11, 2015 Register Now
Open to Queens MFA alumni and all enrolled students. Make your second payment>>

In keeping with the program's commitment to the continued development of our students beyond graduation, the biennial Alumni Weekend offers graduates of the program an opportunity to return to campus to re-connect with their fellow writers and participate in small workshops and individual conferences with influential agents and editors. (There is also a social/seminar only registration option.)

As you can see, we are still working on the seminar and panel programming, and we want to hear from you about what you'd like to see covered. Send us an email with 'Alumni Program Request' in the subject line or leave us a comment when you register.

Workshops and Instructors (so far)
Prose workshops consist of 30 minutes - 1 hour per manuscript, depending on enrollment, plus a 30 minute individual conference. Prose workshop submissions are 8-25 double-spaced pages.

"Shaping Your Book" Poetry Workshop. Work with faculty member Jon Pineda to identify your strongest poems and evaluate them for sequencing. 

"Pitiching Your Screen or Stage-Play" Workshop.  Enrolled participants will receive 30-45 minutes on their script in workshop, plus a 30 minute individual conference.

Workshop participants select their instructors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Emily Bell, Farrar Straus and Giroux
Michelle Brower
, Folio Literary Agency
Barbara Jones, Henry Holt and Company
Fred Leebron, Faculty (prose workshop)
Rob Spillman, Tin House Magazine and Tin House Books
Peter Steinberg, Foundry Media
Jon Pineda, Faculty (poetry workshop)
David Christensen, Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada (Stage and Screen workshop)


Full Registration, with Workshops: $675 (50% deposit due at registration)
Social and Seminar Registration: $275


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance SouthPark. Please contact us for the reservation link. As always, you are free to make your own arrangements.

Provisional Schedule

Thursday, Oct 8
8:00 PM: Alumni Reading

Fri, Oct 9
11:00 AM: Publishing Panel with Alumni
2:00 PM: Craft Seminar, TBA
3:00 PM: Craft Seminar, TBA
4:00-7:30 PM: Free Time
7:30 PM: Opening Reception
8:30 PM: Open Mic

Sat, Oct 10
10:00 AM: Industry Seminar or Other/TBA
11:00-12:00: Workshops
2:00 - 4:00: Workshops
4:00 - 5:00: Book Publishing with Instructors
Evening: Social Event, TBA

Sun, Oct 11
12:00 PM: Brunch

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