Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter 2011 Quarterly LU MFA Update

ONLINE CLASSES
Three online classes will be offered each quarter beginning this spring, so current students now have the option of taking three separate online classes instead of an in-class cluster. (Students can also take one online class along with a cluster, or for a lighter load, you can take one or two online classes by themselves.) Any interested alumni can audit online classes for 50% tuition (and current students can also audit online classes if they want to take them as extra learning opportunities). Students who began the MFA Program in January 2011 or later must submit GRE scores to Graduate Admissions before enrolling in an online course. Please note that essayist Catherine Rankovic will be teaching the online Creative Nonfiction workshop for us for the first time this spring—I hope that any students interested in writing creative nonfiction will not miss this opportunity.

STUDENT AND ALUMNI PUBLICATION NEWS
o Alum Erik Smetana has had an article accepted for publication in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. Erik also has a piece that will appear in the winter issue of BLIP.
o Student Chris Duggan has had an essay and pictures accepted for publication in the spring issue of Stymie.
o Student Doug Wallace has had an essay accepted by marathonguide.com.

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY & COLLOQUIUM EVENT
o Blank Slate Press (who is publishing a novel by LU MFA alum Fred Venturini) is accepting applications for new writers through March 1: http://www.blankslatepress.com/writerapp.html
o Colloquium opportunity: Poet/performance artist Shirley LeFlore will read accompanied by multi-instrumentalist David A.N. Jackson on Tuesday, February 15, at 7:30 in the Lindenwood Cultural Center.
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