Friday, August 10, 2012

LU MFA Quarterly Update ~ Summer 2012

Any alumni who would be interested in taking part in a mini-workshop session with your peers (probably on a Saturday at 10am), please email Beth. If enough writers are interested, I will arrange a time for this to take place at the Cultural Center. I would also be willing to create a private blog for online alumni workshopping, if there are enough writers who would be interested in doing this.

Alumni who took part in the MFA Graduate Reading in June: The DVD copies have now been delivered by LUTV, and they are in my office. Please stop by to pick up your copy when you have a chance.

Fall registration begins August 27. My registration schedule can be viewed here. Please email me if you need to set an appointment or change an appointment time (any time listed on the schedule with no name next to it is available).

The fall MFA class schedule is available here. For the first time, we are offering four online classes instead of three, to allow more options for online students. Two of the classes are a fiction craft class and a fiction workshop, and we are very happy to announce that both will be taught by the newest addition to our LU MFA Faculty, Tony D’Souza. For those who have not yet read Tony’s work, here is a snapshot of his bio (pasted from our Faculty page available here):

Tony D'Souza, MFA, University of Notre Dame
• Author of three novels: Whiteman, The Konkans, and Mule
• Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Whiteman
• The Konkans was called a best novel of the year by the Washington Post
• Mule was recently optioned for film by Warner Bros
• Tony has contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim, an NEA, and an O. Henry

On the fall schedule post, you will note that Journal Editing is being offered differently this year. In the past, we have offered one section of journal editing per year, and those students read all of the submissions to The Lindenwood Review (approximately 1000). This year, we will offer three separate sections of journal editing to work toward the production of our third issue (fall, winter, and spring quarters). This fall will be the pre-production class, and it will be offered as a hybrid course: six class meetings will be held on Saturdays at the Historic Daniel Boone Home campus (see picture and link on the fall schedule post), and six class meetings will be held online. Along with reading, discussing, and helping choose submissions for publication, students in this fall class will also assist with pre-production duties (such as sending out the Call for Submissions). There will also be a writing exercise component in all three journal editing clusters this year; for fall, the Boone Home will lend a writers’ retreat feel to our writing atmosphere. If you have any questions about the three sections of the journal editing cluster, or about the hybrid Boone Home cluster, feel free to contact Beth.

Our website has been updated for Issue 2 of The Lindenwood Review:

Newpages posted a nice review of Issue 1 at 

Congratulations to the following LU MFA students and alumni on their recent publications:

Janna Vought: poems accepted by Rusty Nail, Circa: A Literary Review, and Linden Avenue Journal; creative nonfiction piece accepted by Epiphany Magazine

Lisa Haag Kang: essay accepted by the Animal Anthology Project; poetry chapbook will be published by Main Street Rag publishing

Carissa Barker: two flash fiction pieces accepted by Short Story Nation

Angela Thomas: article published in Psychic-Magic and four short stories published with Visible Ink Press

Betty Taylor: poetry accepted by Mid Rivers Review

Currently accepting submissions:
Five [Quarterly]:
Gazing Grain Press:
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose:
Creative Nonfiction (general un-themed submissions year-round):
Consequence Magazine:

Two readings will be held this weekend:
- River Styx reading at the St. Louis Art Museum tonight, Fri. 8/10, at 7:30pm
- LU MFA student Dena Molen will read on Saturday, 8/11, at the Firecracker Press Reading Series at 2pm, 2838 Cherokee Street, St. Louis MO 63118

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Read Excerpts from TLR2 and Purchase Copies Online

Excerpts from Issue 2 of The Lindenwood Review can be read at (click on the blue titles).

Copies of Issue 2 can be purchased online at (click Order Online at this link).

TLR2 Editorial Assistants 

Fall 2012 MFA Class Schedule & Textbooks

Registration begins August 27. View Beth's appointment schedule here.

In-Class 9-Credit Clusters:
Scriptwriting--Mondays--Peter Carlos
Prose Poetry--Tuesdays--Andrew Pryor
Narrative Journalism--Wednesdays--Kelli Allen

Hybrid 9-Credit Cluster--Online and at Historic Daniel Boone Home Campus:
Journal Editing I: Pre-production--Saturdays--Beth Mead
[six Saturday meetings at Historic Daniel Boone Home campus (10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 ), one Saturday meeting at the Cultural Center (10/6), and five online class meetings]
Historic Daniel Boone Home

Online 3-Credit Classes:
Advanced Focused Fiction Workshop--Tony D'Souza
Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction--Tony D'Souza
Focused Poetry Workshop--Eve Jones
Creative Nonfiction Workshop--Catherine Rankovic


Online Focused Poetry Workshop:
The Portable Poetry Workshop Meyers, Jack Cengage Heinle 2004 9780155060029

Online Adv. Foc. Fiction Workshop:
No Textbook Required

Online Fund. Of Contemporary Fiction:
By Cunning and Craft Selgin, Peter F&W Media, Inc. 2007 9781582974910

Online Creative Nonfiction Workshop:
Creative Nonfiction Pollack, Vivian Wadsworth 2008 9781428231054

Great American Prose Poems Lehman, David Scribner 2003 9780743243506

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism Kerrane, Kevin and Yagoda, Ben Scribner 1998 9780684846309

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University Kramer, Mark and Call, Wendy Plume 2007 9780452287556

The Fiddler in the Subway: The Story of the World-Class… Weingarten, Gene Simon & Schuster 2010 9781439181591

Using Myth to Power Your Story-CDs Vogler Writer's Audioshop 2000 9781880717554

Writing Screenplays that Sell Hauge, Michael Perennial Library 1991 9780062725004

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