Saturday, May 13, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students

5/15/17: Summer Registration Info Email sent to Lionmail 
5/22/17: Summer Registration begins at 7am Central Time; individual program overview emails will be sent via Lionmail to all students by this date
5/25/17 at 3pm: Deadline to drop SP17 classes; requests must be emailed to Beth by 3pm on 5/25 in order for paperwork to be processed by the withdrawal deadline of 5/26.

5/29/17: Memorial Day--university holiday

5/30/17: Degree applications due in student portal for students who will complete their degree in December (at the end of fall quarter)
6/23/17: Spring Quarter ends; complete course evaluations in the student portal
6/26/17: Final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; most Summer online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

6/29/17: Final grades can be viewed in the student portal

7/3/17: Open enrollment ends for self-registration; any summer schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

7/4/17: Independence Day--university holiday

7/6/17: New faculty member and additional MFA advisor Gillian Parrish joins our program; updated advising information will be sent to all MFA students via Lionmail in July

7/8/17: Make any withdrawal/drop/add class requests by this date if possible (email Beth) so that the change can be automatically made by Beth online; paperwork must be completed after this date, which will cause a delay in processing

7/10/17: Summer Online classes begin; first assignment due by 11:59pm

7/11/17: Summer On-Campus cluster begins (a week later than usual due to 7/4 holiday)

8/7/17: Fall registration info email sent to Lionmail

8/14/17: Fall registration opens at 7am Central Time

8/24/17: Last day to drop summer classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

9/4/17: Labor Day--university holiday

9/18/17: Most Fall online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

9/22/17: Summer quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

9/25/17: Summer final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; open enrollment ends for self-registration--any fall schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

9/27/17: Fall On-Campus Cluster begins

9/28/17: Summer final grades can be viewed in the student portal

10/2/17: Fall Online Classes begin

11/6/17: Winter registration info email sent to Lionmail

11/13/17: Winter registration opens at 7am Central Time

11/16/17: Last day to drop fall classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

11/23 & 11/24/17: University holidays for Thanksgiving

12/15/17: Fall quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

12/18/17: Fall final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; most winter online classes will be available in Canvas for student review

12/21/17: Fall final grades can be viewed in the student portal

12/22/17 - 1/1/18: University closed for Christmas & New Year holidays

12/30/17: Degree applications due for students who will complete their degrees in March or June (end of winter or spring quarters)

Week of 1/1/18: Winter on-campus cluster begins (day TBA)

1/2/18: Open enrollment ends for self-registration--any winter schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

1/8/18: Winter online classes begin

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gillian Parrish, LU MFA Assistant Professor & MFA Advisor

We are very happy to welcome Gillian Parrish to our Lindenwood University MFA faculty. Beginning in July, Gillian will join us as an Assistant Professor of Writing and an MFA Advisor (for students whose last names begin with M-Z). She will assist the MFA Program Director and will work to enhance the on-campus program experience for our MFA students. 

Gillian Parrish comes to Lindenwood from Washington University, where she earned her MFA as a Writing Program Fellow, and went on to serve as a creative-writing instructor, student advisor, and member of the Teaching Center. Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals, including Faculty Focus, EarthLines, American Letters & Commentary, Gulf Coast, and Volt. She has enjoyed teaching creative writing in various settings in the St. Louis community and curating a journal that features new work by poets and conversations with artists from around the world.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Life-Forms: The Poetics of Memoir
Gillian will offer this on-campus cluster for LU MFA students this fall quarter. Developed with creative-nonfiction and fiction writers in mind, this cluster will include a range of poetic works—some in prose by fiction and nonfiction writers, some in free-verse poem lines—all selected to expand our range of formal possibilities and hone our eyes and ears as writers. Come ready for lively conversations on our readings, which will inspire our own writing as we try out new frames, new shapes and ways of bringing our lives (or the lives of our characters) to the page. Our creative work will unfold in an encouraging learning community that will include virtual visits with some of our books’ authors who will offer insights into the creative processes behind their finished work.


Look Before You Leap: Cultivating a Writer’s Mind of Attention & Connection
Gillian will offer this workshop for LU MFA students, alumni, and the writing community at the Old Post Office campus in St. Louis later this fall (date TBA). This event will allow for instant workshopping and feedback on participants' work. More details will be announced this summer.