Chatham University

MFA in Creative Writing Program presents
Summer Community of Writers

» Eden Hall Campus

July 19 - July 29, 2018
Chatham University
Eden Hall Campus

Join us at Chatham's beautiful Eden Hall campus where poets, fiction and nonfiction writers immerse themselves in literary learning and fellowship.

Keynote Speaker & Nonfiction Leader

Katie Fallon

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Katie Fallon

Keynote Speech

Finding Joy: Writing and Laughing in the Face of Ecological Ruin

Choose between four or ten days of intensive workshops, craft lectures and readings with award-winning poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers on Chatham University's gorgeous Eden Hall campuses. For-credit and non-credit options available. ACT 48 available for-credit only. Contact us at to register or for more information.

Please note, a $100 non-refundable deposit will be due at registration. Workshop availability is contingent upon enrollment.

Student Testimonials

"The community is strong and welcoming. I received a great deal of one on one attention with my workshop leaders."
"I am going to miss this place so much and the community that came from it. I've finally built my tribe."
"Probably one of the only times in my life that someone allows me to have two hours every day to just write."
"Beautiful place! A much needed oasis."

Sample Schedule

Wednesday, July 19
7:30 Breakfast in dining hall
9:00-12:00 Workshop
12:00-1:30 Lunch in dining hall. Low-res student info session
1:30-2:30 Craft Lecture: BK Loren
Time and Emotion in Prose and Poetry
Brain science shows us that the human brain has not adapted to be able to read. Any human who reads has changed the natural brain, and writers who wish to reach readers will do so more powerfully once they glimpse how the brain works in reading and writing. This craft lecture is the intersection of art and science, and-because we all have brains-it is applicable to writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Take a peek inside the human mind and see how the written word is literally making us evolve into more compassionate beings.
2:30-4:30 Writing Retreat #1: Find a beautiful, quiet spot and use these hours to consider the lesson from the day's craft lecture and write.
4:30 Writing Reflection-return to discuss and share work.
5:00-8:00 Pool open!
6:00-8:00 MFA Barbecue. Bring your appetite!
Thursday, July 20
7:30 Breakfast in dining hall
9:00-12:00 Workshop
12:00-1:30 Lunch in dining hall.
1:30-2:30 Craft lecture: Ira Sukrungruang
The Telling Part of Writing
We spend a lot of time talking about scene, the showing part of writing. But good creative writing is about showing and telling. In this lecture we will explore the various ways writers think and analyze, how to be intelligent but humble, how the telling part of creative writing heightens the state of tension and drama of storytelling.
2:30-6:00 Open time for writing & individual conferences with workshop leaders
5:00 Dinner service begins in dining hall
7:00-9:00 Open Mic/Ice Cream Sundae Night! Bring your own writing and wow us!

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