Can writing change the world? Can it address the challenges we face as a community and nation? We think it can. We believe, as Margaret Atwood says, that “A word after a word after a word. That is power.”
We explore the power and reach of the written word in a new series: Writing Toward a Sustainable Community. The inaugural event in the series will be a one-day symposium featuring George Packer, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, winner of the 2013 National Book Award.
We’re busily planning our 2014 summer conference. Stay tuned for faculty announcements coming before year’s end, and start preparing your manuscripts — application materials and information will be available in January, while rolling admissions will officially open in late February. Meantime, you can read about our renowned fiction and poetry workshops and consult our frequently asked questions about the application process.
Conference alumni have been as busy as ever since our last alumni update in January — earning plaudits and publication around the world. A conference poet was a finalist for the United Kingdom’s top poetry prize with a collection 2012 faculty member Eavan Boland called “a book of craft, music and a collected vision of life that provides pleasure on every page.” Meantime, a recent fiction attendee has won the Iowa Review Award, and a poetry participant has published a remembrance of Pulitzer Prize winner and mentor Philip Levine.