Celebrate National Scholarships Month by Searching for One

I’ve recently received a notice about Sallie Mae’s scholarship search tool for graduate scholarships, so I wanted to mention it here. Finding funding for grad school can be a challenge, unless your program is fully funded. Having a search tool like this could be a game-changer for some. Their $20,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship wouldContinue reading “Celebrate National Scholarships Month by Searching for One”

Virtual Symposium Followup

A week ago was the first day of the 32nd annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women. For the first time in those 32 years, our symposium was totally virtual, something that is happening with a lot of events this year. The photo we used for our cover was taken a fewContinue reading “Virtual Symposium Followup”

Virtual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium

It’s October, and that means a big part of my job involves the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium. Usually, I would be lining up catering, coordinating with Resources Mangaement on setting up Poindexter Hall, getting a van to shutttle our writers to and from their hotel, sending maps and directions for how to get to campus,Continue reading “Virtual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium”

Note to Self: Start a Book Club

This morning, I had a thought. And despite my title, it wasn’t about starting a typical book club. As the first day of classes looms and work on syllabi is delayed by work on finding classrooms for face-to-face classes where they can be socially distanced and other unusual tasks that have occupied the summer andContinue reading “Note to Self: Start a Book Club”

Whole Writer Workshops

In our low-residency MFA program, we have developed an alternative to traditional workshops that I like to think of as “Whole Writer Workshops.” These are workshops that follow up on the ones we do during the semester which are more or less traditional, depending on who’s teaching. During our summer full residency, we look atContinue reading “Whole Writer Workshops”

Virtual Residency 2020

I first realized that we would likely need to have virtual residencies this summer while I was at AWP 2020 in San Antonio. Those of us who went had many conversations about COVID-19 and what it might mean, though at that point in early March everything was uncertain. At the Low-Residency Caucus panel, several directorsContinue reading “Virtual Residency 2020”

Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom

Last week, I posted some late night musings on how a face-to-face classroom might be different under social distancing. I was surprised at the number of people who viewed that post — nearly 100 in the first day. And because I can’t ask questions like that without searching for answers, I’ve begun collecting some toolsContinue reading “Groups in the Social-Distanced Classroom”

Online or Social Distanced for Fall Classes?

As our university is working on a plan to reopen in the fall, I get why we would want to do it, but I’m also wondering what it will be like to teach in a social distanced classroom. Everyone would love to be back to normal, but that’s highly unlikely to happen. Online classes haveContinue reading “Online or Social Distanced for Fall Classes?”

Why Brag About Publishing a Poem?

Bragging is not something that comes naturally to some of us — then there are those who do it all the time and drive the rest of us up a tree.  So it doesn’t go without saying that you should brag about every poem that you publish. For some, it may seem ostentatious. After all,Continue reading “Why Brag About Publishing a Poem?”