SpaldingCon: a post-graduate writers’ conference

November 20-22 (Thursday through Saturday, noon to noon)

Welcome home to the Spalding MFA Program!

The registration for SpaldingCon is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

As a Spalding MFA alum, you’re invited to come home for our first-ever post-graduate writers’ conference. Scheduled during the final weekend of the Fall residency, SpaldingCon offers a rich slate of events for alums, including …

  •  workshops
  • a master class led by Sena
  • publishing talks
  • a literary explorations lecture about Shakespeare
  • a translation session
  • faculty readings
  • free admission to a MidSouth Regional Event on Saturday afternoon (details forthcoming)
  • an opening lunch, and a reception
  • the option to attend residency events


SpaldingCon workshops will have 3-5 participants in a format similar to residency workshops. If workshops fill, new ones will be added. Workshop leaders are

Fiction I: Sena Jeter Naslund (full)
Fiction II: Kenny Cook (full)
Poetry: Kathleen Driskell (2 spots still available; if interested contact Karen Mann (
Creative Nonfiction: Molly Peacock (full)
Dramatic Writing: Larry Brenner (cancelled)

Placement in workshops is determined by your registration date (i.e., the date you pay for the conference).


Workshop leaders: Sena Jeter Naslund, Kathleen Driskell, Kenny Cook, Molly Peacock, Larry Brenner. Guest lecturers: Rebecca Walker, Jeremy Paden.


Registration opens July 1 and ends September 20. Register and pay by August 20 for the early-bird price of $450! After August 20, the cost to register is $499.

Workshop  Information

For Workshop Booklet Information, see Workshop and Worksheet Information.


The MFA Program has reserved a limited number of rooms with the Brown Hotel at $100 per night (tax included) for SpaldingCon participants. SpaldingCon runs from  November 20-22. If you’d like to arrive earlier to attend other residency sessions or to have your own writing time at the Brown, additional nights may be available.  The residency runs November 14-23. You’ll receive confirmation for your housing by October 20.

Cancellation Policy

For the registration fee
Before September 20–full refund.
Sept 21 to October 20–$400 refund.
October 21 to November 10–$250 refund
November 11 to November 19–$150 refund.
After November 19, no refund.

For housing
Full refund if cancelled by November 17. If cancelled after, November 17, all but $50 is refunded.

To register for the conference and make housing reservations, click here.