SpaldingCon: a post-graduate writers’ conference
November 20-22 (Thursday through Saturday, noon to noon)
Welcome home to the Spalding MFA Program!
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 …
- 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, but we have started a waiting list and we can add a third workshop if there is enough interest)
Poetry: Kathleen Driskell
Creative Nonfiction: Molly Peacock (Molly’s workshop is full, but we have started a waiting list and we can add a second CNF workshop if there is enough interest)
Dramatic Writing: Larry Brenner
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, Cathy Medwick, 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.
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.
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.
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.