The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Mark Twain Creative Writing Workshop celebrates its 30th year this summer. The three-week course runs from June 8 through 26, and provides intensive instruction in writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; keeping a journal; scriptwriting for television and movies; teaching creative writing; and submitting and placing work. Robert Stewart, assistant research professor of English and editor of New Letters magazine and Michael Pritchett, associate professor of English and director of Creative Writing will lead classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 104 of Cockefair Hall, 5121 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Beginning writers and those more established can attend for college credit or for non-credit. UMKC cross-lists the workshop as a three-hour credit course (regular tuition), or for non-credit ($424.49 in 2008; 2009 fees may change slightly). Financial aid is available to credit-seeking students. To enroll, contact UMKC Registration and Records at (816) 235-1125. For more information, contact the UMKC Department of English at (816) 235-1305.
Students will attend regular lectures and individual conferences, write original work, give and receive criticism and submit a portfolio at the end of the session. Guest speakers will include professional fiction writers, poets, screenwriters, essayists, and journalists –both from UMKC’s Department of English and from outside the university. Fiction writers Laura Moriarty, Clancy Martin, and Christie Hodgen; screenwriter Mitch Brian; poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Michelle Boisseau; publishers Jack Fuller and Greg Michalson; and New Letters on the Air host and producer Angela Elam all presented lectures in 2008.
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