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Creative Writing Forum

Join us for the second annual
MCC Creative Writing Forum!

Friday, Oct. 27—Fort Omaha Campus; Mule Barn, Building 21

6-7 p.m.               Opening Reception with hors d'oeuvres and networking
7-8 p.m.               Reading and Q & A with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
8:15-10 p.m.       Poetry slam coordinated by Matt Mason

Saturday, Oct. 28—Fort Omaha Campus; Building 10

8:30-9 a.m. — Check in, coffee, networking
9-10:15 a.m. — Breakout session #1 (choose from three sessions)           

  • Translating the Muse: Collaboration between Movement and Creative Writing— Kirsten Clanton and Natasha Kessler
  • The People You Meet: Working with Editors, Agents, Publicists and the Rest of the Team—Liz Kay
  • Beyond "You're So Brave," Navigating Trauma in the Workshop—Emily Borgmann

10:25-11:40 a.m. — Breakout session #2 (choose from three sessions)

  • The Intersection of Art and Words—Ellen Fangman and Gene Kwak
  • Anatomy of a Book: Practical Tips on Writing and Finding a Home for Your Uniquie Body of Work—Sarah McKinstry-Brown
  • Chopped: The Prose Edition—Kim Whiteside

11:40-12:15 p.m. — Lunch buffet and networking
12:15-1:30 p.m. — Breakout session #3 (choose from two sessions)

  • Erasure Poetry: A Generative Workshop—Jen Lambert
  • The People You Meet: Working with Editors, Agents, Publicists and the Rest of the Team—Liz Kay

1:40-3 p.m. — General session
Topic:  Building Your Own Map To Your Voice with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Cost and how to register:

$45 Regular forum—Includes all sessions, hospitality and a copy of Willis-Abdurraqib's book.
$25 Student forum—High school and college students.  Includes all sessions, hospitality and a copy of Willis-Abdurraqib's book.
$20 Friday only—Includes opening session, poetry slam and hospitality only
$30 Saturday only—Includes Saturday sessions only and lunch buffet.

 

Register online!

2017 Keynote Speaker - Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full-length collection, "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," was published in 2016 by Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine and a poetry editor at Muzzle MagazineHe is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. 

Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music and fights to get "Room Raiders" back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports and sneakers. 

Visit Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's website.

Questions?  Email Liz Kay at eskay@mccneb.edu