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Springfed Arts 2016 Writing Contest

Poetry and Prose judges are Matthew Olzmann and Eric Jerome Dickey.

Accepting submissions from February 15, 2016 through April 15, 2016.

Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters

The 22nd Annual
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November 3-6, 2016 Staff: Cliff Eberhardt, Amy Rigby, David Roth, Louise Mosrie, Buddy Mondlock, Brett Perkins.
November 10-13, 2016 Staff: Michael Smith, Ronny Cox, Sally Barris, Whit Hill and TBA.

Directed by John D. Lamb

Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, Michigan

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Springfed offers classes in poetry, prose, fiction, young adult fiction, creative writing and memoir.  Scroll down to view all of the classes.

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Winter 2016 CLASSES!
Each class is $130/Springfed members or $180/nonmembers (additional $50 makes you a member for 1 year).

 

Creative Writing with Kelly Fordon: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Tuesday nights, February 9, (skip February 16), February 23, (skip March 1), March 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7pm – 9pm. You'll be introduced to the practice of creative writing. Each week we will use prompts to create new work. We will discuss different genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and various combinations including prose poems and lyric essays. We will also read work from established writers in order to learn techniques that inspire our own creativity. This class is for anyone who wants to explore creative writing in all of its wondrous forms. REGISTER HERE

ONLINE COURSE! Introduction to Fiction Writing: Short Story with Kelly Fordon:  *REGISTER ANYTIME. This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace. Do you have a great idea for a short story or novel? Have you kept a writing journal full of ideas and are now ready to take the next step? This is the class for you!  Each week we will practice one of the craft elements essential to creating compelling fiction: plot, point of view, character, setting and theme. We will read well-known authors and talk about what makes a great story work. You will have writing prompts and instructor's feedback.  Turn in up to ten pages per week of your own original work. Your instructor will provide constructive criticism on all of your homework. No need to worry about starting late or finishing on time. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon worked at the NPR member station in Detroit and for National Geographic magazine. Her fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in The Boston Review, The Florida Review, Flashquake, The Kenyon Review (KRO), The Montreal Review, Rattle, Red Wheelbarrow, The Windsor Review and various other journals.  She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, On The Street Where We Live, which won the 2011 Standing Rock Chapbook Contest and Tell Me When it Starts to Hurt, which was published by Kattywompus Press in May 2013.  Her short story collection, Garden for the Blind, will be published in 2015. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2013. She works for Inside Out Literary Arts in Detroit as a writer-in-residence. See www.kellyfordon.com for more information about your instructor.

Advanced Poetry Mondays Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Mondays, February 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7 & 14, 7pm - 9pm. In Dean Young’s words, “poetry is not a discipline.  It is a hunger, a revolt, a drive, a mash note, a fright, a tantrum, a grief, a hoax, a debacle, an application, an affect.”  This session will focus on exploring that poetic recklessness.  We’ll use Dean Young’s book, The Art of Recklessness as a discussion text, so please pick up a copy for yourself if you wish to participate.  Each week, we’ll spend 20-30 minutes discussing a portion of the book and the balance of our time critiquing fellow poets’ work.  Limited to 8 poets.  Kristine Uyeda is a Kundiman fellow whose poems, micro fiction, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Poets who haven’t been in Springfed classes before please send 3 sample poems to kristineuyeda@gmail.com.  REGISTER HERE

Advanced Poetry Thursdays Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10 & 17, 7pm - 9pm. In Dean Young’s words, “poetry is not a discipline.  It is a hunger, a revolt, a drive, a mash note, a fright, a tantrum, a grief, a hoax, a debacle, an application, an affect.”  This session will focus on exploring that poetic recklessness.  We’ll use Dean Young’s book, The Art of Recklessness as a discussion text, so please pick up a copy for yourself if you wish to participate.  Each week, we’ll spend 20-30 minutes discussing a portion of the book and the balance of our time critiquing fellow poets’ work.  Limited to 8 poets.  Kristine Uyeda is a Kundiman fellow whose poems, micro fiction, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Poets who haven’t been in Springfed classes before please send 3 sample poems to kristineuyeda@gmail.com. REGISTER HERE

Kristine Uyeda

 

Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: Conference Room at Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346, Wednesdays, February, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9 & 16, 5pm-7pm. Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts. Her memoir, Every Least Sparrow, is being circulated for publication by her agent.  She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent October, 2014, as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont, where she worked on a new memoir. REGISTER HERE

 

ONLINE COURSE! Personal Essay and Memoir (online class) with Carolyn Walker.   *REGISTER ANYTIME. Six consultations during the 3 months after you register. Send in up to 10 pages of work for in-depth review. Writing prompts given upon request, as well as recommendations of books, memoirs, and essays to learn from. Phone consultations can be arranged.  Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts. Her memoir Every Least Sparrow is under consideration with publishers. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent October, 2014, as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont, where she worked on a new memoir. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

Carolyn Walker

 


Getting There from Here - Prose with Maureen Dunphy: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Fridays, February 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11 & 18 , 11:30am-1:30pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams.  Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them.  Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). Her book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure will be published by Wayne State University Press in Spring of 2016. She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.  THIS CLASS IS FULL

Getting There from Here II - Prose with Maureen Dunphy:
Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #1, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, February, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9 & 16 , 7pm-9pm. This workshop is limited to 8 writers who have already taken at least one session of "Getting There from Here."  Continue setting writing goals for yourself, and add new methods of generating material to your writing toolbox. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000).  Her book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure will be published by Wayne State University Press in Spring of 2016.  She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.  REGISTER HERE

Maureen Dunphy

 

Beginning Memoir with Nancy Owen Nelson: Nelson Studio, Dearborn, Tuesday nights, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8 & 15, 7pm-9pm. This workshop will provide opportunities for beginning to work on the craft of personal narrative. Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction pieces as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor  and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford Community College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was recently published by The Ardent Writer Press. She is seeking publication for a second memoir, Divine Aphasia. Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785.  www.nancyowennelson.com  REGISTER HERE

ONLINE COURSE! Memoir full-manuscript consultation with Nancy Owen Nelson:  January-April, 2016 (Register by January so that you'll have four months to work with Nelson).  The class can be either online, face-to-face, or a combination.  The class $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). This is for writers who have a full or almost complete manuscript (up to 200 pages) and want to work with a published author on a holistic view of her/his work. (Longer manuscripts will be negotiated).  We may read segments from well-known memoir writers, at the  pleasure of the instructor and discuss what shapes the personal story into art. Your instructor will provide constructive feedback on your work. It will be important to pace the interactions so that the work can be completed in the four-month period.  This course is available from January 1 to April 1, 2016.  You can expect an interaction with the instructor for two hours a week.   Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford Community College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.  Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was recently published by The Ardent Writer Press. She is seeking publication for a second memoir, Divine Aphasia.   Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785.  www.nancyowennelson.com REGISTER HERE

Nancy Owen Nelson

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Dawn McDuffie: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Educational Annex, Detroit, Tuesday nights, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8 & 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The fall session will focus creating more dynamic drafts and cultivating the art of submitting work for publication.  Dawn McDuffie has taught creative writing since 1999 and is the author of Carmina Detroit, Bulky Pick Up Day, and Flag Day in Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Feminist Studies, The MacGuffin, and the anthology, Mona Poetica. McDuffie was the winner of the 2009 MacGuffin Poet Hunt, and her essay, "Humor and Poetry," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  REGISTER HERE

Dawn McDuffie

 

"Cut to the Chase": A Creative Writing Workshop with Zilka Joseph: Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor 48108, Wednesdays, February, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For writers who want critical feedback on what works and what doesn't in their poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, essays, memoir, and plays (and anything in between). Instructor will provide critiques and offer guidance. Though this class is designed for writers preparing work for submission, any writer who wants to hone their craft/work and writers who want to experiment with different genres will benefit from this honest "cut-to-the-chase" approach.  Beginners welcome. To apply for this class, please send 3 samples of your work to info@springfed.org Max 10 students.  Zilka Joseph has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize. Her chapbooks Lands I Live In and What Dread were both nominated for awards, and her work has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review Online and Review Americana. She won a Hopwood award, a Zell Fellowship and an Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan. More info at http://www.zilkajoseph.com/  REGISTER HERE

Zilka Joseph

 


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