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Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Schedule
(* indicates part of the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series)
All events are open to public EXCEPT the Richard Ford craft classes

Mary Miller–Next year’s Grisham Writer in Residence, reading at Off Square Wed. Jan 29 from The Last Days of California.

*Dan Conaway, Agent, Writers House, http://writershouse.com/content/home.asp  Thurs. Feb. 6, 2:30-3:30, the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers.  Dan Conaway is a literary agent at Writers House who represents an extensive list of bestselling and award-winning novelists, crime writers, biographers, memoirists, journalists and historians.  Prior to joining Writers House in 2006, he worked as Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, and Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  He also created the blog BookAngst 101, an insider’s account of the publishing industry, writing under the pseudonym Mad Max Perkins.  Dan will be joined by one of the writers he agents, our own Megan Abbott, to discuss the role of agents in publishing.

*Joseph Fasano, Feb 10, 7pm, the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers.  Born in 1982, Fasano has published in the Yale Review, the Southern Review, FIELD, Tin House, Boston Review, Measure, Passages North, and other publications.  In 2011, Fasano’s first book, Fugue for Other Hands, won the Cider Press Review Book Award.[7]

Richard Ford, Thur. April 3-Fri April 4: Richard Ford craft classes for MFA students only.

Master Class 1 on Thursday, April 3, at 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Hannah-Ford Room

Craft Talk on Canada Thursday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hannah-Ford Room (open to public);  Master Class 2 on Friday, April 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m, in the Hannah-Ford Room

*Tobias Wolff, Mon. April 7,  7pm Bond Auditorium; Wolff is known for his memoirs, particularly This Boy’s Life (1989), and his short stories. He has also written two novels.  Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and creative writing since 1997.

Oxford Book Conference, Wed. Mar. 26-March 28 http://oxfordconferenceforthebook.com/schedule/

Writers include Lorrie Moore, Susan Minot, Kiese Laymon, Tess Taylor, Kevin Young, Steve Scalfidi, Aurelie Sheehan, and Leanne Shapton, among others.  This event will dovetail with the Southern Literary Festival, which includes keynote talks by Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman.

Laura Lippman’s keynote address for the Sarah Isom Center’s 14th annual Isom Student Gender Conference is hosted in proud partnership with the Oxford Conference of the Book.  

FALL 2014 Visiting Writers Schedule (more TBA)

*Jennifer Egan, 7pm in Bond Auditorium.  Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the bestselling The Keep.  Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, a national bestseller, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the L.A. Times Book Prize.  The Visiting Writers Series, made possible by the generosity of the Grisham fund, allows us to bring in some of the most accomplished writers working today. Our featured writers in past years have included:

We also bring in agents and editors to conference with our students.  Thank you to Dan Conaway of The Writer's House in NYC, pictured here being interviewed by one of his writers, Megan Abbot, about how writers and agents work together.  Previous years we welcomed Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburg and Stella Connell of the Stella Connell Agency.

We also bring in agents and editors to conference with our students. Thank you to Dan Conaway of The Writer’s House in NYC, pictured here being interviewed by one of his writers, Megan Abbot, about how writers and agents work together. Previous years we welcomed Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburg and Stella Connell of the Stella Connell Agency.