2017 Summer Residency

Augsburg MFA Summer Residency


Readings and Screenings

Free and Open to the Public
(unless specified otherwise)

Thursday, July 20 — Graduating Writers Monday, July 24
Judy Johnson, Fiction Film Screening by Visiting Writers 
Andrea Sanow, CNF Remy Auberjonois and Kate Nowlin
Faith Ericson, Fiction Blood Stripe
Mark Hooker, Screenwriting 7 p.m., Location TBD
Jacquelyn Dutdut, Fiction Reception follows
7 p.m., Sateren Auditorium  
Anderson Music Building Tuesday, July 25
Reception follows Visiting Playwright Harrison Rivers
  7:15 p.m., Foss Theater
Friday, July 21 Reception follows
Visiting Fiction Writer Kate Bernheimer  
7:15 p.m., Sateren Auditorium Thursday, July 27
Anderson Music Building Visiting Poet Patricia Smith
Reception follows 7:15 p.m., Chapel, Foss Center
  Reception follows
Saturday, July 22  
Traditional Open Student Reading Friday, July 28 — Graduating Writers
7 p.m., Foss Center Theater Josh Johnson, Fiction
(Closed to the public) Patricia Fox, Screenwriting
  Taryn Verley, Playwriting
Sunday, July 23 Mai Thao Xiong, CNF
Howling Bird Press Book Prize 7 p.m., Sateren Auditorium
Creative Nonfiction Winner Anderson Music Building
Jean Harper Reception follows
Still Life With Horses  
Book Launch Party Saturday, July 29
7:15 p.m., Sateren Auditorium Traditional Open Student Reading
Anderson Music Building 7:15 p.m., Foss Theater
Reception follows (Closed to the public)


MFA Alumni Day — Sunday, July 30, 2017

New to Augsburg’s MFA Summer residency schedule – Alumni Day.  Each year we will welcome

MFA alumni to join us for scheduled events, dinner and our literary evenings on Alumni Day.

Please join and help us kick off this fun addition to our Augsburg literary community!

Where: Augsburg Campus
When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
1-6 p.m. Two literary sessions followed by Alumni Social Hour – $30
6 p.m. Dinner with mentors and current students – $10

R.s.v.p. by calling Kathleen Matthews at 612-330-1778.

Sunday, July 23

12:30 p.m.               Registration

1 – 2:30 p.m.







Panel: What Agents Want

Speakers: Dawn Michelle Frederick, Eric Hane, and Laura Zats

Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building

So you’ve written your manuscript. Now what? What are agents looking for? What common mistakes can you avoid? What sets one query letter apart from another? In this panel, three literary agents from the Minneapolis-based agency Red Sofa will guide you through the process of finding an agent by sharing their own experience and expertise.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Refreshments / Break – Oren Gateway Atrium
3:30 – 5 p.m.













Developing Your Calling Cards as a Writer

Presented by Jack El-Hai

Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building

This is a 90-minute workshop that teaches writers how to craft and hone the various introductory messages they will communicate to editors, publishers, agents, and grant/fellowship sponsors they will use to promote their writing careers. The session will cover these calling cards:

· Letters of introduction – used as cover messages for literary submissions and inquiries to agents

· Vitae – used for similar purposes

· Mission statements and short bios – used for grant/fellowship applications

· Proposal letters – used to pitch articles, essays, and grant proposals

· Book proposals – used to pitch book ideas to agents and publishers

· Social media bios – used to claim one’s turf on social media platforms

5 – 6 p.m. Alumni Social Hour

Staying Connected to the MFA Community

6 – 7 p.m. Dinner with current mentors and students

Dine in small groups catered by local restaurants

Stay for the Howling Bird Press Book Launch Party!