Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Low-Res MFA Event and Conversations & Connections Conference

Two upcoming events of note that I am involved in:

Doing a Low-Residency MFA: Pros & Cons

sponsored by AIW (American Independent Writers)

Monday, April 4, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Free for AIW members and non-members

AIW Office
Suite 701
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
The street entrance is on K Street, between 17th and Connecticut, near the K Street entrance to the Farragut North Metro station.
Metro: Farragut North on the Red line, Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines.

Get the scoop on low-residency MFA graduate programs, and see if this option is right for you!

Leslie Pietrzyk teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College (located in Spartanburg, South Carolina) and in the graduate writing program at Johns Hopkins. She is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree (Avon Books) and A Year and a Day (William Morrow). Her short fiction has appeared in many journals, including Shenandoah, The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Sun Magazine.

Rimas Blekaitis is currently a student and MFA candidate in writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program. The VCFA program was recently ranked as the top low-residency writing program in the country by Poets and Writers magazine, and as one of the top five programs by The Atlantic magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Conversations and Connections Literary Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Johns Hopkins University Advanced Writing Program campus, Washington, DC
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
one block from the Dupont Circle (Red line) Metro station’s south entrance.

$65 for full day

My panel:
Debut Writers and How They Got There
Panel discussion: Dylan Landis, Eric Goodman, Janice Shapiro, Robin Black,
Moderated by Leslie Pietrzyk
People who have a first book coming out, or just had one, and how they got from slamming their head against the wall to first book out.

Lots more at this great conference!  Registration/information: 


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.