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Summer Session
MFA in Creative Writing

conversations@efroymson

all events are free, open to the public, and held at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 W Hampton Drive, unless otherwise noted. 

This dynamic speakers and events series makes its home in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Meant to supplement the popular Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, it offers more intimate and interactive events from a wide range of genres and perspectives, including the graphic novel, screenwriting, book reviewing, translation, documentary, story slams, faculty readings, book clubs, book launch parties, and more. The series is intended to enrich the literary “conversation” and community in the MFA program, on campus, and in the broader Indianapolis community.

 

spring 2018 schedule 

Alumni Book Party: Quick Fire, Allyson Horton

Thursday,  February 22nd. 6:30pm. 

Join us as we celebrate the publication of Allyson Horton's book, Quick Fire, published by Third World Press. Allyson will give a reading, sign books, and charm us all. Copies of the book will be for sale.  Light refreshments will be served. 

 

Masterclass on Alternative Story Structures, with Kyle Minor

 Tuesday, March 27. 12:30pm. 

We will consider the inherent qualities of certain numbers (1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and the primes) in story structure, the pleasures of the nonlinear and the associative, the Dostoevskian long line and what it has to do with Dickens and soap opera and pro wrestling, the reasons why a character might go on a journey in the fourth part of a five-part, the four sandboxes particular to certain Paul Thomas Anderson movies, the eleven ways William Harrison wrote a bed, etc. We'll discuss some examples, draw some diagrams on the board, try to offer a few habits of mind that might yield something interesting in a year or ten. We will, in general, proceed like intelligent strivers and serious amateurs, and apply the full force of our intelligences to the problem of the container and how it might be used and profitably broken. 

 

The Unreading Series presents Ron Burch

Thursday, April 12th. 6:30pm. 

Ron Burch (producer of DINOTRUX on Netflix) proposes to take the audience through an episode of Dinotrux  and show how the story is set up, where the act breaks are and why, and what the character arcs are. Despite that it's a show for kids, the three-act structure is the most common one in many mediums and an important thing to learn. Once you know it, you can manipulate it, extend it, or use it to help your own writing.

 

Please contact Mindy Dunn at mdunn1@butler.edu with questions.