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MFA in Creative Writing


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.


Fall 2018 schedule 

Alumni Book Party: A Touch of Gold, Annie Sullivan

Friday, September 14th. 6:30pm. 

Join us as we celebrate the publication of Annie Sullivan's book, A Touch of Gold, published by Blink YA Books. Annie will give a reading, sign books, and charm us all. Copies of the book will be for sale.  Light refreshments will be served. Learn more about A Touch of Gold


The Unreading Series presents Brenda Peynado

Friday, October 26th. 6:30pm. 

While world-building has long been a necessary part of fiction, it has up to this point been underestimated as something only genre writers do and excluded from the university creative writing curriculum. In this workshop Brenda will explain the concept of world-building, discuss handout examples from across the real-unreal spectrum, and introduce the different techniques of world-building.  In the last half, participants will create their own, shared world (be it as large as that of a planet or a small as that of a family or an office) and asked to write flash fiction in it. By the end, participants will have a new understanding of the way worldbuilding is essential to all fiction and come away with techniques that they can use in their own work and teaching. 

Brenda Peynado's stories have won an O. Henry Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, a Dana Award, a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic, a Vermont Studio Center Residency, and other prizes. Her work appears in The Georgia Review, The Sun, The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. She received her MFA at Florida State University and her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. She currently teaches at the MFA program at the University of Central Florida. 



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