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Rosemont MFA Free Workshops


Rosemont MFA Free Workshops

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Lawrence Auditorium


9:30 AM-11:00 AM- Bring It Back To Life! Resuscitation Strategies for Dying Drafts and Tired Poems

Instructor: J.C. Todd

In this whirlwind workshop, we will practice new and radical approaches to reviving poems and prose poems that have lost energy. We’ll locate and discuss the leaks and fractures, their causes and solutions, then redraft to bring the poems back to life. Bring two or three poems or drafts on your laptop, pad or phone and one copy in a readable 14-point font. If you’d rather work on paper, bring two printed copies (14-point font) of each poem. Scissors, markers, and other materials provided.



11:30 AM-1:00 PM- How Movies Make Us Better Writers

Instructor: Erin Entrada Kelly

Why is the book always better? As readers and writers, we know the answer. Books allow us to delve deeper into our characters. We experience their interior and exterior lives, spend more time with them, and get to know them on a more intimate level. But movies have a lot to teach us about how to craft our stories. A good movie can teach us about pacing, tone, characterization, and voice -- some of the most difficult elements for writers to master. During this workshop, attendees will watch brief movie clips that illustrate each of these elements, and learn what to look for the next time they sit down with popcorn.


j.c.toddJ.C. Todd, a Pew Fellow and Rita Dove Poetry Prize winner holds fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ucross, Ragdale and others. Publications include On Foot, By Hand and FUBAR, artist-book collaborations on war and displacement (Lucia Press, 2018, 2016), and poetry collections What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008), Nightshade and Entering Pisces (Pine Press, 1995, 1985) with poems in APR, Beloit Poetry Journal, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and forthcoming in Canary, Mom Egg Review, NELL, and others. She has taught poetry at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA program at Rosemont. In June she will lead a weekend workshop on generating new poems at the Rosemont Retreat. More Info



erin kellyErin Entrada Kelly is an award-winning author and Rosemont College MFA alumna. Her third book, HELLO, UNIVERSE, was released by HarperCollins in March 2017 and won the John Newbery Medal, in addition to receiving starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness. Her second novel, THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS, was a Book of the Year finalist, received the APALA Award for Children's Literature, and the was nominated for the Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award. Book Riot named THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS one of the best feminist books of the year, and Booklist called it one of the best contemporary novels of 2016. Her debut novel, BLACKBIRD FLY, was included on numerous best-of lists and was nominated for several awards, including the Golden Kite Honor Award, the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, and the Sybils Award. All of her novels are Junior Library Guild Selections. YOU GO FIRST, Erin’s fourth novel, is forthcoming this April. More Info