S251. Have MFA, Will Teach: Create Teaching and Outreach Opportunities Outside Academia

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


With the proliferation of MFA programs (and their grads), permanent academic teaching positions have become fewer and farther between. Fortunately, opportunities to teach and support other writers have not. This panel will present various creative ways writers can use their MFA training to build writing communities through formal classes, public readings, and other outreach models. We will discuss startup logistics and pitfalls to avoid and possibilities for generating income from our efforts.


Kim Suhr is director of Red Oak Writing, which provides workshops, manuscript critiques, and writing events in Southeastern Wisconsin. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and her nonfiction has aired on the local NPR affiliate. She holds an MFA in fiction from Pine Manor College.

Jacquelyn Grant Brown is a writer/poet and literary and performing arts advocate and facilitator. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College respectively.

Alejandro Ramirez is a freelance journalist and writer in Boston, Massachusetts.

Annette Marquis is program director for James River Writers in Richmond, Virginia. She has a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the Solstice MFA Low-Residency Program at Pine Manor College. Annette is the author of Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County.

María Luisa Arroyo, 2016 NEPR Arts and Humanities recipient and 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Springfield (MA) has facilitated poetry workshops and curated readings for poets and writers such as 7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight in partnership with the Springfield City Library system since 2004.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside