F110. Digitizing the MFA: In Support of Diversity, Practicality, and the Facilitative Workshop Model

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Digitizing the MFA offers a robust opportunity to historically underserved writers hindered by financial and geographical limitations. In this session, panelists will discuss their experience transforming the traditional MFA program by integrating digital tools, shifting the power dynamic of the creative workshop, and building an engaging writing community into an evolved, fully online MFA, addressing practical strategies to support attending writers in sustaining a fulfilling writing career.


Joan F. Smith is the lead faculty for creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Her fiction and creative nonfiction appear in national and local publications throughout the country.

Sharon Kehl Califano, PhD, is the associate Dean for fully-online graduate and undergraduate English creative writing and literature programs at SNHU. She has 17 years of higher education experience, including online program development. She sits on the editorial board for The Edith Wharton Review.

Brooke McIntyre founded writing groups platform Inked Voices in 2013 to help writers workshop and build community online, overcoming the challenges of distance and schedules. She coaches writing groups, helps individuals find groups, and runs online critique events with agents.

Weina Randel is the author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon, historical novels of Wu Zetian, China’s only female emperor. Randel is the winner of RWA RITA® Award 2017. Her novels are to be translated into seven languages. She is the SME at Southern New Hampshire University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside