S229. Understanding the Boom

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Three to 733: that’s the increase in creative writing degrees since 1975. While institutions are meeting demand, they rarely understand why it exists, which can lead to static curriculum and graduates uncertain what to do next. This panel brings together professors from programs serving diverse populations to discuss student expectations and best practices for designing responsible curriculum that prepares graduates for the future.


Bryan Hurt is author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. He teaches creative writing at Capital University.

Sean Bernard directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, where he edits Prism Review. His stories have appeared in numerous journals, and he's the author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter and the collection Desert Sonorous, winner of the Juniper Prize in Fiction.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. Her most recent book is Pomegranate Eater. Previous books include Handiwork, and the collaborations ABRA, As We Know and Between Page & Screen. She teaches in the MFA in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize; Interrogation Room; and the chapbooks Necro Citizens and Notes from a Missing Person. An associate professor of English, she directs the Race and Ethnic Studies program at St. Olaf College.

Marcie Blandford is currently in her final undergraduate year at Capital University pursuing a bachelor's degree in both creative writing and French. She is hoping to continue and achieve her writing aspirations in the years ahead.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside