S121. Finding Community After Your MFA

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


You've got your MFA. What comes next? How do you find your community of writers, and continue to work on your craft? Join community and organizational leaders for a discussion of writing conferences, reading events, and community workshops that will get you excited for what lies beyond your MFA.


Kate Ristau is a folklorist and the author of the Middle Grade series Clockbreakers, and the Young Adult series Shadowgirl. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she is the business manager of Willamette Writers.

Armin Tolentino earned his MFA at Rutgers University in Newark. His full length collection of poetry, We Meant to Bring It Home Alive, is forthcoming.

C.B. Bernard is the author of Chasing Alaska, a narrative nonfiction mix of travel memoir, nature writing, and immersion journalism named a top book choice by both Publishers Weekly and National Geographic, and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. 

Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call, a Powell's Best YA of 2017 and has essays in My Little Red BookThe Things That You Would Have SaidThe SunxoJane, Manifest-Station.com, and Hip Mama. She's performed with Jerry Seinfeld, Felicia Day, Zombies, Cookie Monster, and Mickey Mouse.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center