R169. A Lifetime of Experience in One Hour: The Art of the Craft Talk

Room 200 D&E, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


With the rise of low-residency programs and writing institutes, craft talks have become an important medium to inspire and to transmit methods to the next generation of writers. Experienced faculty members from low-residency programs will discuss their ideas on what makes a compelling craft talk. How do you generate a theme or question? What techniques, aids, or tools help in presentation? How do you create a talk that is dynamic and useful to students and stays with them in their lives as writers?



Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of nineteen books or plays. His seventh book of poems is My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers. Currently he teaches in the low-residency MFA in writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Wilton Barnhardt is the author of four novels and an upcoming book of short stories. Since 1996, he has been associated with the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers fiction faculty and, since 2002, has been a member of NC State University's MFA program.

Sena Jeter Naslund, program director and co-founder of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in writing and writer in residence at the University of Louisville, has published nine works of fiction, most recently The Fountain of St. James Court; Or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman and Ahab's Wife. 

Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels and three produced plays, and co-editor of two multicultural anthologies. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at Bard College at Simon's Rock and in the low-residency MFA program at Bennington College. 


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center