S241. Byte by Byte: Teaching Creative Writing Online

Room 200 H&I, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Five writers—who teach online in a public university, a community college AFA, an arts nonprofit, and in private BFA and MFA low-residency programs—offer a candid and guided tour of the online creative writing classroom. Stops on the circuit: cleaning out the correspondence course feel; using technology for web-based fine arts studios and readers’ salons; maintaining trust, establishing community, setting boundaries; and nourishing creativity and improvisation. Ample audience engagement.



Cass Dalglish writes fiction and prose poetry and studies Reiki energy practice. Published books include Nin, Sweetgrass (Minnesota Book Award finalist), and Humming the Blues, a jazz poetics interpretation of Enheduanna’s "Song to Inanna." She is director of Augsburg College's MFA program.

Wendy Call is author of No Word for Welcome, co-editor of the anthology Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide, and translator of Mexican poetry. She teaches in Goddard College's low-residency BFA in Writing, at Seattle's Richard Hugo House, and through many community venues.

Athena Kildegaard is the author of three books of poetry: Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a Minnesota Book Award finalist), and Cloves & Honey. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. A previous AWP board member, she chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minneapolis.

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota. She has published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and her full-length poetry collection was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award for Poetry. Muhm has taught online for the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, since 2011.


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