R258. The Special Relationship: Transatlantic Literary Alliances

Room 504, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What are the similarities and differences between creative writing programs in the US and the UK? This panel explores this topic in relation to students’ writing and future careers. Familiarity with both education systems can open up professional opportunities and networks while also broadening creative and intellectual horizons. But how can we ensure that our cross-cultural exchange enhances rather than hampers our writing, academic resumes, and publication trajectories?



Emma Claire Sweeney graduated with distinction from UEA’s Creative Writing MA. Her PhD is on learning disability in literature. She teaches at NYU in London and City University. She has published a poetry collection, The Memoir Garden, and her debut novel, Owlsong at Dawn, is forthcoming.

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was an Amazon Best Debut of the Month and Amazon Best Book of the Year, and the forthcoming memoir, The Tincture of Time. She's written for McSweeney's, the Millions, the Rumpus, and others.

Ifeona Fulani holds and MFA in creative writing and a PhD in comparative literature. She is the author of a novel, Seasons of Dust, a story collection, Ten Days in Jamaica, and an edited volume, Archipelagos of Sound. She teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.

Wendy Vaizey is a London-based prose fiction writer whose fiction has appeared in national circulation magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. She was awarded a Faber Fellowship and an Arts Council METAL residency exploring use of the digital in the arts. She also publishes academic research.

Tim Tomlinson is cofounder of New York Writers Workshop, and coauthor of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He's lived in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, the UK, the Bahamas, Miami, New Orleans, Boston, and New York, all of which figure in his poetry and fiction.


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