A 50th Anniversary Event: Celebrating Two Communities

April 30, 2020 at UC Irvine
Celebrating Two Communities:
Fifty Years of Writing Collaboration between UC Irvine’s MFA Program and the Community of Writers

Join UC Irvine creative writing fiction and poetry alums and Community of Writers participants and staff for a joyful reunion commemorating parallel success stories over five decades. This spring 2020 appreciation includes archival photographs, artifacts and documents, special guests, a panel, and an addresses from outstanding alumni of both programs celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the long-running Community of Writers summer writing workshops by novelist and UC Irvine MFA writing program founder and CoW workshop co-founder Professor Oakley Hall (Warlock, The Corpus of Joe Bailey). The early evening event on the UC Irvine campus — open to the public — features a keynote by writer Elizabeth Rosner, and closing talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon. This event will also feature a conversation among several other writers –all who’ve been both participants at Squaw Valley, and who also earned their MFAs at UCI including Lisa Alvarez, Meriwhether ClarkeLorene Delany-Ullman, Alex Espinoza, Glen David Gold, Rhoda Huffey, Louis B. Jones, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Michelle Latiolais, Kem Nunn, Robin Page, Andrew Tonkovich, and others, TBA. Free.  Refreshments.

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