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Word Game Night!

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From the Shapiro Center:

Classes are up and running again, and luckily so is Word Game Night at the Shapiro Center! Every Monday at 7:00 pm, take a study break and come over to for free snacks, awesome prizes, air conditioning and the chance to take down all your friends in Scrabble, Taboo, or whatever you choose!

Date: Monday, September 14
Time: 7-9 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

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Apply for a Masters Class with Richard Blanco

richard blancoFrom the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Award-winning poet Richard Blanco is coming to Wesleyan this semester for an exclusive masters class! Blanco’s works have focused on his heritage and identity as well as the impact of national tragedy. This series includes three 2.5 hour workshop-style classes with the inaugural poet, and one dinner after class.

The class is open to anyone who can commit to all three classes (September 23, October 28, and November 18). The course is not for credit, and has no additional cost. To apply, send a cover letter and sample of 3-4 poems to abloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. All applications must be submitted by SEPTEMBER 15, but the sooner the better! Take advantage of this chance to work closely with a professional poet.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 15

Applications are being accepted as they come in, so it’s best to get yours in as early as possible. The classes run from 6-8:30 p.m. each day. Click on the flyer if you wanna see the whole thing.

Study Break with Shapiro

22113_823473667727226_8003614795029697670_nFrom the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Finals got you down? Come to Shapiro and eat our food! Enjoy free snacks, free coffee, and a nice place to study!

Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 7 PM – midnight
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street
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Table Talk With Amy Bloom

11100864_816570028417590_8375788788519409747_nFrom the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Amy Bloom is coming back for one final Table Talk before school ends! Bring your ideas, your outlines, your drafts, whatever, and workshop them with Amy and others. This is a great chance to get some feedback before you work on things over summer!

Special end-of-semester snacks! Free coffee! Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s.

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 5-7 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

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Word Game Night

13783_786610414746885_903457497596846213_nThe folks at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center are back with weekly fun times:

Studying and the cold got you down? Take a study break in comfort of the Shapiro Center! Come on down to Shapiro on Wednesdays for fun word games, cool people, and free snacks!

Date: Wednesday, February 25 (and every subsequent Wednesday!)
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street
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Volunteer at the Shasha Seminar on “The Novel”


Shapiro Creative Writing Center Director Amy Bloom ’76 wants your help:

Volunteers needed for the 2014 Shasha Conference for Basic Human Concerns on Saturday, April 5th.

We are in need of student volunteers to direct registrants and accompany speakers. Contact Senior Fellow Izzy Rode at irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information!

Website here.

Table Talk with Amy Bloom


From Izzy Rode ’14:

Every Thursday beginning TODAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, Amy Bloom, Welseyan’s Kim-Frank Writer-in-Residence, will be hosting Table Talk:

All things prose. Anything you want to discuss? Translation, problems with papers, letters you can’t bring yourself to write, expressions that puzzle you, books that you can’t finish (as a reader or a writer), anything to do with the word, the sentence or the paragraph.

Please come and discuss.

(Over a cup of coffee or glass of wine)

I hope you come,
Amy Bloom

Date: Febuary 6th and every Thursday following
Time: 5pm-6pm
Place: Shapiro Center for Creative Writing (167 High Street)
Cost: 0 dollars and cents

Word Game Night at the Shapiro Center


Zach Smith ’17 and Rosie Wilkin ’17 invite you to Shapiro tonight for a study break:

Word game night at Shapiro is back! Every Monday at 8:30pm, come on over to enjoy snacks, friends, and win prizes for kicking ass at word games. Bring a friend, bring a pre-frosh, bring your mom.

Check out a short profile of the Shapiro Center here.

Date: every Monday starting TODAY
Time: 8:30pm
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High

The Shapiro Creative Writing Center Exists

Email irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with a FABULOUS NAME for  animal-cracker-filled bear-- and like the Shapiro FB page-- and if your name is the best, you'll win a prize!

Like the Shapiro FB page and message us with a FABULOUS NAME for animal-cracker-filled bear and if your entry is the best, you’ll win a prize! [You can like the Shapiro Center on Facebook to stay updated here.] —Professor Bloom

In 2009, two alums, Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74 donated approximately one shit-ton (followed by another $3 million pledge last year march) to establish the Shapiro Creative Writing Center at Wesleyan. We should all send them a thank-you note, because even though a young entity on campus, the Shapiro Center is wonderful. In regard to the second gift:

“We were gratified that the university moved quickly and got this program launched and established,” Shapiro said. “I’ve had good feedback from people both at Wesleyan and elsewhere. It has generated a bit of a buzz.”

Bit of a buzz, yes. Enough of a buzz, no. More on what you can do at Shapiro after the jump!

Michael Cunningham Masters Class


The incredible Amy Bloom ’76 and less-so-but-working-on-it Izzy Rode ’14 at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center are excited to announce:

Apply for a masters class with Michael Cunningham this spring!

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the WorldFlesh and BloodThe Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown. His next book, The Snow Queen, comes out in May, 2014. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University and now is offering a series of Master Classes, 2.5 hours on 3 Wednesday nights at 167 High Street, Shapiro Center for Creative Writing. Dinner will follow after the first and third class. Space is limited to 12 students; seats will be filled on a rolling basis.

The dates are as follows:
February 5th
March 5th
April 16th

No fee, no credit–just extraordinary honor and opportunity.

Application Requirements:
A cover letter: why you want to take this class and two books you have loved–and why.
Fiction sample (No more than 10 pages)
Must have taken at least one fiction-writing workshop previously.
Must commit to attending all 3 workshops. No exceptions.
Please send these documents to Amy Bloom at amy[at]amybloom[dot]com, no later than November 18.