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Master’s Class Fall 2018–Novelist-Playwright James Magruder

From the Shapiro Center for Writing:

Shapiro Center for Writing, Master Class Fall 2018

Workshop for Stage and Page!!!

James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator. His Three French Comedies (Yale University Press), was named an “Outstanding Literary Translation of the Year” by the American Literary Translators Association. Today, his versions of Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Dickens, Hofmannsthal, and Giraudoux have been produced across the country. He also wrote the book for the much-loved Broadway musical Triumph of Love.

His stories have appeared in New England Review, The Normal School, The Gettysburg Review, Bloom, Subtropics, and the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest, among others. His debut novel, Sugarless (University of Wisconsin Press), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelists Award and the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. His first story collection, Let Me See It, appeared in June 2014 from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. (“There are few authors who write with as much sensitivity and tenderness as James Magruder; he has a way of finding something beautiful in the most heartbreaking moments . . . With sharp touches of humor, this is a marvel of a story.” —Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)

James is a four-time fellow of the MacDowell Colony. His writing has also been supported by the New Harmony Project, the Ucross Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Jerome Foundation. In addition to his plays and fiction, he’s taught translation and adaptation at the Yale School of Drama for many years.

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Monday, September 17th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Monday, October 15th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm followed by dinner
Monday, November 12th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm followed by reading a reading by James Magruder

Apply to Amy Bloom, abloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with cover letter expressing interest and experience and a sample of your work.

Date: Monday, September 17; Monday, October 15; Monday, November 12
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

Courtesy of Zenzele Price ’18:

The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose to workshop them with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.

Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique! Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s.

Come to chat, come to share, come to snack!

Date: Thursday, March 2nd
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)
Facebook event: LINK

Shapiro Center Open House


Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Hey, frosh! Head over to the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing on Thursday to learn more about Wesleyan’s creative writing hub! The Shapiro Center offers readings, classes with professional writers, workshops with peers, and an open space for student events. It’s also a 24 hour study space with an endless supply of free coffee and animal crackers.
Refreshments will be available.
Date: Thursday, September 8th
Time: 6-8PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)

An Evening with Said Sayrafiezadeh

saidZenzele Price ’18 writes in:

Come to the Shapiro Center on Monday, April 18th, for a reading of Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s works. Mr. Sayrafiezadeh’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. He has also been the recipient of the Whiting’s Writer Award for Nonfiction and a Cullman Center fiction fellowship.

Not only is Mr. Sayrafiezadeh an award winning writer – a small group of Masters Class students also had the privilege of working with him this semester.

Join us for an evening of literature and discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Monday, April 18
Time: 9-10 PM
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)
Facebook Event

Apply for a Masters Class with Saïd Sayrafiezadeh


From Sofi Goode ’17:

Apply for the Spring 2016 Masters Class with memoirist and essayist Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. While not for credit, this class is an opportunity to work closely with a tremendously talented writer. Sayrafiezadeh’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and New American Stories, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

An Evening with Richard Blanco

An Evening with Richard BlancoFrom the Shapiro Writing Center:

Award-winning writer and President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco is also a public speaker, author, and civil engineer. Blanco’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections, including the Best American Poetry series, and he was the 2006 recipient of the PEN Open Book Award for his publication “Directions to the Beach of the Dead.” Blanco was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet.

Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 9-10:30 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center



Selections from a New Musical by Quiara Alegri?a Hudes & Erin McKeown


From the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Quiara Alegri?a Hudes and Erin McKeown present selection from their new musical, Miss You Like Hell! Come hear the talented duo perform scenes and songs from their upcoming production, and enjoy refreshments at a reception following the performance.

Please R.V.S.P. to this event by emailing adistler[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. The event is first come, first served, and will be capped at 40 people.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a composer and playwright, best known for her book adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “In The Heights.” In 2012, she received the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play “Water By The Spoonful.”

Erin McKeown is a musician and songwriter. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Ethnomusicology. Her most recent album, Manifestra, was released in 2013.

Date: Mon, Feb 23
Time: 6 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

Apply for a Masters Class with Colson Whitehead


From the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Colson Whitehead is the author of five novels, including the Pulitzer Finalist John Henry Days (2001), and his most recent book is non-fiction.

After graduating from Harvard College in 1991, Whitehead moved to New York City to work for The Village Voice. Since then, his essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The New Yorker and he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Among Whitehead’s honors are Ainsfield-Wolf Book Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship, the “genius” award. His work has been described as “scintillating,” “strikingly original,” and “blithely gifted.”

Table Talk with Amy Bloom

An invitation from the Shapiro Writing Center:

Bummed that you missed the first Table Talk of the year? Have more writing-related woes? Just haven’t had enough of those delicious Shapiro Center animal crackers in your life lately? You’re in luck! Amy Bloom is coming back for another discussion of all things prose!
Join Professor Bloom for snacks, prizes, and talk of stories, papers, and screenplays. Praise, pity, and parse your writing, or anyone else’s!

Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street

Word Game Night at the Shapiro Center


Sofia Goode ’17 writes:

Classes are up and running again, and luckily so is Word Game Night at the Shapiro Center! Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm, take a study break and come over to enjoy delicious snacks, awesome prizes, and beating all your friends at word games!

Date/Time: Tuesdays at 8
Place: Shapiro Writing Center (167 High)