University of Miami
Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, Peter Selgin

February 13-17, 2012

The University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing is pleased to welcome Professor Peter Selgin as our Distinguished Writer-in-Residence during the week of February 13th-17th.  Professor Selgin will be holding a special senior seminar, “In the Beginning,” one-on-one conferences with 15 graduating creative writers and a public reading of his creative works of fiction and non-fiction.

Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction, as well as a novel (Life Goes to the Movies, 2nd place finalist AWP and James Jones First Novel Award), two books on the craft of fiction writing, and two children’s books. His first memoir, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist's Memoir, was published by the University of Iowa Press. A recently completed novel, The Water Master, won this year's Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Society Award for Best Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of journals, and are included in several anthologies, including Writing Fiction, and Best American Essays 2006. A visual artist as well, his art has appeared in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, and other publications. He is the prose editor and co-art director of Alimentum, a literary journal devoted to food themed writing. He teaches at Antioch University's MFA writing program and is currently the Rollins College Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing.

“In The Beginning,” Senior Seminar
Monday, February 13, 6:25-8:55
Location: CAS Gallery
Open to All Creative Writing Majors

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Author of the blog, Your First Page, Professor Peter Selgin has designed this senior seminar for University of Miami Creative Writers. "In the Beginning" will explore the strategies and practices of first sentences, paragraphs, pages, and opening scenes. It will include a survey of different types of openings, plus analyses of first pages of works-in-progress. Students are encouraged to submit anonymous first pages by Monday, February 6th.

Submitting Your Work
Students should submit via email the first page of a work-in-progress to their creative writing professor or advisor by February 6th.  


Manuscript Consultations with Professor Selgin
Monday, February 13- Friday, February 17
Location: Ashe Building Room 410
Only open to senior creative writing majors

Up to 15 graduating creative writing seniors are eligible for one-on-one critiques. Students will be required to attend the senior seminar, "In the Beginning" and be ready to workshop their opening pages to qualify for in-depth consultations.

Submitting Your Work
Students should submit via email up to five pages of a work-in-progress to their creative writing professor or advisor by February 6th.


A Reading featuring Peter Selgin
Thursday, February 16th from 7-8PM
Location: CAS Gallery
Free and open to the public

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Writers Salon with Peter Selgin
Abandoned Hat Factories: Setting & Atmosphere in Fiction

Friday, February 17th, 8PM
Location: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Fl 33134
Free and open to the public

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A reading/discussion with author Peter Selgin on his newest work, and specifically on the roles of atmosphere and setting in fiction. Selgin will read selections from various works, including his yet-to-be-published Pirate's Alley / Faulkner Society Prize-Winning new novel, The Water Master, set in a dying hat factory town in 1963, as well as from 179 Ways to Save a Novel, his book on the craft of fiction writing. The reading will be followed by a Q & A with the author moderated by University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing student Benjamin "Benjy" Caplan. Links on Facebook and #SalgonSelgin.


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