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Hot Topics in Creative Nonfiction: Giving Yourself the Gift of Time - Writing Residencies and Retreats

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Do you sometimes find it hard to finish a writing project while juggling all the responsibilities of daily life? Does your creative writing often get pushed to the side? You might be ready for a writing retreat!

In this live webinar, MFA in Creative Nonfiction director, Leanna James Blackwell, will interview Bay Path Writer-in-Residence Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of 11 books and coordinator of the Summer Creative Writing Seminar in Ireland, about how writing residencies and retreats from the formal to the self-created can give you the time and inspiration you need for your creative work. They will also share information about this summer's retreat in the seaside village of Dingle, Ireland, a week-long residency with guest faculty including Ann Hood, Dinty Moore, Tom Shea, and visiting Irish writers (July 30 - August 4). Q & A to follow the talk.  

About Leanna James Blackwell
Leanna James Blackwell is director of the Bay Path University MFA in Creative Nonfiction and assistant professor of creative writing. An award-winning essayist and documentary playwright, she is a member of the Northampton Playwrights Lab, former artistic director and playwright-in-residence of TKO Theatre and the Inner Stage in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the co-founder and director of The Place for Writers at Mills College in Oakland, California. Her most recent play, Grimm Women, a feminist reimagining of traditional fairy tales, premiered during the 2016 Play by Play Festival at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Mass and was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. A frequent contributor to arts, academic, and parenting journals, Leanna’s essays have been widely published, anthol0gized, and adapted for the stage. Leanna graduated from the MFA program in creative writing at Mills College in California. A 20-year practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, Leanna is known for a teaching style that helps writers tap into their deepest creative potential. She is currently at work on a collection of essays and a new play examining race and adoption.

About Suzanne Strempek Shea 
Suzanne Strempek Shea is facilitator of Bay Path’s summer Creative Writing Field Seminar in Ireland.  She is also the university’s Writer-in-Residence and director of the undergraduate creative writing program. The latest of her eleven books are the biography This Is Paradise and the novel Make a Wish But Not For Money. Her memoirs include Songs from a Lead-lined Room, Shelf Life, and Sundays in America. Suzanne won the 2000 New England Book Award for the contributions her books have made to the literature of the region. She’s been featured on NBC’s “Today” and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. She has freelanced for publications including The Boston Globe, The Irish Times, Yankee, and BarkVisit her website.