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Call for Proposals: Creative Nonfiction Spalding MFA Alumni, for Fall 2024 Lecture

The Naslund-Mann School invites MFA alumni who graduated in creative nonfiction to submit proposals for an hour-long craft lecture in the area of Creative Nonfiction. The lecture will be presented at the Fall 2024 residency, November 9-16. The deadline for proposals is August 18.


Alumni may propose to lecture on craft or on an important figure or school of writing in the featured area. The best proposals will focus on distinct concerns of Creative Nonfiction but present information that will be useful to writers of all genres. While the lecture may engage the audience with exercises, at least forty-five minutes of the hour should be presented in lecture form.

Each proposal should include the alum’s name, the lecture title, a description (at least 150 and no more than 200 words) to be included in the Residency Lecture Descriptions document, as well as the thesis of the lecture, a rough outline of the lecture, and the goals of the lecture, describing the main takeaways for the audience.

We encourage alumni to revisit their ECEs, graduation lectures, or topics for their small group discussions for possible subjects.


Each semester, the chair and directors, with faculty input, choose one lecture to be presented as part of the Distinguished MFA Alumni Lecture series at the upcoming residency on Spalding’s campus. The selected lecturer will present a one-hour lecture and be compensated a $500 honorarium, a one-night stay at The Brown Hotel, travel expenses to and from residency, and a per diem for meals.


This lecture will be open to the community as well as to students and faculty at the residency in Louisville.


The lecture proposals are due no later than the midsession deadline of the previous fall or spring semester. Forthcoming deadlines:


Fall 2024: Creative Nonfiction, proposal deadline August 18, 2024.

Spring 2025: W4CYA, proposal deadline February 18, 2025.

Fall 2025: Writing for TV, Screen, and Stage, proposal deadline August 18, 2025

Spring 2025: Fiction, proposal deadline, February 18, 2026

Fall 2025: Poetry, proposal deadline August 18, 2026

To submit a proposal for a creative nonfiction lecture to be presented at the Fall 2024 residency in November, email your proposal to the Naslund-Mann School of Writing with the subject line “last name, first name, FALL 2024 Alumni Lecture Proposal.”


We hope to award the Creative Nonfiction Distinguished Alumni Lectureship for Fall 2024 no later than September 15.


For more information, please contact Kathleen Driskell, chair, Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing.


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