posted Apr 20, 2010, 2:42 PM by Northeast Ohio Masters of Fine Arts
updated Mar 8, 2011, 11:54 AM by NEO MFA
Bisbee, Arizona, Summer Study & Travel Fellowships
sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center for NEOMFA students
2011 APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 21st
Through the generosity of Robert and Walter Wick and the Wick Poetry
Center at Kent State University, the NEOMFA program will offer a special
multi-genre workshop course for three hours credit from late July through early
August, 2011. The workshop will be led by Professor Maggie Anderson (KSU)
and will be open to NEOMFA students from any of the four campuses who have completed two semesters of course
work in the NEOMFA program.
Dates for the 2011 Bisbee Workshop are:
WEEK 1: July 25-July 29 (at KSU)
WEEK 2: July 31-August 7 (in Bisbee, AZ)
WEEK 3: August 8-August 15 (at KSU)
Students will come together Monday through Friday at KSU from 10
a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. the first week. The second week will be an
all-expense paid trip to the Robert Wick ranch in Bisbee, Arizona, where
students will write, study, and experience the landscape and culture of the
desert southwest. The third and final week of the course will, again, be
held on the KSU campus Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3
p.m. The final class meeting will be
held on the following Monday 10 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. Tuition reimbursement for the three credits of the course will be
provided by the gateway campus for students receiving the fellowships.
Students are expected to have a generally defined project and a
specified genre for their work during this three-week period (see guidelines
below under how to apply). Genres include creative non-fiction (journal
writing, travel writing, essay, and memoir), poetry, fiction, or
playwriting. Interested students must present a cover letter of intent to
participate and a summary of anticipated work for the three-week period,
including a proposed reading list which will constitute part of the required
readings for all students in the workshop. In addition, students are required to solicit a letter from their campus
coordinator certifying the satisfactory completion of two semesters of MFA
work, and as well as a letter of recommendation from a NEOMFA faculty member in
their genre. Sample proposals from
past participants in three genres are included under FAQS below.
Note: Because of the unusual intensive nature of
this workshop, the requirements to read widely and closely in several genres,
and the seven-day travel component, students are strongly urged
not to plan to take additional course work other than thesis hours during the
time of this course. If it is essential
for a student’s program to take an additional course during this time period,
this must be noted in the letter of intent to participate.
Applications for the workshop must be sent by March 21st to Jana Russ, Program Coordinator, NEOMFA,
355 Olin Hall, University of Akron Akron, OH 44325-1906 or by electronic
submission to Jana Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters certifying
completion of work by the campus coordinator and letters of recommendation
(note: in some cases, one letter may serve both purposes) must be sent
electronically directly to Professor Maggie Anderson email@example.com. Students will be
advised by phone or e-mail of their acceptance by April 1st. If accepted, students will register for 3 hours of Individual Investigation
(“Arizona Multi-genre Workshop”) credit through KSU.
Wick Poetry Center Travel/Study Fellowships FAQS:
What is it?
A multi-genre workshop (students determine genre and plan of study) for
3 hours of graduate credit. This is a small group experience; only five
students will be selected.
The Bisbee workshop meets for three full weeks late July
through early August.
week: KSU campus 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 daily for 5 days
week: Bisbee, Arizona for 8 days (including 2 day’s travel)
- 3rd week: KSU
campus 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 daily for 5 days
Any current NEOMFA student who has satisfactorily completed at least
two semesters of MFA course work may apply. The campus coordinator must
write a letter certifying this.
Students who have applied and received a previous Wick Bisbee Summer Fellowship may not reapply.
Tuition remission for 3 hours credit is provided by the gateway
university for students who are selected to participate. All travel, food, and
lodging, as well as a small stipend for miscellaneous expenses are provided by
the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. Opportunities to experience
the landscape, culture, botany, history, and literary and artistic offerings of
the region will be arranged throughout the week as well as transportation while
you are there.
Write a proposal which
1. A cover
letter expressing your intent to participate in the workshop if selected.
Provide: name, address, phone, e-mail, and gateway campus in this
one-two page proposal specifying genre and outlining a broadly defined project that
you would like to work on during this three-week period.
3. A list
of specific readings you want to use during this time
that will be useful to your work as you are imagining it. Students selected will provide the course
reading list for the group. (Note: all reading must be completed prior to the
three week period of the workshop). If your work would particularly
benefit from travel to the Southwest, please note it, but this is not required
4. A letter from your campus coordinator certifying
your satisfactory completion of two semesters of MFA work.
5. A letter of
recommendation from a faculty member in your genre.
(5 pages of prose
single-spaced, 6 pages of poetry, or 10 pages of a play).
6. A sample of your recent creative work
Send your proposal by electronic submission
to: Jana Russ, Program Coordinator, NEOMFA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or
mail or deliver a print copy to Jana Russ, Program Coordinator, NEOMFA, 355
Olin Hall, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1906
What is the
deadline for applications?
2011. Applicants will receive
notification of acceptance on or before April 1st, 2011.
All materials (including the letter from the
campus advisor and the recommender) must be received by
Contact the NEOMFA Office email@example.com for more
See the attachments below for sample proposals from past Bisbee Fellows.