Bisbee Workshop

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


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 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 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.

When is it?

The Bisbee workshop meets for three full weeks late July through early August.

    • 1st week:  KSU campus 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 daily for 5 days
    • 2nd week:  Bisbee, Arizona for 8 days (including 2 day’s travel)
    • 3rd week: KSU campus 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 daily for 5 days

Who may apply?  

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

How do I apply?

Write a proposal which contains:

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 letter. 

2.  A 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 for selection. 

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.

6.  A sample of your recent creative work 

(5 pages of prose single-spaced, 6 pages of poetry, or 10 pages of a play).

Send your proposal by electronic submission to: Jana Russ, Program Coordinator, NEOMFA at 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?

All materials (including the letter from the campus advisor and the recommender) must be received by 

March 21st, 2011.  Applicants will receive notification of acceptance on or before April 1st, 2011.

Contact the NEOMFA Office for more information

See the attachments below for sample proposals from past Bisbee Fellows. 

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