5:00 – 7:00 Social gathering at Renaissance South Park Hotel bar

Campus Parking and Logistics

All events will take place in the Crown Room, Levine Center unless otherwise noted. Download a Campus Map

Parking. The university asks that you park in the North Parking Deck, shown on the Google map to the right. Enter off Wellesley Avenue, and proceed to the second deck. Enter the code 5017, followed by the # sign. Display the parking pass on your dash. (Parking passes will be also available at the social gathering on Friday night, and at check-in on Saturday morning.)

Refreshments. The program will provide a continental breakfast and late afternoon snack, prior to the Open Mic and Book Sale. See the schedule below for details.

Campus Amenities. The Dining Hall is open for lunch 11:00a-2:00p. (The dinner hours ends before our schedule concludes on Saturday.) The Coffee House is open from 10:00a-4:00p.


All events will take place in the Crown Room, Levine Center unless otherwise noted.

8:00 – 8:45 Coffee & Pastries

Coffee, Hot Tea, Orange Juice, Infused Water; Breakfast Pastries, Bagels, Cream Cheese, Fresh Fruit

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and Announcements

9:00 – 10:30 Panel #1 – Publishing

Prose Writers and Poets will share their experiences with literary magazines, small and university presses, agents, large publishers, and self-publishing. Alums working in the publishing industry will offer their views from the other side of the fence. [Karen Celestan, April Ford, Amy Ashby, Val Nieman, Cliff Garstang]

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Craft Topics Session 1

Prose Track - Crown Room

  • 10:45-11:15 Writing Sex Scenes [Torie Amarie Dale]
  • 11:15-11:45 Query Letters & Proposals [Tracy Crow]

Poetry Track - Sykes 220

  • 10:45-11:45 Poetry Across Genres [Val Nieman]

11:45 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Craft Topics Session 2

Prose Track - Sykes 220

  • 1:15-1:40 Freelance Editing/Coaching [Angela Haigler/Ann Wicker]
  • 1:45-2:10 The Business of Writing [Carl Moore]

Poetry Track - Crown Room

  • 1:15-1:40 Sculptors on Trash Heaps - The Art of Found Poetry [Hannah Cohen]
  • 1:45-2:10 The Poet Activist [Tierre Jeanne-Porter]

2:15 – 3:45 Panel #2 – Continuing Education

Alums offer their views on workshops, conferences, conventions, and residencies outside of the MFA program. How do we keep learning our craft? We’ll also discuss how writers in one genre prepare themselves to make the leap to another. [April Ford, Wendi Berry, Mimi Milan, Torie Amarie Dale, Cliff Garstang]

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:30 Panel #3 – Marketing and Branding for Writers and Poets

Featured presenter Priscilla Goudreau-Santos of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations and Marketing will be joined by several Queens alums to discuss this important topic. In the current environment, how can writers brand themselves and market their work. [Priscilla Goudreau-Santos, Angela Haigler, Tracy Crow]

5:30 – 6:00 Break/Refreshments

Italian Antipasti, Crudite, Fresh Fruit

6:00 – 7:30: Open Mic/Bookfair

Coordinator: Dartinia Hull

7:30 Dinner on your own


10:00 – 12:00 Critique Group Workshops

Sign up ahead of time and be grouped with your peers for a manuscript exchange, then meet with them on Sunday morning to share critiques. [Coordinator: Tierre Jeanne-Porter]

  • McEwen 201
  • McEwen 202
  • McEwen 204
  • McEwen 206

Please note that the Coffee House is closed on Sundays; the Dining Hall is open until 10am for breakfast and coffee, and re-opens at 11a for lunch.