Workshop with Master Teacher:
Mc asks that participants be prepared to articulate with exceptional specificity the possibilities in their own work, and, in light of those possibilities, their usual approaches to transforming the work. Assuming that writers do not wish to merely bandage, patch, and repair “problems” in their drafts, he will propose specific methods for avoiding “default” modes of structure, for achieving dynamic balance in the larger and smaller elements, for reckoning with the complexities of narrative sensibility, and for gaining new insight into the presentation of setting and time. He will center this class on distinctions between “construction” and “creation” of the work, and on distinctions between the reader’s “reactions” and the reader’s “responses.” Mc’s Master Class will include a craft lecture (topic TBD) and the review and discussion of manuscripts.
Kevin “Mc” McIlvoy has taught creative writing for thirty years. He serves as a faculty member for the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing. He recently retired as Regents Professor at New Mexico State University where he was editor of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Harper’s Magazine, The Collagist, The Southern Review, River City, Ploughshares, and The Missouri Review, to name a few. He has published four novels: A Waltz, Little Peg, Hyssop, andThe Fifth Station, as well as a collection of stories, The Complete History of New Mexico. He describes himself as a learner-teacher who expects writers to recognize that the moment before them always provides insight into “the big picture” of their past and future lives as artists.