Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing begins July 15


The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW) was founded to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft among established authors.

From July 15 to 20, the Institute will offer the Summer Writing Program, a comprehensive writing workshop with published authors and poets, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country. The week includes daily writing workshops, one-on-one editing sessions, evening readings, and dinners/outings with the visiting faculty.

This year’s poetry instructors include Catherine Pierce, who teaches and co-directs the Creative Writing Program at Mississippi State University; Marcus Wicker, whose first book, “Maybe the Saddest Thing,” was selected for the National Poetry Series; and Keith Leonard, who teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

This year’s prose instructors include Michael Kardos, also a teacher and co-director of the Creative Writing Program at Mississippi State University; Phong Nguyen, who teaches at the University of Central Missouri and edits the journal “Pleiades;” and Alexander Weinstein, a professor at Siena Heights University and the director of the MVICW.

“[The MVICW] helped me decide to apply to MFA programs and gave me some momentum towards that. Applying was something I considered but not too seriously before [the Summer Program],” said Sofi Thanhauser, who will be attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie for an MFA in creative nonfiction, and who attended the MVICW summer program twice.

“The teachers at the program are pretty much all teachers of or in residence at MFA programs. I felt I was getting a taste of what that felt like, and it demystified that whole process and gave me a feel for what an MFA really is,” said Ms. Thanhauser. “It’s helpful for writers to have each others’ help, critique, and camaraderie.”

The MVICW is also offering The High School Writers’ Collaborative, a Creative Writing Camp for High School students, to be held at the M.V. Public Charter School. The camp will run from July 9 to 13. Scholarships are still available for both programs. Comprehensive information about the program and registration is available at the MVICW website or by calling 954-242-2903.