Calendar

The Nonfiction Writing Program

SPRING 2021 CALENDAR

Week 1: January 25-30            

ACADEMIC

Monday, Jan 25: First Day of Classes

AWARD

Thursday, Jan 28: Deadline for Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Summer Fellowship materials to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp (for PhD and Second-Year MFA students)

ACADEMIC

Friday, Jan 29, 9-10AM: POC at a PWI – A Teaching Workshop for Instructors of Color at UI, including panelists Donika Kelly, Assistant Professor of English, and Gigi Durham, NWP Director                          

 

Week 2: February 1-6

AWARD

Tuesday, Feb 2: Deadline for MFA Nonfiction English Dept Financial Aid Form to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp

AWARD

Tuesday, Feb 2: Deadline for Edwin Ford Piper Memorial Scholarship materials to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp (for PhD and MFA students – “for self-supporting women… with aspirations to help the cause of women”)

AWARD

Thursday, Feb 4: Deadline for MFA Summer Fellowship materials to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp (Second-Years Only)

COMMUNITY

Friday, Feb 5, 5PM via Zoom: NWP "Welcome Back" Zoom Gathering

 

Week 3: February 8-13

OUTREACH

Monday, Feb 8, 3PM: Deadline for Buckley Master Class proposals to Corey

AWARD

Monday, Feb 8: Submissions for Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writers Fellowships due online (Third-Years Only)

AWARD

Friday, Feb 12, 3PM: Deadline for Herodotus Award Proposals to Corey 

READING

Friday, Feb 12, 6-7:30PM, Prairie Lights Books Virtual: NWP alum Felicia Rose Chavez, author of The Anti-Racist Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom, Reading 

 

Week 4: February 15-20

READING/PANEL

Thursday, Feb 18, 3:30-5PM, ONLINE: 

CLAS Theme Year - Racial and Social Justice in the Arts

The anti-racist writing workshop: A panel discussion on creating more inclusive writing programs

Panelists: Felicia Rose Chavez, NWP alumna and author; Matthew Kelley, Provost Visiting Writer, Department of English and graduate of the UI Writers’ Workshop; Luis Muñoz, Professor and Director of the Spanish MFA Program in Creative Writing; and Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Professor and CLAS Administrative Fellow, Office of the Dean. Moderator: Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Director, UI Nonfiction Writing Program.

READING

Friday, Feb 19, 7PM, Prairie Lights Books Virtual: NWP alum Michele Morano, author of Like Love, Reading followed by conversation with NWP alum John T. Price

 

Week 5: February 22-27

ACADEMIC

Friday, Feb 26: Degree application deadline (Third-Years Only)

ACADEMIC

Friday, Feb 26: MFA spring graduates (Third-Years Only) must send Cherie a list of their thesis title, thesis committee members, date, and time of defense

 

Week 6: March 1-6

REST

Tuesday, March 2: Instructional Break (no classes held)

BUCKLEY MASTER CLASS

Thursday-Friday, March 4-5, ONLINE: Buckley Master Classes

 

Week 7: March 8-13

       

Week 8: March 15-20

READING

Friday, March 19, 7PM, Prairie Lights Books Virtual: Matthew Gavin Frank Reading

 

Week 9: March 22-27

ACADEMIC

Monday, March 22: Deadline for Fall 2021 course registration preferences emailed to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp

AGENT VISIT

Friday, March 26, 12PM, ONLINE: Q&A with William Callahan, Agent and Editor at InkWell Management

READING

Friday, March 26, 7PM, Prairie Lights Books Virtual: NWP professor Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood, in conversation with NWP alum Jo Ann Beard, author of Festival Days

 

Week 10: March 29-April 3

ACADEMIC

Friday, April 2, tbd: Second-Years to submit thesis proposals to faculty

AWARD

Friday, April 2, 3PM: Submissions for Roxanne Mueller Award due to Corey

 

Week 11: April 5-10

 

Week 12: April 12-17

ACADEMIC

Monday, April 12: Early Registration for Fall 2021 begins

REST

Wednesday, April 14: Instructional Break (no classes held)

 

Week 13: April 19-24

ACADEMIC

Tuesday, April 20: Deadline for Final Exam Reports (Third-Years Only)

EDITOR VISIT

Friday, April 23, 12PM, ONLINE: Q&A with Joey McGarvey, Senior Editor at Milkweed Editions

 

Week 14: April 26-May 1

ACADEMIC

Friday, April 27: Deadline for Single Thesis Deposit (Third-Years Only)

 

Week 15: May 3-8

ACADEMIC

Friday, May 7: Close of classes

READING

Friday, May 7, 7PM, Prairie Lights Books Virtual: NWP Director Gigi Durham Reading

SOCIAL

Saturday, May 8, 12PM Central, ONLINE: NWP Graduation Ceremony and Reading

 

Week 16: May 10-15

ACADEMIC

Final exam week for the university