Master Classes
Master Classes







Five master classes occur each festival season, and the community is welcome to come and listen in. The format for the classes varies with each author deciding what elements of writing to address and how to address them, and Rollins students are schooled in the possible responses to their work. Imagine the thrill for undergraduate poets and undergraduate short story writers to have nationally and internationally known masters spend time with their work. Imagine, instead, hearing a National Book Award winner or the poet laureate speak extemporaneously about the art and craft of fiction or poetry. How does an early draft reach beyond its original potential? Can you know when a story is finished?

Master classes offer Rollins students and the often-large audience the opportunity to hear a secret now and then about the creative process.

Whenever the format for the class is a workshop, you have the opportunity to read the work beforehand. Poems and stories will be posted here in January and February.



Thursday February 5, 2014
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Master Class. Bush Auditorium

Conor Albino - Letter to J A
Rachel Gonzalez - Lessons
Ryan Favata - Rooms
Dorette Kaiser - Celebrity
Brittany Baum - The Writer's Battle
Steven Penaranda - An Older Woman's Observations

Natasha Tretheway

Thursday February 12, 2014
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Master Class. Bush Auditorium

Adrienne Barton - Everything Else Being Equal, Earl Sampson May Die Tonight
Christopher Sarafian - Today's Guest
Caroline Hunt - New Orleans
Brittany Baum - Rain Crows
Dorette Kaiser - Self Improvement


Malena Morling

Thursday February 19, 2014
2 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Master Class. Bush Auditorium

Robert Burrows - An Odd Trinity, Bored in Debate
Steven Penaranda - Reminiscing, Divine Gore
Larissa Lopez - The Mysterious Mystifying Game

Katie Farris

Thursday February 19, 2014
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Master Class. Bush Auditorium

Ryan Favata - Left Behind, Dancing
Ashley Alliano - Searching for Lies in Coffee
Rachel Gonzalez - One Night Visitation
Larissa Lopez - That Summer
Chris Sarafian - Flesh Sees Day
Rebecca Holcomb - Gate 23
Conor Albino - Onward, to Paradise


Amy Bloom

Thursday February 26, 2014
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Master Class. Bush Auditorium

Caroline Hunt - The Forest Within
Ashley Alliano - Underneath the Lemon Tree
Adrienne Barton - Fish Fingers
Robert Burrows - Looking for God in the Clouds
Rebecca Holcomb - The Unborn Secret
Conor Albino - Onward, to Paradise