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Creative Writing MFA Open House September 23 Paired with First Manhattan Writers Speak

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Susan Minot

Susan Minot, whose first book, Monkeys, won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger, will be the first guest in the fall Manhattan Writers Speak series of free author talks and readings open to the public.

Following a fall Open House for prospective MFA in Creative Writing candidates at 6 pm, Minot will read from her work and enter into a conversation with Stony Brook Southampton faculty member and former New Yorker fiction editor Dan Menaker on Monday, September 23, at 7 pm at Stony Brook Southampton’s Manhattan site on East 27th Street.

Prior to Minot’s reading, the fall Open House will offer prospective students a chance to speak with faculty, students and staff about workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and more, all taught by distinguished working writers.

Faculty and students will also answer questions about combining course work in Manhattan and Southampton and the new one-year Children’s Lit Fellows program for those interested in writing for younger readers. For more information about the Open House or to RSVP, email Adrienne Unger@stonybrook.edu or call (631) 632-5030.

The fall Manhattan Writers Speak series will be presented in an open classroom format, following the curriculum of the “Uses of Affliction: Reading and Writing Illness” course co-taught by Daniel Menaker and Manhattan Track Coordinator Magdalene Brandeis.

The first reader in the series, Susan Minot, has also received an O. Henry Prize and a Pushcart Prize for her writing. In addition to Monkeys, she is the author of Lust and Other Stories, Folly: A Novel, Evening, and Rapture. She also co-authored two screenplays that have been made into films: “Stealing Beauty” (1996) with director Bernardo Bertolucci, and “Evening” (2007) based on her novel of the same name and written with Michael Cunningham.

Other writers scheduled for the series include Daniel Menaker, September 30; New York Times editor and writer Katherine Bouton, October 14; journalist, author and science writer Robin Marantz Henig, October 21; author Rita Charon, October 28; and author Fenton Johnson, November 18.

Manhattan Writers Speak programs are free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 pm on the third floor of 110-113 East 27th Street.

For more information, call (631) 632-5030, email southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu, or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa or Facebook.

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