writing workshops at the wyoming girls’ school

Carly Fraysier (non-fiction), Randall Tyrone (poetry) and Maria Anderson (fiction) are leading three writing workshops this semester at the Wyoming Girls’ School in Sheridan. They have put together a collection of short stories, poems, and essays for the girls to read and will facilitate, hopefully, some enlightening discussions. Carly and Randall already headed up (all 300 miles) this past week for the first workshop and shared some pictures of their stay in Sheridan (UW is grateful to the Ucross Foundation (http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/) for gifting the students with some “plush” (as Carly put it) lodging):

Carly Fraysier at Ucross.

Carly Fraysier at Ucross.

Randall Tyrone being picturesque in the snowy wilderness.

Randall Tyrone being picturesque in the snowy wilderness.

It’s a great opportunity to run writing workshops at the Wyoming Girls’ School and these students are BOSS for taking advantage of it. Onward and upward class of 2016.

-A.

A Most Glorious Laramie Autumn

It is the end of October and it is still a lovely 70 degrees outside. This is unbelievable (at least to me). I am pretty sure last year this time it was already freezing. The Aspen and Cottonwoods managed to remain orange and yellow for a lot longer. A few of us decided to hike the Sheep Mountain Trail an hour outside of town.

Nick Mangigian and Olivia Wall.

Nick Mangigian and Olivia Wall.

-A.

MFA Student Reading Series #2

Come join us for the second MFA student reading series of the semester! Korie Johnson (’15) will be reading fiction, Olivia Wall (’15) will be reading poetry, and Mannasseh Franklin (’15) will be reading nonfiction. MFA alum Jason Burge will sing and play guitar. It will be beautiful.

mfa reading 2

Joy Williams’ Cabin in Centennial

Each year novelist and faculty member Joy Williams invites the cohort to her cabin in Centennial, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful drive 30 short miles west on WYO 130 and a real privilege to be given the opportunity to have a more intimate setting with her. Here are some pictures from our lovely day:

Carly Fraysier, Ella Fishman, Erin Jones, Elijah Johnson, Nick Mangigian, and Trey Williams.

Carly Fraysier, Ella Fishman, Erin Jones, Elijah Johnson, Nick Mangigian, and Trey Williams.

Professors Harvey Hix, Joy Williams and Jeff Lockwood.

Professors Harvey Hix, Joy Williams and Jeff Lockwood.

Nick Mangigian, Elijah Johnson, and Dominick Duhamel.

Nick Mangigian, Elijah Johnson, and Dominick Duhamel.

Sofi Thanhauser.

Sofi Thanhauser.

-A

Art Museum Gala

Fortunately for the cohort this year the MFA program bought a table for the Art Museum Gala held at the University of Wyoming ballroom. It’s a swanky event-  ladies got the chance to get dolled up and the boys got a chance to put on a suit (a rare occurrence in Laramie, Wyoming (where the culture prizes jeans and boots and cowboy hats)). But the really exciting thing is how much money the Gala is able to raise (through auctioning art (which two members of the cohort bought!) by local artists amongst other things) to support the art museum’s outreach programs.

Here’s a few shots:

Jess White, Erica Wood, Jeff tatay, Carly Fraysier, Ella Fishman, Erin Jones, and Maria Anderson.

Jess White, Erica Wood, Jeff tatay, Carly Fraysier, Ella Fishman, Erin Jones, and Maria Anderson.

Auesta Safi, Erica Wood, and Olivia Wall.

Auesta Safi, Erica Wood, and Olivia Wall.

-A.