MFA Director to Teach at Mailer Writers' Colony

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
SNHU Communications Office


Contact: Gregg Mazzola                                                                               
Director of
Southern New Hampshire University                                                               




Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 13, 2009) – Robert Begiebing, director of the SNHU MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction has been invited to teach a week-long writers’ workshop entitled “Self-Editing For Fiction Writers” at The Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in May 2009.  Begiebing joins a distinguished group of eight invited faculty:  J. Michael Lennon (Mailer’s authorized biographer), Kaylie Jones (novelist and daughter of novelist James Jones), Douglas Brinkley (Professor of History at Rice University), Deborah Martinson (Professor of English at Occidental College), Veronica Windholz ( Editor at Viking Penguin), Christopher Ricks (Professor of Humanities at Boston University and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University), and Dick Fontaine (Director of the United Kingdom’s National Film and Television School). 

“I was of course honored to be asked to join such a renowned group,” Begiebing said in an interview.  “The directors of the Colony have thought of everything; they even provide private housing in Provincetown for instructors and spouses during the week of their workshops.  I’m looking forward to working with a highly motivated group of student writers from all over the country.”

The Mailer Colony was established after Norman Mailer’s death in 2007 to honor the Pulitzer Prize winner’s contributions to American culture and letters, and to nurture future generations of writers.  The colony also offers fellowships to writers and scholars; its offices and classrooms are housed in Mailer’s beautiful home on the water in Provincetown.  The Colony’s large endowment is supported by individual donors and by many institutions, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Playboy, Inc., Random House Publishing Group, and The Harry Ransom Center and the Michener Center at the University of Texas.  The Colony is directed by a distinguished board:  Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass, National Book Award winner Joan Didion, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Kennedy and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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