Author Archives: Michael

Jim Shepard: The Importance of Being a Teacher

On May 6, One Story, at its annual Debutante Ball honored Jim Shepard with its mentor of the year award. Accepting the award, Jim gave an inspiring speech about what teaching means to him, and why he puts so much … Continue reading

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Reptile House Sidewind Across America Tour

I saw Dani and Michael today at AWP in Minneapolis and they told me to blog the Reptile House Sidewind Across America Tour. Since I always do what they say, I’m starting now. I will be crashing on Sirenlander couches … Continue reading

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The 2015 Sirenland Fellow is…..

The Sirenland Writers Conference, along with Literary Affairs, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Sirenland Literary Affairs Fellowship: Mia Alvar. Mia  was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her work has … Continue reading

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The 2014 Sirenland Fellow is….

Scott Cheshire has been named the  Sirenland Literary Affairs Fellow for 2014.  He earned his MFA from Hunter College. He is the interview editor at the Tottenville Review and teaches writing at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. His work has … Continue reading

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Images from Sirenland 2012

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Sirenland Covered in the Financial Times

If you’ve been to Sirenland or are thinking of applying, you’ll want to read this article in The Financial Times.  It speaks for itself.   Tweet

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Susan Orlean to Teach at Sirenland 2012

The faculty roster for Sirenland 2012 is now set.  Dani Shapiro will be teaching for the sixth year, while Jim Shepard will be returning for the fourth time. They will be joined by Susan Orlean, who will be teaching a … Continue reading

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Sirenland 2011 (the video)

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The Sirenland Mug(s)

This is the official Sirenland coffee mug; it’s handmade in Positano, and every one of them is unique. (I know, because I compared them all.) The design is based on the original drawing by world famous and highly controversial illustrator … Continue reading

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Sirenland 2011 Slideshow

This slideshow is a work in progress.  We’ll be adding new photos every day. Double click the image viewer to get to larger images.     Tweet

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