We are back! We have not had an in-person, normal residency since January 2020. I cannot wait to meet those of you I have only met online. This email is full of helpful info for the week of the residency. But I’m always available if you have any questions. ~ Anne Hurne
First topic – the weather. August in Georgia is notorious for being incredibly hot and humid. Before you pack, take a quick look at the weather. You will still need to bring a sweater, hoodie, or suit jacket because the air conditioning is very powerful in the Journalism building classrooms. You will be sitting still for a long time, and that heat from outside goes away quickly.
Opening Dinner: Please remember that our opening dinner is only for students, faculty, staff and guest speakers. We want to get together to meet and greet. You are more than welcome to bring family and friends to the graduation ceremony. Thank you for understanding.
We will have the opening dinner at Wall and Broad. We will have the van bring everyone back and forth. Please be ready to be picked up at the Hotel Indigo around 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Here is the address in case you are going to drive yourself or even walk: 345 E. Broad St. (upstairs). If you’d like, the weather will probably be nice and walking won’t be an issue. It is a short walk from the hotel.
Printing needs: If you need me to print anything, send it before you get here. Make sure you have done all of your updates and revisions BEFORE you send it for printing. Make sure you tell me how many copies you need me to print.
How are we getting back and forth to campus? We will have a UGA van and the Hotel Indigo shuttle at the Hotel Indigo every morning starting at 7:45 a.m. We will make back and forth runs to the Journalism building until everyone has arrived. Anyone who is a part of the residency can park in the Hotel Indigo parking lot whether you are staying there or not. (Do not park across the tiny street from the entrance to the Hotel Indigo, because it is not their parking lot.)
In the evening, we will have the same van available to shuttle people back to the Hotel Indigo. Please note there are going to be almost 60 students and 12 faculty members, so you might have to wait a few minutes to catch the next shuttle.
The shuttle will not run otherwise unless there is an emergency. We must reserve the van for our special guest speakers and faculty. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in advance.
Parking on campus at the Tate Student Center is $10 per day.
Lunch: There is a bus route called the Arch Express that can drive you from here to downtown Athens. I highly suggest downloading the UGA app to track the buses. I use it all the time and can walk you through it. There is a ton of restaurants in the downtown Athens area. Google search: downtown Athens restaurants, and on the map find The Arch. That is the stop you want for downtown. There is a wide range of restaurants.
Breakfast: Monday through Friday, we will have platters of food from Jason’s Deli including breakfast sandwiches, pastries and fruit. There will also be coffee, juice and tea. That will be available on the 4th floor study area in the Journalism building starting at 8 a.m.
BRING A WATER BOTTLE: There will not be bottled water available, so make sure to grab a water container with a lid for yourself. There are wonderful filtered water dispensers on each floor of the building.
COVID protocols for UGA: We strongly encourage you get vaccinated to protect everyone. No one is going to look at you funny if you feel like you want to mask up. See the UGA Coronavirus website for more details.
Please join us Monday, August 1 for a short celebration of life in memory of Valerie Boyd. The remembrance starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Forum.
View pictures from our Fall 2021 Residency:
MFA Author Discussion
2021 MFA Convocation
Featured Speakers for Fall 2022 Screenwriting Residency
Ann Marie Allison/Jenna Milly
This BFF writing duo focuses on feature comedies with strong lady leads. Their brand of funny comes in the form of powerful women who aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves. Ann Marie & Jenna wrote and executive produced the feature comedy “Golden Arm” starring Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. The film sits on Rotten Tomatoes coveted “100% Certified Fresh” list and is streaming on Amazon Prime and HBO. Their all-night caper comedy “It’s Wednesday Night” is set up at Netflix and their Golden Girls-esque comedy at Amazon Studios is out to cast with Joselyn Moorhouse at the helm to direct. Their writing has been called “gender bending” and “anarchic, subtly hilarious” by the Wall Street Journal and got them on AustinFilm Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” list for 2021. Ann Marie and Jenna are represented by Verve Agency, Zero Gravity Management and Linda Lichter at Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.
Brian Egeston is just as comfortable in a drama writers’ room as he is in a comedy writers’ room and holed up in room alone penning a feature. After six published novels, an award-winning stint as a sports editor in Atlanta and serving as an NPR commentator, Brian set his sights on writing TV. He broke into the industry as a staff writer for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and after one season, he was brought back as head writer. In less than three years at TBS, Brian worked as a writer on 192 episodes and three series (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse). He lead two writing teams and was nominated for the Movieguide Faith & Values Award. He was also head writer for the first season of Bounce Network’s Uptown Comedy Live, the Rickey Smiley TV Show on Comcast and Mann & Wife. The network then brought him on to help develop their first one- hour drama Saints & Sinners, which broke network ratings during its premiere. Brian is now fully immersed in one-hour dramas after writing for the inaugural season of The Quad on BET. The episode Brian penned was the highest rated of the season.
Jade-Addon Hall is the vice president of current series at Lionsgate TV. His present slate includes The Power Universe, Run the World, Step Up and Heels all on STARZ. As well as Welcome to Flatch on FOX and development for the critically acclaimed 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah Jones, Harpo and the New York Times.
Jade is known for his work previously at BET, helping to launch BET+, and shepherding multiple shows including Twenties, with Lena Waithe. He also previously developed multiple series at Disney Channel and Disney XD. Hailing from Hillside, New Jersey, he is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, holding a BA in Psychology and an MFA in Television Radio and Film. In 2021, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Los Angeles, raising a quarter of a million dollars for cancer survivors and research.
Featured Speakers for Fall 2022 Nonfiction Residency
KaToya Ellis Fleming is an assistant professor of publishing arts at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington and editor at Lookout Books. She was previously in residence in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the 2019–20 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in narrative nonfiction from the University of Georgia and is currently at work on “Finding Frank,” a bibliomemoir. Her work focuses on race and culture in the American South and has appeared in Oxford American, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.
Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Her journalism and short fiction have appeared in newspapers, magazines and journals across the United States, in Finland and in Australia. Her fiction has been published in South Carolina Review, North Dakota Quarterly and elsewhere, and her nonfiction has been anthologized and also published in the Chicago Tribune, TriQuarterly, Brevity.blog, Siirtolaisuus (Turku, Finland), Ascent, Blue River Review, and many other places. She has won many national awards for her journalism and her short fiction. Hertzel is the author of three books, including “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist,” winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., and is past president of the National Book Critics Circle.
Alex Kotlowitz is the author of four books, including his most recent, An American Summer, which received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. His first book, the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. The Other Side of the River received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. Alex’s work has regularly appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. His documentary work includes The Interrupters, for which he received a Film Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. His other honors include two Peabodys, a George Polk Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his books and journalism which “illuminate astonishing national inequities through the lens of individual experience.” Alex is a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He and his wife, Maria, live in Chicago.
Danielle McGuire, PhD, is an award-winning historian, public speaker and author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lillian Smith Book Award. She is the recipient of the Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history. Her Journal of American History article, “It was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle,” won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best essay in southern women’s history and was reprinted in the Best Essays in American History. McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on PBS, CNN, MSNBC and Headline News, among others. Her popular essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine, among others. She serves as a consultant on documentary films such as The Rape of Recy Taylor and You Belong to Me: The Ruby McCollum Story.
Natalie Moore is a reporter of race, class and communities at WBEZ Chicago. Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang” and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.” Natalie is a playwright and she athors a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony and the Chicago Reporter, among others. She has been honored with several awards including the 2017 recipient of Chicago Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award in 2010 for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Kamille D. Whittaker is managing editor of Atlanta magazine and co-founder of Canopy Atlanta, where she directs the Fellowship program. Previously, she served as staff writer and associate editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Atlanta Daily World. In addition to her journalistic work, Whittaker instructs students in Mercer University’s Academic Resource Center and Online Writing Lab. She is an ’05 graduate of Howard University and a ‘21 graduate of UGA’s MFA program in Narrative Nonfiction.
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