Please join us at on Sunday, October 2nd at 7 pm for the first annual Writers on Water Dinner and Auction at The Top Hat. Your ticket, which is partially tax deductible, will help support a new generation of writers enrolled in The University of Montana MFA program, one of the premier writing programs in the world. The evening includes dinner, cocktails, and the opportunity to meet many literary luminaries.

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Why Your Support Will Make a Difference

Like many universities, the UofM has experienced severe budget cuts that severely impacted the Creative Writing Department. The Writers on Water Dinner and Auction, which also takes place on the final evening of www.hooksforbooks.org, supports those shortfalls to build a new generation of writers.

UofM’s Creative Writing Program is one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious, with an international reputation. Founded in 1920, it began offering one of the first M.F.A. degrees in 1966, and has boasted such iconic Western writers as Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, Judy Blunt, James Lee Burke, Rick DiMarinis, and William Kittredge, while hosting Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Jorie Graham, and literary luminaries David James Duncan, Jess Walter, Susan Cheever, Barry Lopez, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey, and dozens of others.

Graduates have become essential voices in literature and the arts. Most recently, Stephanie Land’s best-selling book Maid was adapted into a hit Netflix television series. Andrew Sean Greer’s book Less was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Emily Danforth’s novel Plain Bad Heroines was named the best Book of the Year by The Washington Post. Kim Barnes memoir was shortlisted for the Pulitzer. Robert Wrigley’s ten books of poetry have been awarded Pushcart Awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship. James Welch, who both attended and taught in the M.F.A. program, was the preeminent Native American author of seven books. His first novel, Winter in the Blood was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. Fools Crow won the American Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. And now we look forward to helping create a new generation of writers. We appreciate the support offered by Hooks for Books contestants to continue this important legacy of literature.