Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›
What an amazing weekend I had.
Last spring at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Minneapolis, I found myself at dinner with a group that included Jeanetta Mish, the director of the Red Earth MFA program in creative writing, which is a low-residency program based at Oklahoma City University. And then I found myself invited to visit the program and teach in the winter 2016 residency.
Which has just ended.
The class I led on Saturday afternoon is a staple that I’ve offered for MFA programs and writing conferences and centers many times in the past. “Writing What We Know: For Love and for Money” is essentially a mini-course on freelance writing within the specialty of “writing about writing,” whether that may mean assignments with writing-related publications and websites, or author interviews, book reviews, and other writing-focused content for a variety of venues.
I think that the class went well, but you’ll probably have to ask the students about that for confirmation. What I’m certain of is that the director has developed a simply wonderful program and community. If you’re considering low-residency MFA programs, do consider this one! Continue reading ›
First, the Good News
Last week brought a byline I’ve been working literally years to see.
As an avid reader and fan of Tablet magazine from its outset, I’ve sent submissions and/or pitches–essays, poems, book reviews–to various editors for a very long time. With no success (though with gracious and friendly responses).
Finally, my persistence yielded something more: a dispatch from a terrific literary event—a celebration of Anzia Yezierska’s classic novel Bread Givers—that I attended last Wednesday evening.