Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Nice Surprise #1

I was elated when, last November, Cathryn Hankla accepted my poem “Fighting Words” for The Hollins Critic.

But I had no idea when, exactly, the poem would be published. So it was a nice surprise to arrive home the other day and discover a thick envelope containing a set of contributor copies. (And, yes, a check!)

Nice Surprise #2

Then, I received a wholly unexpected email from another editor informing me that a poem I’d sent long ago (and had frankly assumed had been rejected) is about to be published. As in–tomorrow. (Yes, I’ll share it. Stay tuned.)

Nice Surprise #3

Finally, I ran across this item in one of the e-newsletters I receive. This one wasn’t a total shock–the same instructor has offered the same course before. But there was still something quite unexpected in the encounter with my own name and book as I read through the announcement:

If you happen to be interested in the course, it’s happening in DC, and you can find more details here.

18 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Lisa Romeo says:

    Yay for you and all that good news! Well deserved. (P.S. I’m teaching your “Lucky Day” essay next week.)

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Aw, thank you, Lisa!

  2. Erwin K. Roberts says:

    What an excellent week! Wish I had your get-up-n-go!

  3. Awesome and thanks

  4. Leah Hughes says:

    Here’s to good surprises!

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  5. Congratulations, Erika! It’s heartening to hear good news, especially when you share so much to give others so many opportunities to get their work out there.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, Nancy. That’s very kind of you!

  6. Congratulations! What a lovely cluster of well-earned surprises!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you!

  7. Such good news – especially that last bit! There’s nothing like seeing teachers use your work with students!

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  8. Mindy Portnoy says:

    Erika—Thanks for mentioning my class! I will be teaching at least two of your stories on May 3rd. I also look forward to your emails every day. I’m always so impressed by how much work you do!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much!

  9. Sarah Stone says:

    Congratulations, Erika! How lovely! Makes my day to see this.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      So sweet of you, Sarah. Many, many thanks!

  10. Amy Yelin says:

    Awesome Erika! Congrats!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much, Amy.

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