Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick things:
1. A little back-to-school gift:
Yes, that’s right. I don’t quite know how I’ve done it, but there’s now an updated list of 75 low-residency (or fully online) MFA programs available on this website.
I wish that I could promise you that I would soon tackle a much-needed update of a companion page (regarding funding in the low-res setting). But I honestly have no idea when that’s going to happen. However, if you’re aware of noteworthy changes in that realm, I hope that you’ll add a comment on that page.
2. On a somber note: Today marks a terribly sad anniversary. It was on September 5, 1972, that “eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking nine hostages. In the ensuing battle, all nine Israeli hostages were killed, as were five of the terrorists and one policeman.”
One of the short stories in my collection Quiet Americans, “Homecomings,” unfolds against the backdrop of that searing historical event. The story itself isn’t available online, but I’ve written a bit about it in this essay. (I’ve also contributed a review of a book titled Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games, to the Jewish Review of Books, but that one is paywalled.)
In any case, it’s always important to me to take some time, on this day, to think of those Israeli athletes—and the German policeman.
3. In-Progress. Typically, I check in with my “accountability buddy” on Tuesdays. So I sent her my weekly update yesterday. But since then, I’ve realized that I have even more tasks to account for than I managed to list via email! I’d better get back to work. Pronto!
What’s new with your writing practice?