Category Archives: Graduate Writing Programs

New Fiction Workshop

In my last post I explained how I started this blog with material from my diary called Surviving a Graduate Writing Program.  The saga continues…. This workshop was comprised of seasoned students. Five of them I knew, three from previous … Continue reading

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Going Back to Graduate School

If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I received my MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Having some distance has given me some perspective as well as helped me understand that writing programs have a hard … Continue reading

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Workshopping In Florence

Jean and Alice alternated their sessions. Each teacher held a workshop on one of our submissions and both talked about craft issues. Jean started each session with a craft discussion and Alice integrated craft issues into our discussions about each … Continue reading

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Poets and Writers Mag – MFA Nation

If you’re looking at writing schools, you won’t want to miss the September/October issue of PW. The magazine’s theme this month is MFA Nation and they rank the schools in this issue. This year, they also discuss not enrolling in an MFA and note writers who have been successful … Continue reading

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Second Workshop

My first workshop wasn’t what I’d hoped for.  Maybe I misinterpreted my teacher’s actions.  I would like to think so.  My desire to write was still intact; three decades had given me a stronger ego.  I knew that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Guess I’ll Never Know

The setting for my first mystery was an imaginary place called Bridgeton, Maryland that included my memories of the Catholic Church in Prescott,Wisconsin, with some variations of course; the steep streets of Missouri Valley, Iowa; and a street in downtown … Continue reading

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The Light Turned Red

I had lots of ideas about how the story could be expanded into a book.  I ended up with something that I would describe as more a vignette than a full-blown story because anything else would have made the story … Continue reading

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