Category Archives: Johns Hopkins University

About My Last Workshop

Another installment…. When the book is published (I’ve decided to take an optimistic view), lots of teachers and students from Hopkins will be able to say that they helped me. I’d entered the program to work on Bad Luck Companion and I … Continue reading

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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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Trying to Make a Story “Literary”

The material that was the first chapter I submitted for the workshop was actually the first half of the last chapter of a previous draft of the book. The chapter was very dark: my main character had been wounded and … Continue reading

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Writing from Different Points of View

I didn’t find it necessary to tear down what other students had accomplished.  I’m too much of an optimist for that. Usually, I took note of how they’d successfully pulled off a technique so I could try it sometime.   My measure of … 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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A Workshop in Italy

For the summer of 2006, Hopkins decided to offer some workshops in Florence, Italy where the school owned a property, Villa Spelman.  The trip was too good to pass up even though I knew it would put undue stress on my … Continue reading

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Being Original

Check out this one on “saying it twice” by John Barth. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/do-i-repeat-myself/8572/

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Chapter 5-3 Can Writing Be Taught?

During my Contemporary Writers course, Jean McGarry had brought a spiral notebook that she used when she wrote one of her stories.  She’d made very few changes in the text from her original draft.  When I mentioned this to my … Continue reading

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Chapter 5 – Sentence Power

In my Sentence Power class, I experienced a lot of negative feelings. Isn’t that a cold way to put it! They made me feel like shit, okay? There were only a few fiction writers in the class and the rest … Continue reading

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