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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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No Tension?

The student who said there was no tension had been referring to a scene where my character’s grandpa explained why his wife had left him, an important set-up for something that happens later in the book. All of the information … 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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Catching up on Sewanee!

Things been humming here so I’m a bit behind. Fellows readings are always great. The day started that way yesterday and today – but an hour earlier today since there was such a busy schedule. Unfortunately, I missed todays because … Continue reading

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Ph.D Program at Utah

A new friend on Twitter – welcome Michael! – is going to this program in Utah. I really like the description of a creative writing degree with literature at the PhD level. I’ve actually been thinking about more school to … Continue reading

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First Full Day at Sewanee

They had a little tour of the campus this morning which I forego in favor of getting some writing work done but I greatly enjoyed the readings this morning by staff and fellows – John Casey had an extremely interesting … Continue reading

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Sorting Out the Comments

I found it easy to toss comments like “Why did the story take place in Iowa?” and “You had too much description.”  I should have known to throw out the comment, “How can you have the point of view character … Continue reading

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Graduate Writing Programs and Getting Published

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/25/literary-fiction-twelve-best-new-novelists   This is an interesting post from the Brits. About one-third of the newly published authors had attended a graduate writing program.  Mary

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Reading on July 12th

If anybody taking a look is around the Iowa City area, John Dalton will be doing a reading at Prairie Lights (go on upstairs) at 7 pm from his new book, The Inverted Forest.

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Chapter 3 – First Class – Part 4

In later classes, we analyzed stories by Tobias Wolff such as “Coming Attractions”, “Desert Breakdown”,  “The Rich Brother”, and “Soldiers Joy”. We talked about the structure of the stories in terms of both Freytag’s Pyramid and the narrative cycle theory … Continue reading

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