Image: Daniel Orth In September, phones all over SoCal lit up with the same message, the bios for the new admits were up. By ourselves and in small groups, we plugged the link for our MFA program into our browsers. We held our faces close to our laptop screens to better see every freckle, smile… Continue reading First Years versus Second Years
Year Two is off to a hectic start! Over the summer I led a memoir workshop for the Inlandia Institute, which was very successful and there should be a part two on the horizon. My work with the Inlandia Institute led to an opportunity to lead a "Writer in Conversation" event with Laila Lalami (her… Continue reading Year Two
My first year as an MFA graduate student wrapped up the first week of June and I've spent the last 3 weeks or so traveling (Portland for the first time! Little sister's last-minute wedding! Escape-the-Heat trips to LA!). Now that I'm back home with no other plans this summer, I'm feeling overwhelmed by all the… Continue reading 1 Year Down, 1 To Go!
Last month I enrolled in a literary review course led by Tom Lutz, EIC of the Los Angeles Review of Books. I had never written a literary review, but enrolled in the class because I felt it was a valuable skill to have as a writer. As it turns out, I enjoyed writing reviews. At… Continue reading MFA, What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Whew. Y'all I have survived the first two quarters of my MFA Years. I have to make it through Spring quarter and then from mid-June to October I am on one hella long summer break before I begin my second (and likely, final) year. So, what keeps me up at night? ***WARNING: WHINING AHEAD***: Being… Continue reading MFA Challenges