Category Archives: writing life

Lessons from Playwriting

Nancy Toomey, fellow fiction mfa student, and I are taking Principles of Playwriting at NJIT, with six undergraduates whose majors range from directing to management information systems. Playwriting is a very particular craft, broken down into its component parts by … Continue reading

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Check out Newark–Dodge Poetry Festival

Any mention of Newark in the New York Times catches my eye. Wednesday an article about the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival touted Newark’s burgeoning cultural scene, “evidenced by established cultural institutions like Newark Symphony Hall and the Newark Museum, … Continue reading

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Blogs by writers we love!

Wonderful news, folks: Alice Eliott Dark has started a blog! You can check out her latest post on inspiration here. Of course, no Alice blog would be complete without a little Flaubert; I highly recommend her thoughts on his description. … Continue reading

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The MFA Chronicles, or Spying on Other Programs

Whether you’re already in a program, preparing your apps, or just thinking about an MFA, you might be interested in this collection of posts by current MFAers around the country.  Especially if you’re competitive, like me.  At The MFA Chronicles, … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July! Some prompts to get you feeling patriotic (or not)

Okay, so maybe I’m hitting that mid-summer slump, or it might be that the 110 degree California heat is draining more than just my sweat glands, but I’ve been resorting to ridiculous and constructed methods for getting my lazy, procrastinating, … Continue reading

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Dickson Lam on VONA 2010

R-N fiction (errr, memoir?) MFAer, and my stellar office buddy/ bay area cohort, Dickson Lam, is back from week 1 of the VONA Voices Workshop, which took place June 20th-26th on the beautiful University of San Francisco campus. Put on by Voices of … Continue reading

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Exercises From People Who Write Good

It’s hard to find time to experiment with your writing while pursuing your MFA. All free moments are spent writing and refining material that will hopefully culminate in your thesis. Workshop is the place to put up your strongest or … Continue reading

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