Category Archives: MFA in Writing

Completing my MFA; Entering the Void

Normally, by this point in the school week, I would have long since written the requisite blog post for my Immersion in Publishing class. This week, however, I’ve been dragging my heels. When I paused to assess the reason for … Continue reading

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#AWP17 Conference Report — Kim MacQueen on “Digital Pedagogy for Beginners”

Originally posted on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:
#AWP17 Panel: F124. Digital Pedagogy for Beginners Description: From podcasts to Twitter essays to .gif novels, digital storytelling is on the rise. This panel is aimed at instructors interested in experimenting…

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#AWP17 Conference Report — Heidi Fettig Parton on “The Craft of Empathy”

Originally posted on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:
#AWP17 Panel Report: F151 The Craft of Empathy Description: Writing with empathy in mind, especially in nonfiction, can create texture in our work and be transformative for both writer and reader.…

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Timeline Math: How Endings Begin

I like “timeline” math. It’s really the only kind of math I enjoy. Here’s an example of how it works: I zero in on a number, like my youngest son’s age. He’s lived seven and a half years, as of … Continue reading

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More Writer Angst: Writing the Foxtail Farm Winter CSA Profile

Prior to my interview with Paul and Chris Burkhouse, owners of Foxtail Farm Winter CSA, I volunteered on their farm for a day, packing boxes. To pack these boxes, we formed a conveyer line of people, adding vegetables in a … Continue reading

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Indie Bookstores, Part II: Stingy with Sexy at Milkweed Books

In Part One of my blog post on indie bookstores, I mentioned having recently visited Milkweed Books. Milkweed Books is housed on the first floor of Open Book, the same literary arts space where Milkweed Editions and The Loft Literary … Continue reading

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Outside Writerly Longing

On September 30, 2016, I was privileged to spend time with the Editorial Director of Beacon Press (“Beacon”), Gayatri Patnaik, via a phone interview. Patnaik has been at Beacon for fourteen years. Speaking with Patnaik brought me back to some of my … Continue reading

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