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Tips and Tasks for your MFA Program Application: May

This post is part of an ongoing series to help you through the MFA application process. You might also want to read March and April’s posts. May’s tasks: Make a list of what’s important to you in a school. Keep in … Continue reading

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Tips and Tasks for your MFA Program Application: March

    Being a student in an MFA program is a rewarding experience, but it wasn’t easy to get here. I applied to different schools and for a few years before being accepted. On my journey I learned some things … Continue reading

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The Post-MFA Funk

Finding myself in the post-MFA (if only by a few days), I was pleased to stumble on this article on my Facebook feed – it’s ok to be worried about the writing life, and it’s possible to get through the … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Ali Berman

From “Because Your Partner Asked You To” by Ali Berman in Puerto del Sol, Vol. 47, No.2: Because your partner asked you to, you will schedule another MRI and see another doctor. You won’t stall making the appointment even though … Continue reading

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The Questions We Write To

Implicit in everything from the National Book Awards to James Wood’s How Fiction Works to the workshop down the hall to the worst how-to writing book with its pedantic rules (no naming names) is the assumption that we all mean … Continue reading

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Surviving, and Thriving, in the Long-Distance Thing

(with collaboration from Stephen Cleboski) When I was applying to and preparing for MFA programs, I checked out The Creative Writing MFA Handbook by Tom Kealey, and one of the pieces of advice was this: if you are in a … Continue reading

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Making the Literature Class Work for You

At NMSU, like many MFA programs, we have a literature requirement. The reasoning is that we should be able to place our work within the context of writing that has come before us and learn to recognize, and thus make … Continue reading

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The Case for Conferences

I’ve spent the past couple weeks agonizing over word choice and grammatical structure in AWP panel proposals (due today! But if you forget, that’s ok – less competition for me and mine…). The question that’s been put to me, with … Continue reading

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