Over the past five years, I’ve been writing advice for MFA applicants. Here’s my latest post and links to more.
How I spent my Labor Day sending out submissions.
Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Trethewey’s memoir recounts her life with her mother and her odyssey to understand her mother’s murder at the hands of her stepfather. It is an exploration of memory and of the narratives we tell about our lives to make some senseContinue reading “Book Review: Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey”
A little rant about emails with false or misleading subjects. I just got one with the subject line “Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The message went on to say that Justice Ginsburg would not be confirmed by the Senate today. On the one hand, that’s undoubtedly true. Mitch McConnell, the true subject of the email, probably wouldn’tContinue reading “Why I Delete Click Bait”
Remember all those pictures of kids on their first day of school? The pictures may be a little different this year. Yesterday was the first class day at Mississippi University for Women, where I have taught for 26 years, and though campus was abuzz with activity (at least compared to being a ghost-town during quarantineContinue reading “First Day of School”
I’d like to thank Alan Squire Publishing @alansquirepub for their thoughtful rejection of my book. I mean it, and here’s why.
This summer WordPress.com announced a new feature that seemed promising. I tried it, but I don’t think it will work for me. Here’s why. I use WordPress Personal, and have always had the option to upgrade to WordPress Premium in order to do sales. The problem is, all I want to sell are a fewContinue reading “WordPress Payments Block — Promising, Yet No Thanks.”
Here’s a recipe for fresh figs sautéed with eggplant over tomato-basil risotto.
This morning, I had a thought. And despite my title, it wasn’t about starting a typical book club. As the first day of classes looms and work on syllabi is delayed by work on finding classrooms for face-to-face classes where they can be socially distanced and other unusual tasks that have occupied the summer andContinue reading “Note to Self: Start a Book Club”
In our low-residency MFA program, we have developed an alternative to traditional workshops that I like to think of as “Whole Writer Workshops.” These are workshops that follow up on the ones we do during the semester which are more or less traditional, depending on who’s teaching. During our summer full residency, we look atContinue reading “Whole Writer Workshops”