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Rejected from Iowa, But in a "It's Not You, It's Me" Kind of Way

In his guide to the craft / memoir, On Writing, Stephen King discusses the art of coping with rejection. Eventually, after piles and piles of stock letters and advice no more specific or helpful than to stop stapling his manuscripts, he begins to receive handwritten notes attached to these letters. 269 more words


MFA in Creative Nonfiction

Well, looks like my social life will be nonexistent come August with working full time and now this. Could not be happier!

The Hands On Festival Returns to New Orleans!

Dear readers,

This is exciting: Jeni Stewart, the director of Burlesque Press, is about to announce the second Hands On Festival and Masquerade Ball. Like last year, the festival will take place over New Year's Eve, culminating in a masked ball. 214 more words

On Writing

And I’m from the murder capital where they murder for capital

Back when I was a mushroom getting my MFA, there was a woman in my workshop who dazzled. She wasn’t taller than everyone, she only seemed that way.

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A Path of a Different Color

I have never had a five-year plan.

All my plans, after all, failed. My chosen college was too expensive. My decision to go into counseling was—very clearly now—a wrong one, which is why I backed out of the program. 767 more words

Acting is weird, acting school is weirder.

Last week was the last week of school. I lost my voice. It turns out I had (have) bronchitis, tonsillitis, and a sinus infection. I got through our Friday performance of Richard III like a hoarse mother fucker. 169 more words