I’m thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA program and will begin classes this summer. The program is four semesters, and I will continue to run my business without interruption. I look forward to seeing my own work grow for the first time in a long time, and to sharing the fruits of my experiences in the program with my clients in the upcoming years.
Tag: work in progress
I mentioned earlier that I’m giving this year the big, open-ended, grandiose designation of Project 2015. Mainly, it’s a reminder to me that every day is what you make of it, good or bad. You can pay attention to things that go wrong and stew in your worries, or you can wrap your arms around your … Read More »
It was a classic case of “be careful what you wish for,” and probably inevitable. At the end of last year, I wanted a couple of things. I wanted to get back into triathlon shape. I wanted my Arabic to be good enough to write academic papers in it. And I wanted to become a better writer–a … Read More »
As my monthly writing week winds down, and I find myself still struggling with scenes between my protagonist and antagonist, I wanted to share a few insights on what’s working, what’s not, and what I’ve learned in hopes that it will be helpful to at least one of you. I admire Lajos Egri’s book on … Read More »
At February’s San Miguel de Allende writer’s conference, agent Kathleen Anderson had some great advice for writers. One of the unexpected good fortunes to shake loose from the publishing industry’s layoffs is the sudden abundance of freelance editors for hire. Let me clarify exactly how good this is. There have always been lots of freelance … Read More »
Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack L. Goldsmith My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written accessibly by a Harvard law professor and one from Columbia, this is the kind of “new history” that should probably, soon, become an essential part of our standard education about the world. It explains how … Read More »
Since finishing SHAHIDA in April (and again in August), I’ve been researching the next novel. It is a low-level obsession, always at a simmer, which is how I know the idea has the staying-power to keep me interested in the project for the next two to three years. Still lacking an outline, or even a … Read More »
An update on SHAHIDA is long overdue, and like most things novelists say, requires context. The short of it is that I plan to have a complete draft by the end of March, and am hauling away loads of scaffolding–that is, what the Portland Dangerous Writers call those tedious passages of first-draft writing in which … Read More »
You might have seen my interview with Laura Stanfill a few weeks ago. This week, she returned the favor. Read her interview with me here.
Venue: A Agents: A Value: B+ The coffee: A+ Fellow writers: A+ Like the Backspace Writers Conference last May, this autumn’s Backspace Agent-Author Seminar was the shortest distance between two points: writers and literary agents. Two days of 15-member workshops and panels made for two nights of dead-exhausted sleep and sore feet, if you happened … Read More »