I loved sitting down with my friends and podcasting veterans, Chris Koslowski and Justin Brouckaert, to talk about the recent Association of Writers & Writers Programs (AWP) Conference in Minneapolis. Have a listen (here) for tips, highlights, faux pas, etc. Several shout-outs included!
“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
I have been in graduate school for the better part of the past three-and-a-half years with a year-long break, which I spent abroad. Much of my studying has focused on the genre of memoir: reading it, writing it, talking about it. I’ve always enjoyed reading within this genre and a few years ago it somehow came about that I was writing a book-length memoir of my own. I’ve taken many “breaks” from that bigger project to work on smaller, essay-length memoir pieces.
It was about this time two years ago that I was in the thick of MFA applications. Cohorts are small and spots are coveted. Some people go through two or three application cycles before finally ending up somewhere. For those of you who might be touching up your writing sample and finalizing your list of schools as I write, here are a few things I learned: