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Since graduation [Oct. 16th, 2011|06:28 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |curiouscurious]

It's been awhile since anyone has posted here! For those of you who are finished with your program, how has it impacted your life since you've graduated? Do you still write and submit work on a regular basis? Have any of you found jobs in academia or publishing? Have any of you gotten a book published?
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stegner stuff [Nov. 13th, 2009|01:52 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

zenithblue
Any of you crazy kids getting Stegner applications together?

How are we all feeling?
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My Future as an MFA gradute [Nov. 24th, 2008|12:20 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |curiouscurious]

I've been looking into my future.

Three possibilities: Apply for fellowships, apply for random adjunct creative writing teaching positions (what are my odds with no publications?), apply to teach English in a foreign country (preferably somewhere tropical like coastal Colombia for example, do I need to know the language spoken in the country I teach in?).

I have loads of questions concerning all of these possibilities. Do any of you know anything about these? Have any of you had experience dealing with any of these? I'd be grateful for any advice.

Those of you who already have your MFA--what did you do once you graduated?

Thanks guys.
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October [Oct. 2nd, 2008|04:46 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |accomplished]

October now, how is the fall semester/quarter treating everyone?

I just finished my thesis! It's a pretty exciting semester for me, also my last.
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Reed Magazine call for submissions [Sep. 9th, 2008|06:25 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |working]

I'm currently working on the editorial staff of Reed Magazine (the student run literary journal for SJSU) and we are now accepting submissions for our spring 2009 issue.

We publish fiction(short stories only), poetry, creative non-fiction, and artwork.
If you want to submit something for consideration go to:

www.reedmag.org

We only accept on-line submissions. Word count and all that info is on the website. Deadline is November 1st 2008.

Pass this along to your writer and artist friends as well. We also have a fiction and poetry contest you might be interested in. Info on the website.
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Character question [Sep. 9th, 2008|12:35 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |curiouscurious]

If you've ever used friends as characters (fictionalized versions of themselves), do you tell them? If you were going to submit your book to agents for publication, would you give your friends a heads-up that they were characters in your book or would you just hold out and see if they recognize themselves? Just curious what you think. Thanks guys.
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Literary Journals [May. 18th, 2008|05:29 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

blueframboise
I'm a recent undergrad interested in applying to an MFA program next fall. Does anyone know of any good literary journals or magazines and other publications that would accept submissions from people who don't have an MFA? And what are the odds of a recent undergrad being published in these types of journals? Would I just be wasting my time?
Thanks!
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Publishing [Mar. 25th, 2008|05:15 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
Have any of you been published in a literary journal or magazine? If so, which ones? Do any of you have agents for your novel or collection? If so, how did you go about finding your agent?

Thanks!
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To stimulate discussion! [Feb. 16th, 2008|01:40 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

no_no_
[mood |curiouscurious]

Do you guys think that your MFA program has made you a better writer? Do you think that your writing style has changed because of it? How much do you let your professors and fellow students influence your writing? Do you think that MFA programs tend to inhibit writers from becoming great writers?

I'm just curious. :)
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Five Stages of Workshop Recovery [Feb. 6th, 2008|03:47 pm]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls

zenithblue
You know how there's supposed to be five stages of grief? Lately I've been thinking about my inevitable reactions to workshopping my fiction and it occurs to me that there's something of an analogy, that you have to process through different emotional reactions before you can get anything useful out of a workshop. I don't know if this will be useful to anybody here but I sure do need to be reminded of this stuff from time to time. Does it jibe with your experience? Do you go through different stages? Or are you a perfectly balanced workshopping machine?

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