MONTPELIER, VT: At 8:45 am I will give a one-hour lecture on creative writing craft, part of my graduation requirements in my MFA in Writing with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Assuming that goes well, I will receive my diploma during our graduation ceremony this afternoon. At this 10-day residency, I have also given a 20-minute reading from my memoir-in-progress, read a ribald prose poem at a late-night renegade reading, and forced my classmates to listen to me sing a 2-minute song at our talent show.
In twelve hours, car packed, I will leave Montpelier.
I’ve been blogging from VCFA my last four residencies. I’ve written about my MFA journey even earlier than that, dating back to before I began the program in June of 2011. I have done this in part because many people are curious about the MFA process. I know I was. It was something I had wanted to pursue for twenty years, but I kept telling myself I couldn’t. It took two decades to stop making excuses.
This has been a life-changing experience, and I have no regrets about pursuing it. I know the next question some people will have is “How do you feel now that you have earned an MFA?” Another question is “What will you do next?” The latter one is a bit easier–continue to write and continue to live life–but the former one is more challenging. I need some perspective, some time to absorb what I have experienced the last two years.
I will return to this question at some point on this blog. It may be in a few weeks, it could be a few months. I know I’ll be mulling answers in my head with some regularity, and Artist’s Road readers know I’m not shy about mulling questions on this blog.
In the meantime, you can search for “MFA Nugget” on this blog to see what I have provided over the last two years. Thank you for reading, and for your support.
ADDENDUM: Please don’t read this post to mean this blog is going away. I’ll still be here, writing about new adventures!