Guest Post: Traveling the Publication Road

Enough about my journey to book publication. Let's hear from another author, novelist Sheila R. Lamb. I first encountered Sheila on Twitter in 2010. We were on the same road, creative writers looking to grow. Since connecting, we both researched, enrolled in, and graduated from low-residency MFA programs. We also both became published authors (well, …

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MFA Nugget: The End of This Creative Road

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 …

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Imagining History, or Creating True Scenes You’ve Never Seen

No matter what type of creative writing you pursue--fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry--a compelling scene can deepen the reader's immersion in your words. In two weeks I'll be giving a lecture at my final Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing residency titled Imagining History: Creating True Scenes You've Never Seen. I've provided a teaser of …

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MFA Nugget: The Social Life of a Residency

"You should write about what the social life is like here. That was the thing I was most afraid of before coming." One of my fellow students at my Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA residency made that suggestion last night, and so I'm going to take that on here. Now the first question is, …

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MFA Nugget: 10 Ways to Get Your Heart on the Page

"Less mind, more heart. That's what it comes down to." What do all of us writers long to hear from our readers, asked Robert Vivian in his lecture here at the Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Writing summer residency? We want to hear that our prose or poetry has moved said readers. And …

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