MFA Nugget: Lessons From My Failed Residency Workshop

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- This post is an attempt to find some positives in an otherwise not-so-pleasant workshop experience here at my MFA in Writing residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Here is a list of things I promise not to do next summer, at my final residency: I will remember to say something …

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MFA Nugget: The Dynamics of a Writing Workshop

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- One thing I've learned in writing nonfiction is that when you write about others, there is no way of knowing what might cause offense. So if this post describing different types of workshop participants pisses off my current workshop mates, I will live with the result. I should note I am not …

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Is It Easier to Share with Strangers Than With Friends?

In our social media age, even the terms "stranger" and "friend" can be confusing. I consider some people I know on Twitter "friends" even though we have never met, and others I've crossed paths with in person "strangers." For this post, however, I'm going to consider a "friend" someone I've repeatedly spent time with in …

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6 Steps to a Winning Writing Workshop

When you're just starting to share your work as a creative writer, you hear people say they've been "workshopped." When, you might ask, did the word workshop become a verb? It sounds painful, like you've been bent over a sawhorse and violated with a jigsaw. When done right a workshop is far more pleasant than …

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