Hi everyone. Please don’t be shy about sending us your news. We will screen all posts to insure that others are not getting in and using inappropriate language, but I encourage all of you to send along writing news of interest for your colleagues and, soon-to-be, friends. Regarding posts, they can be about any of the following:
- A response to one of the faculty chats about craft or the state of the art of writng (the first one will be arriving shortly from Kim Bridgford);
- A great book you’ve read;
- An announcement of a local reading, conference, or venue for publication;
- An article about craft or writing tips, or the general field of creative writing;
- A question you want to share with others about writing (e.g., “writer’s block”, where and how to send manuscripts)
- Above all, your writing success stories — e.g. a poem, article, story, or book that you’ve had accepted for publication or that has recently been or is about to be published — and I know we have several such people in the program.
Other news: Nalini Jones’ reading and post-reading live-chat went extremely well. I want to thank those that sent in questions, and encourage all to attend the next MFA Inspired Writer event: MFA faculty poet Baron Wormser, on Oct. 8 at 7 pm at the Fairfield library (sorry, no on-line chat). At Nalini’s reading, which was truly remarkable, I was pleased to meet about a dozen new MFA students. So I encourage those of you who are close enough to attend. For those beyond commuting distance, we hope to start having some of the campus reading on the webpage as an audio so that you can listen too.
I just returned for the Connecticut Book Awards ceremony at the Hartford Public Library, where I was a finalist in the fiction category. Unfortunately, my Soul Catcher didn’t win, but lost out in grand fashion to Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost. He had been a finalist 4 times previously before winning this time. Since this was only my second finalist attempt, I didn’t feel so bad, not did I feel bad losing to one of the four or five truly great living novelists. Oh, well. Next time.
So let’s hear from you all.